Ethics Dunce: Bryant Johnson.

Incredible.

I’m not sure which is more nauseating: that the late Justice’s personal trainer would be so crass, or that the mainstream news media would unanimously describe Bryant Johnson’s self-promoting stunt as “honoring” Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He should have been ejected from the Rotunda. If someone had tried that at my fathers funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, I would have thrown him out myself.

I’m surprised Johnson didn’t hand out his business cards to onlookers.

Try doing push-ups at the Alamo, or at Westminster Abbey. If Ginsburg’s personal chef had used his 20 seconds of national exposure to make an omelette in front of the late Justice’s casket, would the news media be applauding that too?

Oh, probably, if the chef were black. To do otherwise would be condemned as racist, as we know. George Floyd, you know. Being immune from accountability is now one of the ways being black matters.

Johnson joins the increasingly competitive Ethics Alarms race to be 2020 Jerk of the Year.

18 thoughts on “Ethics Dunce: Bryant Johnson.

  1. I decided not to flog the point in the post, but I will here: if doing push-ups is “honoring” someone lying in state, what isn’t? How about sit-ups? Jumping jacks? Back-flips? Zumba? If he was the Justice’s mountain climbing coach, could he have crawled up the wall? Yodeled?

    Reporters are actually praising this asshole.

  2. Johnson joins the increasingly competitive Ethics Alarms race to be 2020 Jerk of the Year.

    I stand before you as one of the senior lords in the country, a veteran of the Puppy wars. I’d like to think my experience has led to some small skill in assholitry.

  3. Sorry, Jack, but I don’t share your apparent outrage over this action. I assume they were not allow to actually place anything by the gasket, so his tribute was simply to drop and give her three last good ones, like I suspect he had demanded of her, in some fashion, a thousand times over their 10-year relationship. It was not flamboyant or disruptive, as cooking breakfast or climbing the walls would have been. It came off as nothing more than a quiet and respectful farewell between friends who had shared a common goal for a decade.

    Now the media’s sycophantic reaction, that’s different story.

      • Here’s a question to challenge your take: Do you reallt think he would have done the same if he didn’t know cameras were on him and the sequence wouldn’t be, “Hey, why is that guy doing push-ups?” “Oh, that’s her personal trainer! Here’s his NAME America,”?????

        • Jack, to your question: we know what an era of “I’m-one-of-you” virtue-signaling exhibitionism we are suffering, but I still, cynical as I am, give the benefit of doubt to people who are connected in some personal and direct way with a person who has died when paying respects. Was it unethical for 3-year-old John-John to salute as the casket of his father JFK rolled by? For all we know, Johnson has done pushups or other physical gestures of respect next to the caskets or graves of others he has trained.

      • I guess I just hold out that there are still some good people out there, but if he posts the video on FB or Twitter along with his contact info for his services, I’ll just have to take up self-flagellation again, after I eat a large portion of crow.

    • The idea that Ruth Bader Ginsberg was fending off the Grim Reaper by doing massive workouts with a personal trainer was ridiculous, media-coordinated myth-making propaganda.

      Three summers ago, Mrs. OB and I were attending the Santa Fe Opera (you know, back before the Coronavirus freak out and things like operas were still allowed because Trump wasn’t running for re-election and the Dems hadn’t yet failed at every other attempt at unseating him prematurely). One night there was a big flurry of activity in the audience as an intermission came to a close. We had no idea what was going on until the buzz made it evident the august but diminutive Ruth Bader Ginsberg (a severe opera buff) and her retinue were being ushered back to her seat fairly close to the stage. The audience (you know, opera buffs– predominantly gay guy couples and otherwise earnest lefties) stood as one and gave her an uproarious ovation. They might as well have carried her in on a sedan chair borrowed from the property room. But she was on foot and hunched over so she was about three feet tall. She could hardly walk. Again this was three years ago. The idea that a poor, arthritis afflicted cripple was doing anything other than twelve ounce curls is preposterous. As usual, these people are beclowning themselves.

      • The audience (you know, opera buffs – predominantly gay guy couples and otherwise earnest lefties) stood as one and gave her an uproarious ovation. They might as well have carried her in on a sedan chair borrowed from the property room. But she was on foot and hunched over so she was about three feet tall. She could hardly walk. Again this was three years ago. The idea that a poor, arthritis afflicted cripple was doing anything other than twelve ounce curls is preposterous. As usual, these people are beclowning themselves.

        What is interesting to me (and of course I say this with respect to you and all others) is that over the last few days here on this blog there seems to have been no substantial critical review of this horrid, criminal woman’s ‘good works’. But let me tell you that is not so in the Catholic media I watch and read! Here is one example:

        She is not just *somewhat tied* but is *directly tied* to a number of different and significant *evils*. But these cannot be seen nor labeled as such. What is this postmodernistic goop that envelops everything? What solvent dissolves it?

        So, what interests me is how these general attitude atmospheres develop and how they are *set up* and then one can only participate in them along with the masses to whom these narratives are directed.

        But who organizes the perspective? Who *engineers* it to begin with? And through what mechanisms are they then ‘distributed’? That is where the focus must be placed.

        • Alizia, mainstream media bias is one of Jack’s most visited topics. As well as the rot in the American academy and the political left.

          • Alizia, mainstream media bias is one of Jack’s most visited topics. As well as the rot in the American academy and the political left.

            The American Right can play *goody-goody* now and with some justification. But the ‘rot’ that needs to be addressed has been constructed over time and by all parties.

            Every once in a while I have to restate my intentions and my presence here. I am aligned with the Dissident Right and my core perspective is Christian/Catholic. I am a critic of the American Conservative. I choose to enter into combat. I choose a polemical style and focus. I am not here to ‘make friends’. I am here to ‘work to define truths and as a result clarify ethical perspectives’.

            If ‘mainstream media bias’ is a valid topic — it certainly is — then the reasons why this bias exists have to be explored. This is demanding work and very certainly — unquestionably, absolutely — involves the inclusion of philosophical ideas and the background of those ideas. And because our topic is ourselves and also the Occident, our ethical perspectives cannot ever — not ever — exclude the Christian perspectives that have informed the Occident.

            ‘Rot’ in this sense then is one of my favorite topics. Liberal rot. Hyper-liberal rot. American decadence. America as it shifts from a beacon to the world to a demonic world-influence. Please let me know what you think of my orientation and my views.

            So it must be that I am in the right place! How providential. 😂

  4. Not much of a trainer. His form was terrible and Ginsberg’s form was bad too in that training montage they showed.

    Her “Super Diva” shirt was funny in an ironic way though.

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