When it comes to the rich and famous, conservatives tend to bend reality.
It is fascinating. Take Nevada rancher turned anti-gubmint hero Cliven Bundy.
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro…”
“They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy?”
You figure a well-known person saying something so crazy – Would it be good for black people to return to being property? Well? – it would disqualify him from ever being taken seriously again. But the audience we’re talking about here is conservatives. So, no, they’re willing to imagine and invent for the likes of Cliven. They’ll try to contrive utterly heroic interpretations for his seemingly low-dwelling words. Fox contributor and radio maven Dana Loesch:
He seems to be decrying what big government has done to the black family — which big government has negatively affected not just the black family, but all families regardless of ethnicity…
See? Bundy is only talking about what the government has done to black families. To all families! Dana flew past that “the Negro should go back to doing all our work” part pretty quickly, don’t you think? I would think that bit the most interesting morsel on the plate, but it’s apparently not.
What about Donald Sterling? Granted he’s a businessman billionaire with a girlfriend 50 years younger than he is, which is vigorous music to a right-winger’s ears. But he’s an all-out racist.
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you are associating with black people. Do you have to? Also, you can sleep with black people. You can bring them in. You can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that, and not to bring them to my games.”
Yikes. There’s no way to dodge that – associating with black people. And not to bring them to my games. As far as Donald’s concerned, black folks might as well have the plague. Hell, they probably do. Surely nobody would pretend this display is anything but an obscenity. Hot Air blogger Jazz Shaw:
I wouldn’t read too much into the comments of septuagenarians who grew up steeped in a different culture.
What’s to “read into”? He doesn’t want to be in the same sports arena as a black person. Can’t you condemn that sentiment? Is it too much to ask you don’t just ignore it? Conblogger Matt Walsh:
These are illegal recordings given to a gossip site by a gold-digging mistress with a grudge. It seems at least possible that they could be doctored or manipulated in some way.
You don’t think Donald Sterling would have made that case already. Really? And, really?
If anything should come of this ordeal, it ought to finally be the complete dismantling of the NAACP. The organization was scheduled to give Sterling a ‘lifetime achievement award’ in a few weeks. They’ve since rescinded, but their backtrack doesn’t get them off the hook. If Sterling really has a LIFETIME of ACHIEVING things in the name of civil rights and racial tolerance, wouldn’t they perhaps be a little hesitant to throw the guy under the bus?…Are you betraying this man who, as you formerly claimed, has dedicated an entire lifetime to achieving racial unity, or are you a bunch of Democrat shills doling out political favors?
There’s perhaps another possibility. Maybe Sterling did some good deeds in order to mask his racism amid the diversity of Los Angeles, his home base of operation. It could have been Donald using the NAACP over the years, instead of the organization using Sterling now. Right? Plus there’s the issue of his towering racism, which we’ve just uncovered and which ought to be addressed at some point. But why put any of this in context when you can just dump all the issues, frankly, where they really belong…
Even a culture like ours — a culture dedicated to hedonism and relativism — has to put on a show every once in a while and pretend it has some semblance of a moral standard.
..in our depressing, immoral society. There’s a lingering point here about actual moral standards being broken, if not shattered, by the bludgeon of a billionaire’s angry tongue. But let’s not bother with that either while I get ’round to the real reason I bothered to write this post. Which is to say it’s funny the way conservatives see famous people…
O’Reilly, who has been particularly concerned about Beyoncé’s “raunchy” new album since the music video for her song “Partition” was released, disapproves of TIME’s decision to put the singer on the cover of its annual “100 Most Influential People” issue. On his show on Friday, O’Reilly suggested that Beyoncé isn’t helping to address the “cultural deficits” in African American and poor white communities and is actually “part of the problem.”
Beyoncé is a jerk. Did you know?
“She knows — this woman knows — that young girls are getting pregnant in the African American community,” the talk show host said. “Now it’s about 70 percent out of wedlock. She knows and doesn’t seem to care.”
Mind you – unlike these old white guys – Beyoncé is not speaking authoritatively about who and what Americans are really like. She’s not speaking at all, she’s only singing and dancing. Still she is famous. She is rich. And she is powerful.
And that’s more than enough for conservatives. Anybody in that position deserves to have her every lope and lyric pored over, then flagged for the telltale signs of danger and sin. A person this well-known – whom so many others watch and admire – you can’t just let them say and do whatever they like. Can you?
I first saw it at the Super Bowl performance when Beyonce gyrated and snarled at an adoring audience through a wall of fire. That performance went beyond symbolism and into revelation. It was the coming out of a very old and very powerful spirit revealing itself to the world…
Of course not.
…She is Astarte, Asherat, Ishtar, or Aphrodite, whichever name you prefer, and the spirit that has come to rest in her is one that has been here for a very long time meting out all kinds of destruction on human kind. Sexual immorality, disease, death, murder, war — these are her calling cards…