GOOD Morning, Everyone!
1 Ethics Alarms Holiday Challenge! report: You did not disappoint me. I have not read all the comments in detail yet, but the various evisceration of NBC’s jaw-droppingly stupid call for an end to freedom of speech produced at least five strong Comment of the Day candidates. I won’t re-post all of them, because Noah’s inept screed doesn’t warrant that much space, frankly. Good job!
On a related administrative note, I’m really going to try to get all the Ethics Alarms Best and Worst completed this year (having fallen short the last two), and would appreciate nominations in all categories. (Some examples are here and here, but don’t feel constrained. New categories are welcome.)
Use this post, please, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Doesn’t help…President Trump couldn’t resist tweeting this:
‘In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record,’ he tweeted from Mar-a-Lago Thursday night, where it is currently a balmy 78 degrees Fahrenheit Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!’
- These are the tweets that try men’s souls. It’s just never a good thing for the leader of the country to broadcast his ignorance and deficits of critical thought.
- It would be a bit less annoying—but still unpresidential and self-destructive, if the President were satirizing the climate change chorus, which despite the fact that the science they claim to revere so much says its nonsense to do so, still cite individual weather events as “proof” of global warming, most recently the 2017 hurricane season. Or if he were trolling his foes, which he is often masterful at doing, trying to lure them into hypocrisy. Predictably, journalists took the bait anyway, with many suddenly becoming sticklers for the key distinction between climate change, and weather after years and years of intentionally blurring in in their interviews and reporting. Sadly, there is no reason to believe the President was doing anything but trumpeting his own scientific illiteracy.
- I wonder what the President’s approval ratings would be if he had never sent a tweet after taking the oath of office?
3. Daring the alt-right is a really bad idea, Part I. Item: Rising stand-up comic Iliza Shlesinger held a show called “Girls Night In WIth Iliza — No Boys Allowed.” “Girls’ Night In is a hybrid stand up show and interactive discussion between Iliza and the women in the audience aimed at giving women a place to vent in a supportive, fun and inclusive environment,” promotion for the show read. . “She invites women of all walks of life to come, laugh with her and at her and be ready to share and feel safe for an awesome night of comedy and love.”
George St. George purchased two tickets to the November 13 show, and when he arrived to pick them up at the box office, he was told that he would have to sit in the back of the theater because he was male. [ This is an ethics alarms fail for obvious reasons.] . Then later, when Shlesinger tried to enter the theater, he was informed that no men would be admitted, and offered a refund.
St. George is suing. Good. He asks how the show was different from a “Caucasian Night” or “Heterosexual Night.” That’s an easy one: it isn’t.
If women’s groups and arrogant feminists really think they can engage in flagrant gender bias and discrimination of their own without consequences seriously deleterious to their cause, they are going to get a nasty and perhaps tragic lesson in the dangers of hubris. If Democrats think they can safely embrace this kind of bigotry, the party’s stupidity and dearth of integrity have no bounds.
4. Daring the alt-right is a really bad idea, Part 2.Item: “37 Things White People Need To Stop Ruining In 2018” is Buzzfeed’s headline of a supposedly humorous piece by racist African American asshole Patrice Peck. It’s a racist headline and a racially divisive and hateful feature. The fact that a parallel article about what “black people” ruin would result in immediate condemnation from all reaches of news media and immediate firings and this does not adds followers to alt-right groups like sugar attracts ants, and at a visceral level, I don’t blame them. Self-defense is a natural response to threats and hostility. It doesn’t require excessive pride in one’s personal characteristics to deeply resent a general attack on the people who share them. The Buzzfeed article is indefensible unless it confers license for the targets of its prejudice to return fire in kind. It doesn’t and can’t, but in the eyes of a lot of people who regard the establishment of a double standard a tacit admission that the standard is a sham, that’s what it is. If you want more Charlottesvilles, this is how you get them.