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Jun 20 2021

Lin-Manuel Miranda Evokes Disgust With Apology

No one can be woke enough to avoid denunciation by the moonbat mob, not even the guy who made the Founding Fathers black and Hispanic. Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame used minority actors to play characters like Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. This is to be encouraged, as pretending that they weren’t white may be the only way to spare the titans of American history from erasure. Now the woke police have attacked Miranda for his casting in another production:

[W]hile most of the cast of “In the Heights” is Latino and one of the leads is African-American, there aren’t many (any?) Afro-Latino actors involved. Thus did a major triumph of minority representation onscreen become an occasion for Miranda to issue the latest groveling, half-sincere apology for being exclusionary.

It isn’t true in the sense that he meant it, but Obama’s wingman Eric Holder was right when he said that America is a “nation of cowards” on the subject of race. Read in horror as Miranda, who may have done more than anyone ever to get more nonwhites on the theater stage, begs forgiveness of a mob of thugs for not doing enough to advance identity politics:

Veteran Puerto Rican entertainer Rita Moreno dared plead with the mob to leave Miranda alone, but then promptly backed down and issued her own sniveling apology.

Have cowards like Miranda, Bob Brenly, Chris Harrison, et al. no self-respect at all? Obsequiously groveling before woke thugs is so disgusting, even other leftists must be getting sick to their stomach. They just don’t have the guts to admit it publicly. The exception to this rule is Bill Maher:

“This is why people hate Democrats,” says Maher. Well, one of the reasons.

You know the country has gone off the rails when Bill Maher sounds like the voice of reason.

Totalitarianism happens when people apologize to bullies instead of telling them to go to hell.

On tips from Varla and TCS III.

Jun 04 2021

Profiles in Cowardice: Bob Brenly

Before the disgusting spectacle of athletes kneeling in obeisance to black supremacist terrorists who were engaged in widespread political violence forced me to swear off baseball, I was a fan of Bob Brenly. He is a likable guy who managed the Arizona Diamondbacks to a World Series championship in 2001 and more recently has done a great job as color man for the team’s TV broadcasts. Unfortunately, he turns out to suffer from the same deficiency that has killed the MLB in the eyes of former fans: a gelatinous spine.

On Tuesday, Brenly made a tepid joke about the du-rag worn by Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman. Via Breitbart:

“Pretty sure that’s the same du-rag that Tom Seaver used to wear when he pitched for the Mets,” Brenly joked.

Uh oh. Stroman is a sacred Person of Color, and therefore must not be poked fun at in even the mildest way, according to the official religion of professional sports, wokism. Stroman denounced Brenly on Twitter for his “racist undertones.”

Now comes the horrifying part. Instead of showing some courage and serving as an inspiration to others, Brenly dropped to his knees and whimpered the following:

“During last night’s game, I made a poor attempt at humor that was insensitive and wrong … I apologize to Marcus Stroman and have reached out directly to share those thoughts. I have had several conversations with the D-backs, and we agree that seeking sensitivity training is an important step so I can continue to learn from my mistakes in order to be better in the future.”

At age 67, Brenly has had a long and distinguished career. The worst that could have happened if he had stood up to the bullies is that this career would be over. His self-respect, and the respect of fans, would still be intact. It does take extra guts to be the first guy to show courage on a sinking ship of cowards, but people have done braver things than say, “It was just a harmless joke and I’m not going to grovel over it, much less subject myself to humiliating indoctrination.”

He could have been the Tanner Cross of baseball. Instead, he is just another simpering, hand-wringing coward of the kind that has made America’s precipitous decline from greatness possible.

Prior to his managing days, Brenly played for the San Francisco Giants, who have now incorporated rainbow colors into their uniform to promote homosexuality. That’s how bad it gets when no one pushes back.

Imagine trying to make Murderers’ Row wear LGBT hats.

On tips from Wiggins and Mr. Freemarket.

May 31 2021

Wake Forest to Rename Renamed Building

Where moonbattery prevails, the renaming never stops, because few names can be woke enough to avoid offending the perpetually offended. Woke Forest University went only 19 days after renaming a building before agreeing to rename it again:

On May 7, Wake Forest University announced it would rename its Wingate Hall to “May 7, 1860 Hall” to mark the date it sold 16 slaves about 161 years ago.

“May 7, 1860, is the date Wake Forest sold at auction 16 human beings that a slave-owning benefactor bequeathed to the institution through his estate. By renaming this building, the University acknowledges participation in slavery, recognizes this aspect of its history and remembers those who labored at the institution against their will,” the university said in a news release at the time.

It seems our entire civilization now revolves around slavery, which existed throughout the world for millennia, and ended in this country going on 2 centuries ago.

Washington Manly Wingate, fourth president of Wake Forest, had to be erased for defending slavery in the mid-19th century. Wingate has been canceled, because blacks find him offensive.

But the new name offended blacks too. So the educrats obediently agreed to rename the building again. At last word, they were trying to come up with something blacks will tolerate. George Floyd Hall and Huey Newton Hall have already been suggested.

What fun it would be to be an aggrieved black student. You could proclaim that you find it traumatic and offensive that educrats don’t wear their underpants on their heads whenever they appear in public, and threaten to riot if they don’t comply.

On a tip from R F.

May 15 2021

The Wokeness Never Ends

Fisher Stevens is haunted by guilt to this day over having some innocent fun playing an Indian computer scientist who was a little goofy in the 1986 comedy Short Circuit. Stand by for the nuclear meltdown when liberals discover Soul Man, which came out the same year.

Less humorous is interracial violence, which is rarely inflicted by Caucasians, to the media’s immense disappoint. Young lives destroyed by the vicious and demented Cancel Culture mob — e.g., Caleb Kennedy’s — aren’t that funny either. But Mark Dice keeps our spirits up anyway:

On tips from KirklesWorth and ABC of the ANC.

Apr 27 2021

Canceling Isaac Newton

Progressives are serious about erasing Western Civilization in toto on the grounds that it is racist according to critical race theory. Even Sir Isaac Newton, the Father of Physics, may face cancelation as curricula are decolonized:

Newton has been labelled as a potential beneficiary of “colonial-era activity” in draft plans to “decolonise” the engineering curriculum at Sheffield University. …

The plans form part of the engineering faculty’s efforts to “challenge long-standing conscious and unconscious biases” among students to tackle “Eurocentric” and “white saviour” approaches to science and maths, and promote “inclusive design”.

Maybe Newton can survive total cancelation if they balance his discoveries with the delusional beliefs of dysfunctional savages who lived at the time.

Newton, who lived until 1727, laid the foundations of modern science with his theory of gravity, in the seminal Principia, and theories on light, time, colour and calculus.

His equation for universal gravitation, written in 1666 when he was 23, helped overthrow more than a thousand years of Aristotelian thinking.

Newton ranks among the greatest scientific minds of all time. But he was a white guy, so he will be lucky not to be erased — especially since he lived at a time when Western Civilization was raising the standard of living of the entire world by expanding through colonization.

Newton’s opinion of slavery is both irrelevant and unknown. However, he owned shares in a company that was involved in the slave trade. He lost a fortune when the company tanked, but that hardly expiates the sin of having participated no matter how tangentially in a practice that had been common throughout the world since the beginning of recorded history.

Other shareholders at the time included 462 members of the House of Commons and 100 members of the House of Lords.

Cancel them all!

If the Jacobins running British universities can cancel classical music in the name of critical race theory, they can cancel anything, even Newtonian physics. It would be blasphemy to suggest that the law of gravity might still be in force even after it has been repealed for being racist, because that would imply that the universe is not centered on historic black oppression.

Remarks Toby Young, general secretary of the Free Speech Union,

“Newton famously said, ‘If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.’ Everyone studying maths or engineering deserves to stand on Newton’s shoulders so they, too, can see further, regardless of their ethnicity.”

But the woke don’t need to see. They already know all there is to know. All that remains for them is to eradicate everyone living or dead who might contradict them.

On a tip from R F.

Apr 21 2021

Richard Dawkins Canceled

No moonbat is beyond the reach of cancelation. Yesterday’s hero of the left is today’s nonentity, to be frog-marched to the memory hole. Not even prominent atheist Richard Dawkins was safe; he has been stripped of the 1996 Humanist of the Year award by the American Humanist Association for deviating from transgender orthodoxy.

Exhibit A for the prosecution:

Not good enough. Men who pretend they are women are women period or you are canceled.

Also, Dawkins noted that it is “oppressive nonsense” to demand that employees sign a statement averring that “trans women are women.”

Then there was this:

Discuss? We don’t discuss anymore. Left-wing maniacs shriek pernicious nonsense and the rest of us nod our heads submissively. Otherwise, we get canceled.

When the mob set upon him for that last tweet, Dawkins tried to mollify it with a bigoted denunciation of “Republican bigots in US now exploiting this issue.” Too late; Dawkins has been canceled.

On a tip from Lyle.

Mar 23 2021

Harry’s: As Bad as Gillette?

Most countermoonbats would agree that it would be nice to avoid buying anything from the obnoxiously woke Procter & Gamble. But who to buy from instead? For toothpaste and dish soap, alternatives to Crest and Joy are offered by Colgate-Palmolive — which like P&G promotes transsexualizing children. For shaving products, in place of man-hating Gillette, there is Harry’s — which has joined the leftist cancel culture lynch mob, as Michael Knowles reveals:

The entire corporate establishment is rotted through with extreme moonbattery. German communist Rudi Dutschke called for a “Long March Through the Institutions.” At this point, there are few if any institutions left to be marched through. Normal people are now the underground.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Mar 11 2021

Profiles in Cowardice: Winston Marshall

A society becomes free due to courage. It stays free by the same means. Courage is a manifestation of character, which has been eroded in the West by moonbattery. Britain will degenerate into Airstrip One if it becomes a nation of cringing cowards like Winston Marshall, banjo player for the folk rock band Mumford & Sons.

Breitbart reports:

On Saturday, Marshall had fallen under fire by leftists on social media after tweeting, “Congratulations @MrAndyNgo. Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man,” alongside an image of Ngo’s new book, Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy.

At least Marshall recognizes bravery when he sees it. Ngo has done the crucial work the “mainstream” media refuses to do by getting up close to Antifa and reporting back. Antifa has responded as you would expect of fascist thugs (sorry, I mean antifascist thugs), sending him to the emergency room with a brain hemorrhage and threatening to kill him. After his book came out, he was forced to seek refuge abroad (ironically, in Marshall’s UK), but don’t expect him to quit.

Marshall’s endorsement produced the predictable response from tolerant liberals on Twitter. He was denounced as a “Nazi sh**bag” et cetera. Not being of Ngo’s caliber, he quickly caved to the mob, deleting the tweet.

That wasn’t enough. In hopes of appeasing unappeasable cancel culture, Marshall dropped to his knees and begged moonbats to forgive him.

This may be the most disgusting thing you ever see. Marshall tweeted the following:

“Over the past few days I have come to better understand the pain caused by the book I endorsed. I have offended not only a lot of people I don’t know, but also those closest to me, including my bandmates and for that I am truly sorry. As a result of my actions I am taking time away from the band to examine my blindspots.

“For now, please know that I realise how my endorsements have the potential to be viewed as approvals of hateful, divisive behaviour. I apologise, as this was not at all my intention.”

Paul Joseph Watson comments:

Quite how anyone thinks it’s controversial to be critical of Antifa, a disgusting, violent, extremist group that routinely attacks innocent people, including the disabled, is anyone’s guess.

Antifa is perhaps the most “hateful” and “divisive” organization in existence, although they’d face stiff competition from Black Lives Matter.

Antifa violence has been inflicted in support of Black Lives Matter so often that when it comes to mayhem, there is little point distinguishing between them.

Despite Antifa enjoying the overt support of the media and the tacit support of the Democratic Party, a recent Harvard/Harris poll found that 71% understand it to be a terrorist group. People just can’t say so publicly, because bullies are scary.

Tipping your hat to Andy Ngo is clearly extreme thoughtcrime. This gives the lie to woke ideology. Ngo is gay and nonwhite. Given the treatment he has received from Antifa thugs, he is far more of a victim than pampered campus crybullies who whimper about microaggressions. Progressives demand that we submit to them in the name of gays and nonwhites, who are sacred in the liberal religion due to their alleged victimhood. Yet Ngo is anathema, because he exposes the tactics of leftist brownshirts. On the Left, the issue is never the issue; the issue is always seizing power as an end in itself.

Mar 10 2021

Disney Banishes Iconic Movies From Kids Section

First come denunciations (as with classic movies by Turner Classic Movies), censorship (as with Bugs Bunny cartoons), and warning labels (as with The Muppet Show). Then classic movies and TV shows will be ghettoized, like pornography. For example, Disney has been taking iconic children’s movies out of the children’s section because moonbats now regard them as offensive:

DISNEY+ has stripped its children’s movie selection of classic movies like Dumbo, The Aristocats, and Peter Pan because of their “racist” stereotypes.

Settings on the streaming site’s app will deter children from watching the once-loved, now controversial, titles.

Since not everyone has a PhD in Social Justice, Disney helpfully explains in a Stories Matter section why the iconic movies are now to be regarded as thoughtcrime.

For Dumbo they explained that “the crows and musical number pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations.”

Education in Critical Theory allows you to find something problematic in every conceivable aspect of American culture. That no kid watching the movie will superimpose nonsense about enslaved Africans on a bunch of birds is irrelevant.

Another ideological sin:

[F]or Peter Pan they stated that “the film portrays Native people in a stereotypical manner that reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions.”

Any portrayal of Indians deemed “stereotypical” by leftists is to be erased. That’s why Indians are disappearing as an aspect of American society, no longer to be seen on butter packaging, baseball hats, et cetera.

However, despite this, adults will still be able to access the taboo movies – but they will be shown with disclaimers warning viewers of what is to come.

Viewers wanting to watch the animated flicks will be told: “This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures.

“These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now.”

If you are going to watch classic movies, you should at least watch them feeling guilty, or better still, feeling smugly superior to the society that produced them.

You can guess the last stage of this process. Classic shows that have helped comprise American culture will disappear altogether, leaving us nothing but unwatchable woke garbage that imposes a fake culture rather than reflecting the real one that social engineers are in the process of abolishing.

On a tip from Stormfax.

Mar 09 2021

Hank Williams Jr Tried to Warn Us

As noted yesterday, New York Times propagandist Charles Blow marked Pepe le Pew for cancelation for allegedly promoting rape culture (unlike the rap that liberals revere). Pepe was already vanishing. Deadline reports that a decision had been made to delete the amorous French skunk from a Space Jam sequel:

Pepe was set to appear in a black-and-white Casablanca-like Rick’s Cafe sequence. Pepe, playing a bartender, starts hitting on a woman at the bar played by [Greice] Santo. He begins kissing her arm, which she pulls back, then slamming Pepe into the chair next to hers. She then pours her drink on Pepe, and slaps him hard, sending him spinning in a stool, which is then stopped by LeBron James’ hand. James and Bugs Bunny are looking for Lola, and Pepe knows her whereabouts. Pepe then tells the guys that Penelope cat has filed a restraining order against him. James makes a remark in the script that Pepe can’t grab other Tunes without their consent.

Santo isn’t happy about the cut:

The actress-singer has been a victim of sexual harassment and has spoken out against it; even recording a debut single “Você Você” back in February 2018 with multi- Grammy-winning producer Humberto Gatica to empower women to stand up to sexual predators and sexual harassment. Santo even has a non-profit, Glam with Greice, which aims to empower victims of domestic violence to change their lives for the better. Santo took joy in shooting the Space Jam sequel scene with Pepe, because the skunk finally gets his comeuppance.

She must not have gotten the memo from the NY Times that the mere existence of Pepe le Pew reifies rape culture. Whether he is presented as an object of ridicule as in the original cartoons or subjected to physical punishment as in the deleted scene makes no difference.

It’s like the forbidden n-word. Even to say it in the context of denouncing someone else for saying it will get you canceled, as Papa John Schnatter learned the hard way. If liberals don’t like something, it must not exist at all. Context is irrelevant.

Pepe isn’t the only one to bid us adieu:

Last June, the old Looney Tunes streaming on HBO Max banned Elmer Fudd from using a gun, given the modification in response to US gun violence.

Speedy Gonzales survives for now. Although his days are numbered, he has his defenders, like comedian and actor Gabriel Iglesias, aka “Fluffy”:

Sadly, cancel culture will catch every last atom of what was until yesterday American culture and sanctimoniously grind it out of existence unless serious pushback begins quickly.

Hank Williams Jr tried to warn us about what they are doing to Bugs Bunny & Co in the song “The Coalition to Ban Coalitions”:

Now the latest thing they want to stamp out is violence on TV
And the worst of all is that Oscar winning rabbit Bugs Bunny
Farewell Foghorn Leghorn, so long Yosemite Sam
They’re messin’ with our heroes and we got to stop ’em now

After our culture has been erased, kids will grow up on what liberals regard as more wholesome fare, like Cardi B videos.

It would be a better world if more people listened to Hank Jr.

On a tip from Lyle.

Mar 08 2021

Pepe le Pew Gets Canceled

They came for Dr Seuss. Now they are coming for Pepe le Pew:

The scariest thing about leftist blowhards like Blow is that, having no sense of humor, they lose all critical perspective. Anyone deranged enough to regard Pepe le Pew cartoons as a promotion of rape culture is deranged enough to impose a culture no reasonable person would want to live in.

As noted at Not the Bee,

When you bring an adult’s eye to a cartoon, and all the baggage and damage and neuroses that come with it, you will come away with a perspective that bears no resemblance to how it is perceived by a child.

If progressives had any respect for the innocence of children, they wouldn’t push them to become transsexual. They see children as pawns, whose cluelessness can be exploited to advance the leftist agenda. Ironically, Charles Blow’s employers at the New York Times probably see him the same way.

On a tip from Lyle.

Mar 08 2021

Turner Classic Movies Denounces Classic Movies

At this point in our cultural decline into unmitigated moonbattery, you may be tempted to nail boards over the windows and retreat into the world of classic movies. They were made for an audience of decent people who held American values. But these movies won’t survive cancel culture for long.

The main television source of classic movies is Turner Classic Movies. Can we trust anything spawned by Ted Turner of CNN infamy as a cultural repository? We cannot:

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Rope are among the films that Turner Classic Movies has deemed “troubling and problematic,” joining the ranks of Gone with the Wind in a new series called “Reframed: Classic Films in the Rearview Mirror,” which seeks to scrutinize old movies through the lens of today’s identity politics.

The new TCM series, which launched on Thursday, also seeks to pick apart such innocuous movies as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? and My Fair Lady.

“Many of the beloved classics that we enjoy on TCM have stood the test of time in several ways, nevertheless when viewed by contemporary standards, certain aspects of these films can be troubling and problematic,” the cable network said.

Anything deemed “troubling and problematic” by cultural gatekeepers is living on borrowed time.

Next after subjecting ideologically problematic movies to a Two Minutes Hate, TCM will probably put “offensive content” warnings on them, like Disney does with The Muppet Show. Then classics like The Searchers will be passed over, so that the controllers can run The Color Purple for the third time of the week — until The Color Purple is discovered to be problematic in its turn for infractions against political correctness that we cannot even imagine now. How long can John Wayne movies survive in a world controlled by people who would cancel Dr Seuss?

If it is worth having, liberals will see it as worth erasing, so get it on DVD.

On tips from Steve T and Wiggins.

Mar 03 2021

Prices of Canceled Dr Seuss Books Skyrocket

This is a great time to invest in physical manifestations of American culture, which will become increasingly scarce due to the progressive drive to erase our heritage and identity. Already the thought police have moved beyond all things Southern and have started erasing Americana as anodyne as the works of Dr Seuss. Consequently, Dr Seuss books that have been canceled for being ideologically problematic are fetching a pretty penny:

Suddenly on Tuesday, after the company that publishes Dr. Seuss books announced it would stop selling six of his titles — “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer” — those books could not be found on Amazon.com for their normal prices, and any editions for sale had astronomical prices.

For example, when searching for “If I Ran The Zoo,” the Amazon site listed “1 new,” “1 used,” and “1 collectible,” but when clicking on the links for “new” or “used,” a message popped up reading, “Currently there are no other sellers matching your location and/or item specification.” Yet a “collectible” link showed the book available for $1,500.

Imagine how much you might get for the last DVD of Gone With the Wind.

Eventually, we will reach the part where Democrat authorities go house to house confiscating forbidden cultural relics, as was done by the Red Guard during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Ray Bradbury predicted what we will do next in Fahrenheit 451: memorize the books, so that they will not be totally lost to tyranny.

On tips from Dragon’s Lair and Blackjack.

Mar 02 2021

Dr Seuss Sentenced to Cancelation

To achieve political perfection, everything that came before now must be erased. That means our entire culture. All of it is racist, even the anodyne Dr Seuss books we grew up on.

It was 2 years ago that Learning for Justice declared Dr Seuss to be politically unclean:

Until recently, Read Across America Day was—in everything but title—National Dr. Seuss Day. It’s even celebrated on March 2, his birthday.

Social engineers have discovered that this is yet another example of our shameful systemic racism. Now the National Education Association focuses on “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers.” Diversity means eradicating anything not in full compliance with up-to-the-minute leftist dogma. This spells curtains for Dr Seuss.

Researchers Katie Ishizuka and Ramón Stephens examined 50 children’s books and 2,200 characters created over Theodore Seuss Geisel’s nearly 70-year career “to evaluate the claims that his children’s books are anti-racist.”

Naturally, the “researchers” found racism. If academics couldn’t find it wherever they look, they might be forced to find real jobs. Of the 2,240 human characters in Dr Seuss books, an insufficient percentage were non-Caucasians, and these were not depicted in strict accordance with today’s ideological requirements. Imagine having nothing better to do than count the characters in children’s book to see if they comply with current diversity quotas.

Even “The Sneetches” is racist, because it is antiracist. It makes the point that people should be seen as individuals rather than as faceless representatives of warring tribes. This is antiracist to a normal person, but racist to the woke social engineers who have redefined racist to mean not racist, and vice versa.

Presenting the politically correct way to read about Sneetches:

The solution to the story’s conflict is that the Plain-Belly Sneetches and Star-Bellied Sneetches simply get confused as to who is oppressed. As a result, they accept one another. This message of “acceptance” does not acknowledge structural power imbalances. It doesn’t address the idea that historical narratives impact present-day power structures. And instead of encouraging young readers to recognize and take action against injustice, the story promotes a race-neutral approach.

This pernicious lunacy is completely on the level. This is what they are teaching in colleges these days. The author, Gabriel Smith, is described in his bio as “a program associate with Teaching Tolerance.” By tolerance, they are presumably referring to Herbert Marcuse’s repressive tolerance — i.e., intolerance.

Now that progressives have destroyed the concept of tolerance by redefining it to mean intolerance, they can dispense with it altogether. That could be why Teaching Tolerance changed its name to the more vindictive Learning for Justice. As Rod Dreher notes:

It is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and has some influential partners.

Speaking of the hate group SPLC, it…

…recently decided as a formal matter not to care so much about black race hatred, saying it’s kind of justified. So now we have Good Race Hatred (that is, when propagated by black people) and Bad Race Hatred (when propagated by non-black people).

According to the enlightened ideology of our liberal ruling class, it is racist to disapprove of racism against whites, who are bad because they are all racist by dint of their race.

Smith’s denunciation of Dr Seuss has been getting traction as the cancel culture searches out new witches to burn. Explicitly in the name of inclusion, Dr Seuss has been excluded altogether from Read Across America Day in Loudon County, Virginia public schools.

On tips from ABC of the ANC and Varla.

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