Canadian Country music superstar Shania Twain told The Guardian that she “would have voted for” President Trump if she was an American citizen “because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest.” She added, Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bullshit. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”
This off the cuff answer roused the social media anti-Trump Furies, and a hashtag, #ShaniaTwainCancelled, was born. Fearing that allowing a non-conforming opinion that the thought-policing Trump-hating Left had decreed was impermissible would harm her income stream, Twain instantly collapsed like the filling station in “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”
As Ann Althouse amusingly put it, “By evening poor Shania — the erstwhile lover of no bullshit — had apologized.” She tweeted,
“I would like to apologise to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President. The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President. I was trying to explain, in response to a question about the election, that my limited understanding was that the President talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician ”
- What a cowardly, weak-minded, virtue-signaling weasel! This doesn’t make her singing any worse, but for me, at least, since I can take Shania Twain (or any country singer) or leave her, this display of desperate pandering to anti-Trump bullies yanks her right down my cognitive dissonance scale below zero, placing her in the general vicinity of Alec Baldwin.
What this announces is that Twain will only utter opinions that her fans, at least her vocal fans and bullying fans, deem acceptable. Fine. Then shut up, Shania. If you won’t stand behind a genuine opinion, then your future poll-tested opinions are worthless. Look up integrity in a dictionary.
- Sure, Shania’s original statement was simple-minded, but her apology was worse. The reflex connection of President Trump to “discrimination” is just resistance cant without substance. Discrimination against who and what, Shania? Do you know? Do you really know anything about Trump and American politics? “Honest” would not be the first word to describe him or his candidacy, for example, looking at dumb statement #1.
If you don’t know anything, then why do you think your celebrity justifies injecting more incompetent and ignorant opinions into the public discourse?
- It’s usually unethical—irresponsible— to do anything in public incompetently. When celebrities mouth off, it encourages ordinary citizens to broadcast similarly lazy, badly-considered opinions based on ignorance or bias.
There are celebrities who are intelligent and well-informed, and whose opinions contribute something positive to public discourse. It is immediately obvious who such celebrities are, too. Those celebrities will not suddenly plead that they were taken out of context and deny their own opinions three times while the cock crows because of some nasty tweets.
- Allowing social media enforcers to make them recant like Gallileo enables, emboldens and empowers the thought police, especially the anti-Trump thought police who have been bullying anyone who has dared to express any support or positive opinion about the President of the United States since November, 2016.
These progressive hate-mongers are anti-democratic and anti-speech, and the weak-spined Shania Twains of the world feed their lust for power that they intend to abuse, do, and will. I’ve felt their rotting breath on Facebook. If you don’t accept their agenda of undermining elections, U.S. institutions and the legitimacy of the President, they want to tar you as depraved and in league with the forces of evil. If one lacks the confidence and character to tell such people—they are now the true deplorables—where they can shove their unethical tactics and demands for surrender—then one should stay on the sidelines until this fight is resolved.
This now leads me to do what I never thought I would or could ever do: say something positive about Kanye West. West shocked his fans last week when he expressed admiration for Candace Owens, an African American Donald Trump supporter who has—The Horror!-–criticized the eminently criticizable Black Lives Matter. Then, the following day, he tweeted nine videos from Scott Adams, the “Dilbert” creator who is now an arch-villain to the Left and NeverTrump Right because he has, since early in the 2016 campaign, pronounced that Donald Trump is not a fool, not an amateur, not unskilled, and should be taken seriously because he understands sales and persuasion. Boy, what an idiot!
Naturally, West’s fans, a largely black, progressive and pro-resistance group, gave him the Shania Twain treatment. To his credit—mark this down, because I may never write this again!—to Kanye West’s credit, he didn’t back down just because the speech police posse saddled up. Now, whatever his virtues as an artist, and whatever they are, I can’t fathom them, West is showing integrity. I don’t think Kanye West knows ethics from rutabagas. He is a race-baiter and a misogynist, and is quite possibly mentally ill. I literally don’t care what Kanye West thinks about anything. Nonetheless, when he shoots off his mouth, at least he has the courage of his convictions and does not capitulate to social media bullies and the thought censors.
When Hell freezes over, I now will choose to go to one of his concerts before I patronize Shania Twain.