Well, it is Tuesday which means its time for another edition of the Water Cooler dedicated to the ongoing culture wars where one knucklehead and six stories are presented for your entertainment.
Celebrity of the Week
In what can only be described as a “Let them eat garbage” moment, actor Danny Glover showed his utter ignorance. Glover was the guest of Venezuelan President Maduro who, along with his predecessor Hugo Chavez, have turned the country into a living sh*t hole. That did not stop Glover from heaping praise on the ruler. Babbling about “uplifting human beings” and creating a “collective humanity,” Glover stated it was a “privilege” to be in the country.
One wonders if Glover ventured among the poor as they rummaged through trash for food, medicine and toilet paper- three things (of many) in short supply in this South American socialist “paradise…”
Of all the absurd things to bitch about, the fine people at PETA- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals- recently posted on their blog this moronic titled statement: “You Can’t Be a Feminist and Buy a Dog.” “And why not?”, you may ask. Let them explain the inherent misogyny of a dog purchase:
Have you ever been called a “bitch”? “Bitch,” of course, meaning a female dog. Apparently, it’s supposed to be an insult. Perhaps that’s because, in breeders’ circles, female dogs’ main purposes are to win beauty pageants and then to be bred repeatedly until their bodies wear out. And if you buy a dog, you are funding sexual exploitation. In puppy mills and breeding operations, female dogs are trapped in a nightmare sickeningly similar to the illicit sex trade. Their bodies are controlled, manipulated, bought, and sold—all for the financial benefit of their peddlers.
Not for nothing, but did anyone else ever notice that these PETA nuts are also hardcore pro-choice people who would rather save a stray, rabid dog from euthanasia rather than a human baby in the womb?
Cold Beer Country
Heineken recently came under fire for a new campaign ad which contained the obviously racist line, “sometimes lighter is better.” After a social media backlash, the company pulled the ad and apologized for something they apparently did wrong although for the life of most rational people, no one knows what they did wrong. They did release this statement:
For decades, Heineken has developed diverse marketing that shows there’s more that unites us than divides us. While we feel the ad is referencing our Heineken Light beer, we missed the mark, are taking the feedback to heart and will use this to influence future campaigns.
My Old School
This is a good one out of Georgia where 26-year-old fifth grade teacher Michael De’Sean White at Toney Elementary School stands accused of killing an 11-year-old girl and her 15-year-old brother in 2016. How this one got by the school system remains a mystery. Even more mysterious is that Mr. White is also a member of the notorious street gang known as the Crips. The Crips, you may recall, are not a gang of crippled youths and instead run about towns killing people known as the Bloods, who have nothing to do with the Red Cross and blood donations.
Paint It Black
The faux artist (seriously, I’ve seen better art in kindergarten class) Jim Carrey has struck again. Apparently unable to find a movie to bore us to death, Carrey has taken to the palette and easel and drawn yet another satirical political painting. In the painting, the sons of Donald Trump are brutally skewered on the tusks of a rampaging elephant while they hold hunting rifles.
One is not quite sure what Carrey’s message is here. Is it about gun control, the GOP, Trump hatred, or the recent partial lifting of a ban on imported tusks? One wonders the outrage had the daughters of Barack Obama been depicted as impaled on elephant tusks and Tweeted to the world would have been.
Blinded Me With Science
Two scientists at the University of Colorado at Denver recently published an article in an academic journal describing how being white is anti-scientific. I shall let the good professors speak for themselves:
“Whiteness embraces White ideology, and because Whites are at the apex of the racial hierarchy, whiteness becomes normalized and is invisible to those who benefit the most from it… This is particularly troubling because the normality of whiteness means that Whites do not believe that they are actively investing in White supremacy or racism, which keeps oppression intact. While the [science] culture attempts to be unbiased through peer reviewing and consistent methods and methodologies this interpretation falsely makes us believe that science is an objective enterprise and transcends culture,”
Seriously, they wrote that and seriously, someone published it. If I am reading this correctly, they seem to be suggesting that scientific objectivity is problematic for science. Who knew the scientific method and all those research protocols were just a ruse to perpetuate white supremacy?
White Privilege, II
In some schools in British Columbia, posters have gone up depicting school officials confessing their white privilege. In one poster, administrator Theresa Downs says, “I have unfairly benefitted from the color of my skin. White privilege is not acceptable.” Actually, what is not acceptable is the racist assumption that all white people are racist or bigoted, or who have achieved something in life because of their skin color.
The posters are modeled after a Saskatoon billboards where a white man looks down on the street saying “I have to acknowledge my own privilege and racist attitudes.” You get that? He has to, our else he will be ground under the wheels of the social justice warriors.
Well, that’s it for this week’s edition. Remember: The Water Cooler is an open thread where readers are free to comment on these items, or any other. By the way, I would like to thank David Bowie, Toby Keith, Steely Dan, The Rolling Stones, Thomas Dolby and Macklemore for providing the song titles for each section.