This phenomenon touches on many themes we have explored on Ethics Alarms: double standards, hypocrisy, Big Lies, mainstream media complicity in disinformation, the increasingly unavoidable conclusion that a large mass of progressive activists, pundits and public figures are just plain terrible people—our culture’s “bad guys.”
Item One: Bill Maher on David Koch
In his monologue on this week’s Real Time on HBO, the former comedian-turned-permanent-Leftist-asshole commented on the death of billionaire Republican donor and philanthropist David Koch from cancer at age 79 by saying (to the usual hoots of approval from his usual seal-clapping audience),
“Fuck him… I’m glad he’s dead…I guess I’m going to have to re-evaluate my low opinion of prostate cancer…As for his remains, he has asked to be cremated and have his ashes be blown into a child’s lungs. He and his brother have done more than anybody to fund climate science deniers for decades. So fuck him, the Amazon is burning up, I’m glad he’s dead, and I hope the end was painful.”
Of course, this was on a comedy show as part of a stand-up routine, so it’s all OK; it was just a joke, right?
I am reading similar sentiments from the Deranged Facebook Borg, but Maher is on television, and a major entertainment company employs him. I don’t understand how an ethical, responsible American and human being can continue to pay premium prices to a company that allows itself to be associated with pure hate like that, no matter how much they like “Westworld.” Have some responsibility for the culture. Write HBO and tell them that you are cancelling your subscription until it publicly rejects that kind of rhetoric in the public square. I wish I had a subscription so I could cancel it. I wish I didn’t oppose organized boycotts so I could launch a Facebook page and organize one.
Rick Moran wrote, quite correctly,
Forget ideology. Forget politics. How does a civilized human being get to the point where voicing such sentiments is believed to be acceptable by anyone in society — even political allies? Thinking such thoughts is bad enough. Most of us would be ashamed of ourselves for celebrating anyone’s demise and hoping “the end was painful.” It’s barbaric. The words are disconnected from conscience in a way that makes Maher less human.
Celebrating the death of a political adversary suggests that the deaths of adversaries are to be desired, and thus sought and facilitated. I am not aware of any similarly ugly sentiments coming from the other side of the political spectrum, while the projection of violent ends and painful beatings has been a continuing theme from the “resistance” for years.
In contrast, President Trump and those who support enforcing our laws were accused of inspiring the El Paso killer because the shooter adopted the term “invaders” for all immigrants. This dishonest effort to blame the shooting on Trump’s language required all sorts of deceit, as well as withholding the shooter’s manifesto so the public couldn’t connect the dots that proved what a grand lie the accusation was. The shooter regarded all immigrants, including legal ones, as “invaders.” Neither the President nor anyone else outside of the lunatic Right has ever used the term for anyone but illegal immigrants, who are, in fact, invaders by definition. The shooter did not advocate killing immigrants, but frightening them into self-deporting with mad acts such as his: he explicitly rejected genocide in his largely unseen manifesto. Never mind; those are just facts, and what matters to Democrats, as their Presidential front-runner so sagely reminded us, isn’t facts, but truth.
The real truth is that in Left-Land, double-standards reign.Thus the news media and Democrats howled that a single word—invaders—neither implying nor suggesting violence, prompted mass murder in El Paso. When one of their own acolytes directly extols death and painful death as a desirable means of eliminating adversaries and prevailing in policy debates, it is shrugged off as amusing.
Item Two: Marcie Blanco on men.
On the NBC News website, Marcie Blanco—I she’s the Marcie Blanco who co-wrote “Girls” (I can’t tell because NBC won’t let me stay on its site without allowing ads), but it doesn’t matter; the issue is that NBC would publish such bile—writes this:
Men need heterosexuality to maintain their societal dominance over women,Women, on the other hand, are increasingly realizing not only that they don’t need heterosexuality, but that it also is often the bedrock of their global oppression…Historically, women have been conditioned to believe that heterosexuality is natural or innate, just as they have been conditioned to believe that their main purpose is to make babies — and if they fail to do so, they are condemned as not “real,” or as bad, women…
As a snapshot of 2019 America, these stories present a startling picture. Men continue to coerce, harass, rape and kill girls and women — and go to extreme lengths to avoid responsibility for their actions. On the other side of the issue, girls and women are challenging heterosexuality, and even absconding from it altogether….While men stew in their mess, women are rising. They are taking back control of their lives and their bodies and they are questioning the foundation of the patriarchy — heterosexuality — that has kept them blindly subordinate for centuries.
In other words, Men Evil, Women Better. This is pure misandry, hate, and bigotry, negative stereotyping, and provocation for any weak-minded woman—say, Kirsten Gillibrand—to set out on a vendetta. It’s a cliché to say, but still correct, that an essay or a TV rant with genders reversed from a male pundit would result in an immediate firing for cause, and probably several, plus a corporate apology. A similar screed about what blacks, Jews, Muslims, or Hispanics “want” and “need” and “continue to do” while going “to extreme lengths to avoid responsibility for their actions” would also provoke a firestorm of outrage, and serious repercussions.
How extreme can this unapologetic bigotry, hate and hypocrisy get before the good, honest, fair, non-deranged Americans of the liberal persuasion—surely there must be some— snap to and realize they belong to a movement that is vicious, unprincipled, and toxic to the culture?
It’s an important question.