In “Utopia,” the strange and violent Amazon series about a mysterious graphic novel that turns out to be both true and a coded guide to an upcoming pandemic, the diversity propaganda is so heavy-handed that it could knock out Godzilla with a left cross. Let’s see: all the good couples are mixed race. A middle -class black woman takes in troubled white children. A white husband and wife have a family including multiple black and Asian children, which you would think violates the good couples are mixed-race rule, but it’s a trick: that white couple is villainous, and their white children are too, tough the minority kids seem to be OK. A group of assassins appears to include only whites, and the main heroine is black, though her character in the graphic novel that everyone is chasing after is white. Her female mentor is white, but she is so covered in grime that she looks black. (Why isn’t that blackface?)
At what point does this become so forced and absurd that audiences object to it? None of the race obsession adds a thing to the story except weirdness, and trust me, “Utopia” needs no more of THAT.
1. Welcome to my world! Here is a submitted comment to this post: the proud idiot “RidenwithBiden” (Oooh, clever!) writes, “My God, an entire website dedicated the the sanctimonious and bottomless brainwashed hypocrisy of traitorous right wing nut jobs.”
2. Here are some Biden voters I have no sympathy with whatsoever…President Biden signed an executive order that will require institutions receiving Title IX funding to allow biological males who identify as female to compete in women’s athletic events. This should effectively kill women’s sports while making a joke out of “competition.” Women voted overwhelmingly for Joe Biden, a serial sexual harasser who was accused of rape on the record by a staffer, and he was clearly going to do this. Now feminists and women’s sports advocates are whining?
What betrayal? Sorry that you weren’t paying attention, but it was always obvious that the most extreme end of the LGBTQ lobby was pulling Joe’s strings. The one who betrayed female athletes were feminist voters. Own it, ladies.
3. Now guess who THIS guy voted for…University of Rhode Island professor and Director of Graduate Studies Erik Loomis stated that “Science, statistics, and technology are all inherently racist because they are developed by racists who live in a racist society, whether they identify as racists or not.” See? And you thought I was exaggerating about “Facts Don’t Matter.”
Insert here my repetitive question about why anyone in their right mind would pay tuition to a school that allows someone capable of uttering such garbage to have any access to students at all. Apparently the University of Rhode Island is also thinking along these lines. Assistant Director of Communications Dave Lavallee released this statement:
“Mr. Loomis’ recent social media posts on science, statistics and technology are entirely his own opinions, and in no way represent the positions or values of the University of Rhode Island..His recent tweet runs completely counter to URI’s first Cornerstone Value, which says, ‘We pursue knowledge with honesty, integrity and courage.
In making such remarks, Mr.Loomis calls into question the work of thousands of researchers and scientists across the country and particularly the outstanding work done by our talented and diverse researchers at URI. While Mr. Loomis has a First Amendment right to make such comments as a private citizen, he does not have the right to make such unsubstantiated claims in the context of his university position or role.”
As soon as I saw this story, I knew Prof. Turley would be on it like Joe Biden’s hands on nominee’s daughter, and sure enough, there it was. The professor, however, as he sometimes does, unfortunately, retreats into equivocal academic weeniedom”
From my perspective, the most important aspect of that statement is the acknowledgment that Loomis has First Amendment protections in uttering such viewpoints. The question for the university is whether those viewpoints undermine his role in leading all graduate studies, particularly in dismissing the very basis for much of that work as racist. Loomis claims that “all” science, statistics, and technology is racist. Period. It is a patently absurd statement that is devoid of any intellectual foundation or inquiry. It will certainly appeal to many who relish extremist and rejectionist views, including some in academia. However, it is the very antithesis of our intellectual mission as scholars and it does a great disservice to the many respected academics at the University of Rhode Island.
Exactly, which means that the fact that this rogue professor has a right to say stupid things does not mean he should be allowed to say them while employed by an institution whose mission is to teach the very same “science, statistics, and technology” Loomis says are racist. Turley answers his own question, because there is no question. Of course such statement undermine Loomis’s position as well as the university. Such comments are signature significance: if you say such a thing even once, you cannot teach at a university, much less head a graduate studies program.
4. Nice catch, Ann Althouse! The inscrutable blogger posted this screenshot from ABC…
…and after explaining why she thought Joe Biden was orange (and noting that Al Gore and John Kerry had gone orange too, added,
“They all do orange. Orange is the happy vibrant color of love and warmth. It always was and it always will be, except for that little time when it wasn’t — the time when it was Orange Man Bad in the Oval Office.”
This is why I detest ad hominem attacks on political figures from both the Right and the Left. It’s cheap, its ugly, and it always relies on double standards. Anyone who mocked “Drumpf” was off my list immediately: mocking the original name of a family is a staple of xenophobia, which these same people claim to deplore. Tim Mathieson (loved him as Otter!) proved himself to be an Alyssa Milano-level celebrity hypocrite and dummy when he tweeted his relief at finally having a First Lady who could speak English.