Observations, besides the obvious and obligatory, “What an idiot!”…
1. This is signature significance for a stupid woman, desperately virtue- signaling to her peer group. No fair or intelligent person would say or think such a thing.
2. The tweet is declaring that an entire race should be ashamed of itself. This is bigotry; this is racism. Arquette lacks the intellectual skill to figure that out, though it is startlingly straightforward.
3. One of the responses to the tweet, which helps us define the kind of person who would follow the likes of Rosanna Arquette on Twitter, wrote, “Please don’t. I understand the inclination but this is actually more harmful than helpful. POC are not trying to shame decent white people for being white. This feeds into a right wing talking point that this is what we want. I don’t. I want allies who see my humanity. That’s it.”
Ah. Here we have a rebuttal to a woman asserting that all whites are the same declaring what “POCs” want, as if they are also monolithic. Beautiful.
4. Again, we must reluctantly applaud Twitter, as destructive as it is, for once again providing a tool for silly, incompetent, bigoted public figures to out themselves.
5. Despite well-deserved ridicule on social media for this fatuous and offensive tweet, Arquette hasn’t learned anything. Now playing the victim, she told The Wrap, “There are toxic and very vicious people on social media. Threatening and cruel. I said yesterday the I am ashamed of the color of my skin. I am privileged just because I’m white. I feel shame. Because of all the violence that is happening in America and other racist countries.”
Yes, we know that’s what you said, Rosanna. One could legitimately call publicly impugning everyone with a particular skin shade “cruel.” In fact, I’ll do that right now: calling people shameful based on a single immutable characteristic is cruel as well as bigoted and cretinous. “All the violence” is an ignorant and inflammatory characterization, as is “racist.”
6. I wonder what it will take to rid the culture of the toxic influence of has-been celebrities, a group ranging from the trivial Alyssa Milano to the disgraced Dan Rather to the diminished Larry Tribe, who use social media to exploit their unearned or no longer valid authority?
Arquette, considered a rising film star in the 80s, has been living off forgettable work in TV, cable and small film projects since her last role in a significant production, a single (though memorable) scene in 1994’s “Pulp Fiction.” Her younger siblings’ (Patricia and David) careers have eclipsed hers, and both of them are washed up now too. Arquette is neither educated, informed, analytical nor astute: why does a star who peaked in the 80’s based primarily on her looks attract social media followers? How barren does one’s life and mind have to be to look to the likes of this woman for enlightenment?