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Saturday, March 20, 2021

What are they winning?

In the last few days, the Social Justice Warriors have cancelled 6 Dr. Seuss books and a Looney Tunes skunk, and placed a few old Disney animated films in the PG-13 section. Oh, and the new editor of Teen Vogue resigned over something she tweeted.

Not to diminish the threat these self-righteous mobs of educated-but-stupid people pose, I must point out that so far, the elephant guns are aimed at ants. 

There are more than 60 Seuss books. He died nearly 30 years ago. Likely the publisher has other newer and more relevant books to peddle.

As for Pepé Le Pew, he was never really all that important as a character either. Canceling Elmer Fudd or Daffy Duck would be a big deal that would cost Warner Brothers millions of dollars. But this skunk? He isn't worth a scent.

And the crows in Dumbo were outdated 60 years ago when I first saw the movie at age 7. Song of the South was too. 

As for Teen Vogue, never read it, never will. I do laugh at the left devouring one of its own.

I oppose the mean-spirited bullying by these scolds, but if my culture is based on a few cartoons and a teen magazine, my culture is zip-a-dee-doo-dah. I look at the crumbs they won in these victories and think of that Patsy Cline song, She's Got You.

I've got your class ring
That proved you cared
And it still looks the same
As when you gave it, dear
The only thing different
The only thing new
I've got these little things
She's got you.

Maybe -- just maybe -- the targets selected were already canceled in the marketplace. Certainly by virtue of it being a magazine, Teen Vogue is a cultural relic.

If you are battling Seuss 30 years after his death, the problem is with you, not him. If you have to dredge cartoons from the 1940s and 1950s to prove white supremacy, then maybe white supremacy is dead too.

There is also the damnable strive to impose lefty values on cultural icons. Demoting Mr. Potato Head to Potato Head is silly. Having done away with the sex of a potato, Hasbro turned its attention to Monopoly's Community Chest cards. I think one of the cards now reads, "Gender surgery. Pay $200."

But when was the last time you played Monopoly?

And when was the last time you stuck plastic eyes in a potato?

If they are going to go after cultural artifacts from the 1950s, why not go after Hula hoops (cultural appropriation) and Frisbees (they could pollute the sea with plastic)?

Sarah Hoyt linked a Facebook post by author Robert Bidinotto, who is upbeat about the attempt to cancel our culture.

He wrote, "I have heard a great deal of despair lately about the state of our culture. Reading self-defined cultural conservatives (such as Rod Dreher) wailing that all is lost, it is easy to give in to pessimism.

"Such pessimism seems warranted if you define the cultural battlefield in terms of *existing institutions.* After all, evidence of decadence and decline is pervasive within our political, economic, educational, entertainment, and social institutions. Most have become captives or accomplices of the left-nihilists.

"But is that really the battlefield?

"History reveals to me different lessons. Such as: how a Renaissance and Enlightenment can emerge from the tribalism and mysticism of the Dark Ages, in which all institutions were hopelessly corrupt and coercive. Or how America itself could emerge from the historic swamp of universal despotism."

To be certain, I do not like losing. And some of the losses are bigger than a kiddy cartoon. Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit have canceled conservatives.

But how big a deal are Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit? 

I can get by without them. We will, as Bidinotto pointed out, find a new battlefield by not playing by their rules. If Hasbro wants to neuter Mr. Potato Head, that is their loss, not mine.

The more they censor, the more petty and desperate they look. They attempted to take out J.K. Rowling. And failed.

They attempted to take out Tucker Carlson. And failed.

But they do have the pelt of a cartoon skunk to display at the next Me Too parade. The New York Times has not been this victorious since Nixon resigned.

38 comments:

  1. Leftists hate it when organic culture defines a norm (marriage is between a man and a woman); they love it when a small cabal of leftists defines a norm (men should be able to marry sheep).

    Organic culture is individuals with liberty. A small cabal of leftists is a totalitarian pile of s---.

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  2. Concerning Pepe Le Pew, Charles Boyer is hardest hit.

    Now for a laugh related to this post.
    Johnny Carson as Carnak: (Holds envelope to his head) Zip-a-dee-doo-dah. (Opens envelope and pulls out card): What does Marcelo Mastroianni tell you when he sees that your doo-dah is open?

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  3. The canceling supremoes should ask themselves: has there ever been a Committee of Public Safety that did not eventually come after its Robespierre and its St Just ?

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  4. I wasn't surprised by Pepe Le Pew being removed. The weirder feminist pop-articles have periodically raged at PLW amongst other things.
    So, this strikes me as a sacrifice to propriatiate the gods of SJW.

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  5. There's something to the point that "...the targets selected were already canceled in the marketplace."

    Look at the scalps of #MeToo -- Harvey Weinstein, Cuomo, Clinton, even Epstein. The thread that all are/were past their prime & expiration date.

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  6. So far as I can tell, the center of "White Supremacy" is the Democrat Party. Speaking of which, I don't KNOW if the media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dem Party, or if it's the other way round, but it's OBVIOUS that they are in CAHOOTS.

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  7. Maybe these were all totems of the 50s and 60s, but "who cares" is a flippant and dangerous response to the effort to rewrite history completely. Cf. Harriet Tubman on $20 bill to replace Andrew Jackson, toppling of statues everywhere, the assertion that the slaves freed themselves and Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation had nothing to do with it.

    And yes, we did without Google, Twitter, Facebook, et al for many years, but why is the effort to suppress their rivals so intense?

    We need to take the Left much more seriously than we do.

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    1. If Tubman deserves to be so honored, I would put her on a new $200 bill and keep Jackson on the $20.

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    2. I believe Jackson will still be on the back at least.

      :/

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  8. Some thoughts regarding elite Leftists.

    1. “educated-but-stupid people”

    The late R.C. Sproul once observed that our problem is that we have too many people educated beyond their intelligence.

    2. re: Leftists, Jesus also spoke of them in John 8:44:

    “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

    Jesus also spoke of them in John 8:44 when he said:
    “ The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy”.

    You only need look at the actions and goals of The Left to realize that they have sold themselves to Satan and are doing the will of their Father.

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    1. No, God is their Father. They're just listening to that bad kid down the block and, as so often happens, they will pay for it in the end.

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    2. Where does the Bible say God is the father of everyone? It dosen't actually. You didn't read John 8 did you?

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    3. You didn't read John 8 did you?

      Apparently, neither did you.

      God is the Father of all things, Jeffery. Who created the Universe? Who created the Earth? Who created all life? Who created Adam?

      Your knowledge of Scripture is on par with your knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, and history.

      And the word is doesn't.

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    4. Congrats, BJ54, you are Jeffrey #17. Yes, everyone, Special Ed has now accused 17 people on this site of being this Jeffrey person he loves so much.

      Poor Edweenie. Dementia combined with alcoholism can be a bear.

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    5. Jake, you seem to fancy yourself a biblical scholar too - in addition to all your other AMAZING talents and AMAZING lineage. I don’t have the time or desire to engage you in a debate of that sort, but what I think Ed is referring to is Genesis 1:27. There are no qualifiers or parentheticals or fine print there. IT IS WHAT IT IS. Deal with it.

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    6. Once again, your knowledge of Scripture could fit in a thimble, you cuck.

      I do have amazing talents, an amazing lineage, and a vast/amazing knowledge base. Too bad your inbred arse is the exact opposite of these things.

      You deal with it, chump.

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    7. (Genesis is a parable/prophecy. It's not literal. You are blind to the words on the page because you are carnal. Scripture can only be understood by those with Spiritual Eyes to See, you schmuck. Genesis 1:27 is deeper than any ocean. It's no wonder you're clueless as to what it's saying.)

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  9. Don't forget who Alinsky dedicated his book to.

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    1. Then he isn't a good Commie, is he?

      I suspect a lot more are the same.

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  10. This is happening to burnish somebody's street cred as a Lefty and it goes back to the days 50 years ago when they went after Anita Bryant and Georgie Jessel.

    Usually, it's to scare people on the premise they can do it and get away with it.

    Of course, they also tried it with Martha Raye, colonel US Army Nurse Corps and honorary Ranger and SF, but she was rescued by Rock Hudson when he needed a replacement for Nancy Walker on his TV show.

    As always, all you need is a couple of good guys and the mob slinks away; see Finn, Huckleberry.

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    1. I knew Martha Raye in Vietnam. She was a giant, while Jane Fonda et al were pygmies.

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    2. Great story. Became a nurse to help the soldiers. Just a fantastic woman

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  11. Just read Magic School Bus
    is on the SJW list.
    MS Frizzle needs to be gay and Jewish . The goal here is to blow up the children's Garden of Eden. That was a quote from a very wise woman
    My dear wife..

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  12. They're just following the script. Year Zero.

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  13. $JW = Too Lazy & “Edumuckadid” $TUPID to produce anything, therefore they form a mindless mob that destroys everything. An unnatural consequence of too much free $hit given to already-spoiled brats to whom no one ever said “N0!” or gave a much-needed a$$-whuppin’ instead.

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  14. Don, you are mistaken, or you have forgotten Reinhold Niebuhr.

    To paraphrase:

    First they came for Dr Seuss, but I did nothing because he is dead already.

    Then they came for Pepe Le Pew, but I did nothing because he is a marginal character.

    Then they came for the new editor of Teen Vogue, but I did nothing because I don’t read Teen Vogue.

    When they finally came for something I cared about, or for me, there was nobody left to speak for me.

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    1. That is and was always nonsense. Things don't play out quite like that. It's another glib quotable quote to make people think they're clever and wise to make the connection.

      What actually happens is that all of a tyrannies targets get aimed at at the same time. There's not much anyone can do or say that will stop them by the time you first notice what they're doing.

      We're on a roller coaster and like the ride, we're stuck on until the end when we can get off and assess the damage.

      You can try to jump out along the way but you'll only do more damage to yourself and family.

      Plan to make it through as best you can because the good people will be needed to clean up the mess when the idiots and crazies are done.

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  16. for goodness sake give Elmer FUD back his shotgun. That wabbit is no fun at all without it run from.

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  17. for goodness sake give Elmer FUD back his shotgun. That wabbit is no fun at all without it run from.

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    1. You mean Fudd. FUD is one of only two acronyms Edweenie and the voices in his head can come up with between them. :)

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    So corporate is doing this for some other reason and we'd better pay attention and find out what they gain by playing into this nonsense.

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