Commemorating one week without our Rugby, who shrugged off his canine coil Saturday last. It has been a weird and lachrymose seven days, full of reflex attempts to call him, look for him, start to out out food, and more. Worsts of all have been the chance encounters with our neighbors and his admirers, which have ended in everyone involved getting choked up. This is all exhausting, and not conducive at all to adequate focus on other matters.
1. The rest of the story...Marshae Jones, the woman who got her unborn child killed by starting a fistfight with a co-worker, will not be charged for the death of the fetus in the Alabama case I wrote about here. I thought that would be the result. In the Ethics Alarms reader poll, over 50% felt that she should be charged:
2. Grandstanding idiot alert! Arizona Governor Doug Ducey received applause among those who do not appreciate gratuitous America-bashing and wokeness-groveling when he reacted to Nike’s decision to pull its “Betsy Ross flag” sneakers (because Colin Kaepernick objected) by announcing that he would no longer support state incentives for the company to build a plant in the Grand Canyon State. Two days later, Ducey arrived at a 4th of July party wearing Nikes.
I wonder how he managed to forget to wear his Colin Kaepernick tee shirt?
3. Harry Truman’s best quote comes to mind. That would be, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
Two British playwrights, Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley, have accused actor Idris Elba of misappropriating their work on “Tree,” a play they worked on with Elba for several years. “Tree” will have its world premiere at the Manchester International Festival this month, but the aggrieved playwrights will not be at the premiere,
They complain that their role in the play’s development has been erased, and that their work is not being properly acknowledged. Elba and and the play’s director say Allen-Martin and Henley withdrew from the project, and that the show that has evolved no longer reflects their work.
“This whole process has been terribly upsetting, and we’ve felt terrified about speaking out…People need to be better, especially people who inspire others,” the pair wrote on Medium.
That last sentence is the truth, and the crux of the problem. It doesn’t matter if the eventual play was substantially or completely different from the version the two writers worked on with Elba. They were still instrumental in its development. Basic fairness and decency demand that they receive both acknowledgement and, if the show is a success, some kind of financial recognition as well.
I speak from bitter experience. I have been an active collaborator on more than one theatrical project that went on without me to some degree of acclaim with my contributions still much in evidence. In all but one of these cases, since I did not condition my contributions on compensation of contractual terms (this is my fault, my wife insists) , I was essentially screwed over by the remaining creative team. When I have been in charge of the final project, however, I have always, if anything, bestowed excessive rewards and recognition upon my creative partners, because that is how these matters are ethically handled.
4. Why I ended up homeschooling my son, Reason #4,768. William Latson, the principal of Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, Florida, was asked by the mother of a student how the school prioritized Holocaust education in its history curriculum. Latson told her,regarding the history curriculum.,“Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened. We advertise it to the 10th grade parents as [there] are some who don’t want their children to participate and we have to allow them the ability to decline.” The principal explained in an email that Holocaust education is “to be introduced but not forced upon individuals, as we all have the same right but not all the same beliefs.”
More from Latson:
“Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened and you have your thoughts but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs so they will react differently, my thoughts or beliefs have nothing to do with this because I am a public servant. I have the role to be politically neutral but support all groups in the school…I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”
The mother’s position was succinctly stated: “The Holocaust is a factual, historical event. It is not a right or a belief.”
After predictable flack from various sources, the principal apologized. “I’m sorry that I’m not competent to oversee the education of children” is not a sufficient remedy here, however.
5. Good. And yes, T.J. Helmstetter is an asshole. On the evening of July 4 T.J. Helmstetter, a public relations contractor who previously worked for the Democratic National Committee, went to Hill Country Barbecue Market, a D.C. area restaurant. There he saw a diner wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap, and told him, “We don’t tolerate racism in this city.” The MAGA cap wearer’s female companion stood up and jabbed T.J. with her finger, prompting Helmstetter to respond, “Get your fucking hands off of me or something like that,” according to his tweet.
Hill Country manager then ordered Helmstetter to leave. Helmstetter walked outside and called a Hill Country manager to complaint, but got no support; the manager backed the staff. Next, Helmstetter whined on Twitter that Hill Country “chose to protect the Nazi’s right but not mine” to dine at the restaurant.
He really wrote this.
Who are these people? How did they get like this? By what weird process did Helmstetter come to think that he has the same right to harass and insult a diner at a restaurant because he doesn’t agree with the diner’s support of the President of the United States that the diner has to wear his cap? At last count, this progressive fascist’s self-righteous tweet has about 2,300 likes, meaning there are at least that many arrogant,abusive, un-American assholes like him out there ready to pounce.
The Washington Post writes, “Critics said Hill Country made the right call; they considered Helmstetter the aggressor and the intolerant one.” What? In what hyper-partisan Bizarro World ethics hell is throwing out a customer who accosts a stranger just trying to enjoy dinner not the right call?