*I’m pretty sure Netflix doesn’t give a flying shit about butt-hurt racists boycotting their streaming network because they don’t like some of their programming. I don’t know why they think this would even work. When there’s shit on Netflix that I don’t like, you know what I do? I don’t watch it. Why? Because there’s about a bajillion other things on Netflix to look at.
At any rate I’m always up for trolls getting trolled on Twitter.
*Okay, this one made me laugh and cry. It really does feel like a break-up, doesn’t it?
*When I first heard about this, I was just Wow! She just straight the fuck lying to our faces at this point. I have no more evens left. I just can’t. Twitter needs to drag this woman more often than it does. Well, in this political climate, people are definitely honing their Twitter skills.
You can skip this if you’re just not in the mood for this shit right now, but apparently I like to start my mornings off pissed or something because I always do this. By evening, I’m pretty tapped out, but my mornings are all fired up.
This is just a link to a post that articulates my general aesthetic right now. There is absolutely no amount of excuse making by Trump voters that’s going to fly with me. Don’t try it. It ain’t gonna work. My ears are closed to such people. The stakes are too high for me, and people like me, to listen to anymore wishy-washy, namby-pamby, kumbaya, let’s all get along , bullshit from these people.The rest of us can’t afford to be complacent, or give Trump a chance.
I don’t normally get political on this blog, at least not political in the Political sense, but I’m making an exception today because some of these posts gave me a petty happy and hey, I’m feeling kinda bitter, and petty is where am at right now.
I debated whether or not to put this on here, but only because it’s not really Pop Culture related. Nevertheless it is one of several popular topics on Tumblr, and I had a theory.
Tumblr hates Tomi Laren.
Actually, I don’t know any sane human being who doesn’t like her. I don’t like her and most of the Black people I know hate her guts. I don’t hate her though because for one: she’s a child, and two: she’s too dumb. I can’t tolerate stupid but I don’t actually hate it, as that requires too much energy.Odds are that it is unlikely she will grow out of it either. Stupidity this entrenched is hard to get out from under.
This is a girl who is trying really hard to be a Jr. Ann Coulter, but isn’t bright enough to pull it off. For one thing, as detestable as Ann is, her thoughts can sometimes be quite original, and you can see there’s a cynical, and nasty, brain in her head. Not so much with Tomi, whose eyes are as vacant as a doll, and who I very much suspect, has never had an original thought in her life. Most of her talking points come directly from Bill O’Reilly, as I’ve heard him espouse many of the exact same disgusting ideas, only he’s more eloquent about it.
She doesn’t have enough brains to come for Kaepernick, nevertheless, she thinks she does. I’m pretty sure Kaepernick, in fact most people, can run rings around her, which is why she had to completely make up all her talking points with which to refute him. She walked into this fight unarmed and asking for a refund, with no receipts. She’s carrying a rubber eraser. Her opponents are carrying swords.
She is a trust fund baby, trying to be a grown woman, and run with the big dogs, and she’s not smart enough to do that, either. She lacks finesse, doesn’t understand dog whistles, and thinks that passionately yelling that she has a right to an opinion is a stand in for intelligent discourse. I have noticed that people who yell the loudest about having a “right” to their opinion, are usually wrong (and tend to be deeply stupid).
“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.” – Harlan Ellison
Lahren never misses an opportunity to explain how ethnic minorities need to be more grateful to the white majority, as if casual and systemic bigotry is the cost of admission in our fair nation. It’s a racist perspective because it views the parameters of race relations in America as beginning with the erroneous assumption that America is (1) a white country (2) built by whites (3) for whites.
The Lahren conclusion of such ahistorical proofs is that minorities should be thankful for basic citizenship because they do not intrinsically belong in America—even if they were born here—yet receive scraps of America’s prosperity nonetheless. The idea that American prosperity, particularly in the slave-based (and contemporarily conservative-based) South, was not disproportionately labored for by minorities is willful ignorance of the moral stain on America’s soul that is the Confederacy’s attempt to make plantation owners the cultural and political aristocracy of an independently slave-based nation.
Lahren is like a white-nationalist lawyer calling “objection” every time the supposed benevolence of white people is questioned, and she often uses her show to explain how all of America’s racial injustices individually do not prove that America is racist, while steering the jury of Americans impressionable to racial scapegoating’s attention away from the reality that, collectively, our never-ending stream of racial controversies suggests America is not quite post-racial. Lahren often points to the fact that President Obama and other black figures like Kaepernick have been successful, as if that proves that there are no systemic racial obstacles in America. Her show is a battle against accusations of oppression with angry rhetorical oppression.
I do not know Lahren personally, but her South Dakota upraising certainly does not suggest she had much of a—what is increasingly becoming a polarized, buzz word due to the Alt-Right’s neo-nazi penchant for racial hierarchies—multicultural experience. Her rhetorical political efforts certainly lean toward the Alt-Right’s white-focused ideology of America being a white nation, and especially toward the Alt-Right’s angry resistance to the slightest hints of social injustice. The Alt-Right’s motivation is suspect when populist pushes for societal equality make them feel like victims. If they feel victimized by equality, does it not prove that they do indeed have societal privileges? It is flawed political mathematics because extending equality to those without it is not a zero-sum game like the Alt-Right imagines.
Lahren certainly shows her Alt-Right sympathies when she suggests that ethnic minorities are ungrateful for and undeserving of living in America, that, if one doesn’t like their country exactly as it is, one should leave. Tomi Lahren’s consistent coverage of the allegedly unpatriotic sympathies of social justice figures has turned her into something of a Millennial mix between Sarah Palin and Sean Hannity: angered by the digital generation’s liberalism and tolerance, and a soapbox of pavlovian, white-nationalist empathy for the exaggerated struggle of the ethnic majority, respectively.
As many of you know, Colin Kaepernick has made a decision not to stand for the National Anthem to draw attention to issues of injustice, unfair treatment of minorities and military veterans, and lack of accountability for police officers who use excessive force. Some folks have had quite a bit to say about it. One of those people is TheBlaze’s Tomi Lahren.
And boy, did she have something to say about it! Goodness. But, in the midst of that “smackdown” she delivered, she said a few troubling things, made a few troubling assumptions, and in some places had Colin all the way fucked up. So allow me to address some of those issues below:
– Colin never placed the blame on white people. White people were never even mentioned. So to make an assumption and then talk shit on his biological and adoptive parents is uncalled for and not a good look.
– He explicitly stated that his refusal to stand for the national anthem is by no means meant to disrespect members of the military. In fact, he has friends and family members who have served in the military.
– Colin never said he was oppressed. He stated that he was using his platform to speak for and draw attention to the issues people who are.
– “What have you done to make it better?” Well, using his platform to bring attention to the issues faced by a large number of Americans (and yes, even those military members that she claims he’s disrespecting. He mentions the treatment of many veterans upon their return home. Ask just about anyone who’s had to visit a VA hospital about how they’re treated and they’d likely tell you a less-than-happy story.)
– “What’s your message to black kids, to people of color? That their biggest contribution to justice and self-fulfillment is to walk around with a chip on their shoulder?” Um…his message is not exclusively for black children, nor does he claim to be their spokesperson or representative. And again, I reference the fact that he’s using his platform to bring attention to the issues that people of color (and other groups) face. It’s the beginning of his contribution, not the biggest part of it.
The rest of her “rant” is some separatist, finger-pointing bullshit that is only meant to stoke the fires of hatred and shift the focus from actually addressing the issues that Colin Kaepernick is raising by wilfully ignoring the point like it’s a call from a bill collector. She implies that the problems that people of color face are because of other people of color not being willing to fix hundreds of years of societal problems as soon as they step into office. She says this without acknowledging the resistance these people of color (and let’s be honest, she’s talking about President Obama) face for having the nerve to not be white and elected into office. And she sees any actions to acknowledge these problems as an attack on white people as a whole. WHO WERE NEVER EVEN FUCKING MENTIONED IN THE FIRST PLACE.
Kaepernick’s true sin is his rejection of the faustian bargain offered to black people who reach elite status in America––that their success comes at the price of ceasing to criticize the racism in the system that allowed them to thrive as exceptions. Many Americans would prefer that black elites not remind them of America’s unfulfilled promise that all are created equal, but rather pretend it has already been realized, or be silent about the ways in which it has not. The only thing that would satisfy Kaepernick’s critics is apathy.