McGowan is a former Hollywood “scream queen” (one of my personal favorites, with her entertaining turn in “Scream” and her unforgettable “babe with a an automatic rifle for an artificial leg” performance in “Grindhouse” ) turned fearless #MeToo activist. She one of Harvey Weinstein’s victims, and has earned a reputation for calling out hypocrites within that movement in merciless terms, notably her former “Charmed” cast mate and current fellow Twitter auteur, Alyssa Milano.
It was to be expected that the odious dishonesty of the virtual Democratic National Convention just completed would provoke her, and, sure enough, it did.
In her now familiar take-no-prisoners style, McGowran tweeted:
- Thus we see the limitations of Twitter, McGowran’s favorite milieu, as well as the President’s, of course. It’s advantage is that it is the only way to communicate with a large—far, far too large—proportion of the American public, which is unlikely if not unable to read anything serious that has more words than a combination of three or four bumperstickers. This leads to discussions of complex matters (not to say that the Left’s flagrant hypocrisy on sexual assault and harassment is complex) that aren’t discussions at all, advocates on both sides of any issue immediately deteriorating into name-calling, team slogans, talking points and, often, slurs and vulgarity. McGowan’s assertions are “right,” is a general, meat-axe way, but they aren’t arguments. They are the ” this just is” pronouncements of someone who won’t countenance an argument, and, in most cases, isn’t capable of making one. That’s Black Lives Matter. That’s “the resistance.” That’s Maxine Waters and MSNBC.
And that’s President Trump.
- Such outbursts polarize the field, leading to more heat but no light. Witness the social media response to Rose’s tweets: calls for her to “get help,” presumably because perceiving reality in the Age of “Facts Don’t Matter” is proof of insanity, Twitter users who announce they are blocking her (people don’t want to read opinions that vary from their tribe’s cant), other users who announce they will be following her (Welcome to our side!), and reflex recitations of Big Lies and talking points by people who are just repeating what partisan warriors say. Here’s one such tweet containing nothing but nonsense, conspiracy theories and misinformation:
Wow. 180,000 mostly preventable dead. Call to re-open schools. Attempting to disable the Post Office to suppress the vote. Cozying up to Putin who just tried to kill his most outspoken opposition.
Wow is right.
- McGowan’s attack does serve a purpose. It shows that you can’t fool all of the people all of the time, or even all of the people a party regards as its natural base. It shows that hypocrisy can’t be disguised even when the news media, being enemies of the people, deliberately try to mask it.
Read Merrill Matthews’s spot-on factcheck of Michelle Obama’s speech, which the mainstream media let stand as “fact.”
- It’s good to know Lincoln was right; the question is whether he was right enough.