The mad diversity obsession being flung at American culture from the depths of the progressive insanity is a brainwashing exercise to make society forget what it has already learned: What matters is whether a group is constructed based on merits such as talent, experience, relevant skills, achievement, potential for significantly contributing to the success of an enterprise, and character. To the extent that the presence of diversity in a group suggests that opportunity has been equally available to all, contingent on these qualities, of course, it is a welcome condition. If the diversity can only be achieved by warping, rigging or ignoring the relevant qualifications, however, the process is destructive, and indeed unethical. Diversity for diversity’s own sake is a rationalization for unfair treatments and incompetence.
Corporations, sucking up to current fad as they are programmed to do, will eagerly enable this destructive cultural brainwashing, if the more level-headed and ethically grounded among them don’t do our duty and mercilessly mock such examples as these:
Sports Illustrated has been holding a stunt search for unknown models to add to their usual bikini beauties for the annual, and completely anachronistic, annual swimsuit issue. The six finalists have been announced and they include a 56-year-old woman, a bald woman, and a “plus-side mode.” Why no amputees, little people, anorexia suffers, steroid-stuffed female body-builders, Asian acid burn victims and transsexuals, I don’t know. Listen to this nonsense from SI editor MJ Day:
“The entire concept of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search was born out of frustration. We were not seeing the diversity and representation in the industry that we wanted to include in our brand. I could not be prouder of the thousands of people that submit to be considered and that attended the open casting call we held during Miami Swim Week. It proves that more and more women regardless of age, color and or background are feeling worthy and empowered to be a part of something that’s a lot more than just rocking a bikini.”
Fine, except that entire point of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has been to feature gorgeous women rocking bikinis. This was always a transparently lame excuse to transform what is supposed to be a publication about sports into a girlie T&A mag once year, because it sells. Now what is the issue supposed to be, a fetish special for men who get off on bald chicks and obese sirens? Beauty and sex features are not the place for this kind of diversity. Come on, SI, we want to see some really, really ugly models. Have the courage of your convictions.
Now for a real head exploder in the Corporate Virtue Signaling Diversity Pandering race:
Barnes and Noble
Barnes & Noble kicked off Black History Month by announcing a new initiative with Penguin Random House to create “a series of covers for twelve American classics that re-imagine protagonists as people of color.” They really did. No, I’m not kidding. Really.
Thus we had covers showing a black Captain Ahab on “Moby-Dick” (but oddly no Great Black Whale), a black Dorothy on the cover of “The Wizard of Oz” (wasn’t there a musical about that?) a black Frankenstein’s Monster, a black “Alice in Wonderland,” a black Long John Silver (why not “Long John Black”?) and Peter Pan…what a great idea! Of course, none of the authors of these classics described their iconic characters this way, so the the whole exercise is disrespectful and faintly simple-minded, as if race wouldn’t change these characters’ identities and behavior at all.
A press release described the selection process explaining that an artificial intelligence program was used to “analyze the text from 100 of the most famous titles, searching the text to see if it omitted ethnicity of primary characters.” The algorithm apparently had the ability to account “for the fact that when authors describe a character, they rarely outright state their race, but often use more poetic and descriptive language.”
Happily, the booksellers got what they richly deserved. The “Diverse Editions” were scheduled to be unveiled at the Fifth Avenue Barnes & Noble in New York, but the reaction was sharply negative. The stunt dumb was called, among other choice names, an attempt at “literary blackface,” and the whole thing has been cancelled.
See what we missed?
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