With most modern presidents, it’s easy to discern what their legacy is. John F. Kennedy knew full well the true intent of the communists in Moscow, as well as those of their tropical stooge, Fidel Castro. He was able to avert what would have been a nuclear catastrophe. The name Ronald Reagan will always be synonymous with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
The two were what is usually called—either in the form of epithet or compliment— “Cold Warriors.” Meaning, they were happy participants in the struggle with the Soviets and thought it was a moral imperative. All very true, and the world profited from their prudence. But what is to be said of Donald Trump? What will the lapidary carve into the stone? The Donald is certainly something of a phenomenon. (He would agree.) I predict talks of his legacy will be replete with comments on how feverish—or irritating—he was as a “Culture Warrior.” The man is the quintessential one, and perhaps the first president to so proudly attest to his immense dedication to being one. After all, he can be credited with unveiling much of the socio-cultural maladies that were erstwhile hidden from mainstream view due to the crafty work of the politically correct.
The culture wars have been waged since at least the Sixties, with students infiltrating university offices and voicing admiration for Ho Chi Minh. Events of the present can easily be analogized to the radicalism of yesteryear, and the debate regarding who threw the opening salvo in the ongoing culture war continues. For some, history did not commence until January 2017—or for the more narcissistic types, their day of birth—and Donald Trump was an unexpected cannon shot right through the heart of America. “What could have possibly brought this upon us?” many still ponder aimlessly. For others, the Donald is a response to the cultural norms that have long been entrenched—the daily degradation of the white man, the application of crank “woke” theories to just about everything, protecting one special religion from criticism, and so on, and so forth.
I hate to break bad news to the group who’d like to live in blissful ignorance and absolve themselves of fault, but the second is correct. The failure to reconcile with this reality just continues to become more self-debasing each day. Enabled by his Twitter hands, the Donald capitalizes on this.
Much has already been written of Trump’s skirmish with the “woke” squad of the Democratic Party—Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayaana Pressley. Indeed, telling a group of minorities (one immigrant, and the rest born in America) to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came” reeks of the demagogy that targets indignant white voters. Trump has, unfortunately, trafficked such rhetoric before, and it does lend validity to his opponent’s claims that he’s been a divisive force. Unanimously it should and has been said—by liberals and conservatives alike—that Trump’s remarks are “flatly inappropriate” and contemptible. He has carried on, though, justifying his denouncements of the “four horsewomen of the apocalypse” by saying they’re left-wing cranks who hate America and all it stands for. Battling through a press conference deluged with reproaches, he announced that what he meant to say wasn’t racist; it was that if they “hate it here, they can leave.”
I can sympathize with some of the sentiments (the blatant anti-American extremism of those in question is maddening, and to say this has positively nothing to do with their ethnicity), but the barrage was abhorrent, Mr. President. And unnecessary since this was an intervention in a battle between Nancy Pelosi and her intractable woke freshmen. But one can always rely on the old chap for a nice solecism from out of nowhere to get the heat boiling.
A fluent student of the news cycle, some have described the ongoing scuffle as the workings of Trump’s “trollish” stratagem. ”Once you stop jumping up and down and shouting racism it becomes obvious,” writes Freddy Gray of the Spectator. “Trump isn’t playing 3D chess,” he continues, “he just wants to keep ‘the Squad’” at the centre of the news agenda. He does indeed. A mercurial figure, Trump has shown an astonishing ability to withstand every cannonade of scrutiny that comes his way. And he evidently knows how to use it to his advantage as he thrives on being bête noire. This aspect of his personality, however, is his gift and his curse. Especially when one considers that this is his first big commotion in some time. You were doing so well, Donald, with higher approval ratings to show for it.
Trump’s brio when it comes to the cultural frontlines is an alienating feature. According to Pew Research, many believe that he has “changed the nature of political debate” in America for the worse; and many also believe that his comments are embarrassing and exhausting. Others say they can sometimes “feel entertained.” Having a vaudevillian character as president makes watching cable news worth it, I suppose. Then again, the recent vile chants about Omar at a rally give people reason to believe Trump is a racist, which I personally don’t believe. But the appeals to identity politics aren’t favourable to his contention that he doesn’t possess a “racist bone in his body.” Onlookers could glean from this that he at least tolerates the racial toxicity. Forswearing any remaining remnants of 2016 Bannonism would be an intelligent move. Especially when it’s an elementary task to defeat vacuous zealots like Omar in debate; don’t try and up the ante to match identity-based demagogy with more identity-based demagogy.
Eric Trump may dismiss polls as “Fake News,” and perhaps some are, but there’s no question that his father’s appetency for attention distracts from his accomplishments. The economy is in relatively good shape, with unemployment levels continuing to decline and economic growth continuing at a healthy pace. He has begun a restoration of constitutional integrity with his Supreme Court appointments. His foreign policy, although flawed, is fitting for the shifts in world order. He has done much to mend the relationship with Israel. We can debate this or that aspect, but he has tackled the problem of illegal immigration, something for which most law-abiding citizens have yearned. The social and cultural arena is where his record has the highest concentration of blunders.
This is why he should heed Lindsay Graham’s advice going forward and put emphasis on policy battles—the ones that are worth fighting. And be judicious when it comes to the cultural squabbles; that is, if he’s able to shake his urges.
I realize this is a tall order for the rambunctious Donald, but here is a proposition. As he, his fans, and his enemies treat the cultural schisms as perpetual war, perhaps he should appropriate the foreign policy doctrines of Presidents to cope with it.
He could adopt the maxims that guided the Nixon doctrine. Richard Nixon emphasized restraint through self-restraint, meaning he should allow adversaries to determine the terms of engagement; thereby avoiding “catastrophic confrontations” by showing restraint, but acting when it is otherwise necessary.
Trump could afford to be completely impervious to the monotony, and only participate when he or someone else are on the receiving end of something like the “Kavanaugh” treatment. Of course, a self-imposed moratorium on Twitter usage would be conducive to the success of this effort.
This would be nothing but advantageous for the man. It would provide less ground on which the Democrats could stand; Trump causes them to recoil in agony just by lifting a finger, anyway.
With the woke squadron unabashedly addicted to the spotlight, the Democrats only become more prone to self-abnegation. Trump should just quietly enjoy the scene, and continue a meritorious run on the policy-front. It is a salient fact that the modern Democrats allow their ideology to supersede the need for any introspection. So the awkward spectacles such as squad members failing to condemn left-wing terrorism, the anti-Semitic diatribes, and banishments of the insufficiently woke will continue regardless of what Trump does.
He has been an instigator, but Trump is a product of a cultural illness that has only enjoyed a rapid metastasis since his presidency began. As Charles Cooke of National Review writes, “The greatest service Donald Trump has rendered these United States is to have exposed the many ailments of which he is a symptom but not a cause.” Precisely. And now Pelosi and the old guard have lost the keys to the giggle house, and there is scant reason to think they will locate them anytime soon. Its occupants are already out running amok and running the show. The Donald can just sit back and watch, now.
There’s a new Netflix Christmas film that portrays Jesus as gay and it’s causing outrage. The comedy group Porta dos Fundos is behind a new comedy entitled “The First Temptation of Jesus Christ.” Over 1 million people have signed a petition to have the film removed from Netflix.
The five-person comedy group is from Rio de Janeiro, and make comedy sketches and parody videos on their YouTube channel. The name of their group is Porta dos Fundos which translates to “back door.”
They have signed deals with Fox Network Brazil and Netflix and critics often relate their style to the likes of Monty Python films although they certainly aren’t without critics.
“It is a serious offence against Jesus Christ and the Christians! It has no historical evidence to support the insinuations presented.” was one person’s reasoning behind signing the petition. The film is not intended to be a documentary. Others have called the film’s creators “demons” and “heretics.”
Another wrote: “A movie that came to destroy the image of Christ who gave His life to save us. Netflix has featured series that the family can’t join to watch. God created man and woman and no one can change that.”
Despite the feverous reaction, it isn’t the first time that Porta dos Fundos have had a go at Christianity. Netflix released the film “Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos” (The Last Hangover) and was a parody of Hollywood hit “The Hangover.” It tells the story of Christ’s disciples after they wake up the morning after the Last Supper. The disciples are hungover and their messiah is missing. That film won an emmy for best comedy.
Historian Murilo Cleto tweeted: “Last year’s Christmas special, Jesus was portrayed as a sadistic, homicidal, hedonistic drunkard who hated to pray and no one bothered.
“Now that he’s harmless and gay, the world has fallen. It’s atrophying the brain.”
President Jair Bolsonaro took to Twitter to express his thoughts calling the film irresponsible: “Christians and non-Christians have asked me to take action against the irresponsible members of Porta do Fundo,” he wrote. “It’s time we took a collective action—churches and all good people—to put an end to this.”
Even some members of the LGBT community have expressed dislike for the film on social media for the movie’s stereotypical portrayal of gay men.
American President Donald Trump mocked 16-year-old Greta Thunberg on Twitter Thursday after she was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
“So ridiculous,” Trump tweeted. “Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”
In response, Thunberg updated her Twitter bio, noting that she was working on her anger management problems and watching a movie with a friend.
Trump’s son also commented on the selection of Thunberg, arguing that individuals like the Hong Kong protestors deserved the honour far more.
“Time leaves out the Hong Kong Protesters fighting for their lives and freedoms to push a teen being used as a marketing gimmick,” he wrote. “How dare you?”
After a viral video of world leaders making fun of President Donald Trump surfaced, Trump got in a few digs of his own according to The Daily Beast. With several ambassadors over to the White House, he shot back against Justin Trudeau as well as France’s President Macron.
Trudeau had mocked Trump during a “hot mic” moment, and the video circulated widely on social media. In it, the leaders of allied nations gossiped about Trump liking to do lengthy press conferences. “He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference at the top,” Trudeau said, referring to Trump apparently keeping him waiting. “You just watch his team’s jaws drop to the floor.” Trump responded to the video the next day by calling Trudeau “two-faced”.
Trump said that Trudeau had “no smarts,” “zero toughness”, and that he was “all fluff”, according to a source present who spoke to The Daily Beast. Trump clearly doesn’t like Trudeau, who he sees as phony, and referred to him as “such a child” and a “total baby”.
Many allied leaders purportedly don’t like Trump. When he spoke about Trudeau and Macron, ambassadors to those nations were reportedly “visibly uncomfortable”. Trump was undeterred in his commentary, but senior White House officials reiterated the friendship between allied nations.
“A major publication is happy to publish any old nonsense so long as it’s sufficiently woke. Social justice ideology has infected our mainstream media,” Andrew Doyle explains in a new video lecture recorded at the National Liberal Club in London on 13th October 2019.
The 25-minute video is a brilliant explainer on how satire and hoaxing work in 2019. With major platforms and publications getting woker by the minute, it’s imperative that people who haven’t succumbed to the woke moral panic to call out the many hypocrisies and incoherencies of social justice. For the few who don’t know, Andrew Doyle is the genius behind the internet’s greatest troll, Titania McGrath.
In 2019, feelings outweigh facts at every turn. And when op-eds read like fabricated drivel, it’s no wonder that the public has a hard time discerning truth from fiction. It takes comedians and satirists to point out just how insane this whole thing is. Doyle points out that “the woke are the establishment” and he couldn’t be more right. Those who are in the powerful cultural positions, in academia, media, arts, entertainment, and most importantly, advertising, are the ones with the batons and horses to push these ideas onto the public.
This is the kind of influence that matters, not politicians and legislators, but those who control the media. And they are being fooled by their own unwillingness to address their woke bias. It is this bias that veers us into the realm of complete absurdity, where people hate themselves for their skin colour, language is colonialism, words are violence, and disagreement is fascism.
“The mainstreaming of social justice is also evident in the fact that even respected, national newspapers don’t seem to understand the basic definitions of phrases like fascist, alt-right, and even far-right,” Doyle remarks. “They no longer know what these words mean, and they are just bandying them about promiscuously, which is really damaging. Now if you claim the right to define the word Nazi as just anyone who disagrees with you politically, then, of course, you can also claim that there is an epidemic of Nazism. But in doing so you are also inadvertently, acting in the interests of the worst kinds of people.”
Doyle notes that the reframing of the conversation to mark those who disagree with the mainstream social justice movement as alt-right Nazi fascists, cedes the argument in favour of free speech to those very people you are trying to silence.
The last five minutes of the speech is where Doyle truly shines. He points to three specific pieces published by major platforms. “In August of last year, The New York Times ran an anonymous letter. It was called ‘How Can I Cure My White Guilt?’ It was just signed ‘Whitey,’ and it was a person who described themselves as being riddled with shame for being white. Now the whole thing was obviously ridiculous, and obviously a hoax. So, Titania claimed that she had written it. And she provided screenshots, of the letter, on her hard drive, with the date, just to prove that she was the author.”
Doyle claims that the authorship doesn’t really matter. Maybe he wrote it, invoking the spirit of Titania, maybe he didn’t. The point is that “a major publication is happy to publish any old nonsense so long as it is sufficiently woke. The social justice ideology has infected our mainstream media. And irreparably degraded its standards.”
Finally, Doyle mentions the crown jewel of hoax columns—a breathless op-ed published by The Independent. “In February of this year, Liam Evans wrote a piece for The Independent, and he cited a number of extremely talented comedians, people like Dave Chappelle, Ricky Gervais, Finn Taylor, and he said that their jokes about sensitive topics amounted to hate speech. He said that these kind of jokes ‘should be subject to investigation. It simply isn’t good enough for comedians to cry free speech after every hateful joke, as if the laws that govern the rest of us don’t apply to them.’”
Who is Liam Evans? Well, he’s clearly an authoritarian, censorious monster. But he’s also clearly not real. Doyle asks why The Independent would run such clearly fabricated nonsense and points to the fact that a number of prominent comedians complained to the publication. Doyle asks, “What is happening to our media? Why is a respected national newspaper publishing drivel by a writer that no one has ever heard of just because it’s pushing a woke agenda? What does that tell us? And the other question they should have been asking is why is the left publishing these kinds of censorial articles that used to grace the pages of the right-wing tabloids? And if it takes a hoaxer to provoke a little self-reflection, then surely that’s a good thing.”
“Again, I do not want to speculate as to the authorship of that article,” Doyle says. “But I will point out one thing which I do find just a little bit curious… You might be interested to note that if you take every fourth letter of every sentence, it actually spells out the phrase, ‘Titania McGrath wrote this, you gullible hacks.’”
When asked if he was indeed behind the hoax article, Andrew Doyle remained playfully cagey, telling The Post Millennial: “So many of the opinion columns in the woke press read like satire already, so in a sense I shouldn’t be surprised that such an obvious hoax would be published.”
The truth is if it weren’t for geniuses like Doyle, Gervais, Chappelle, CK, and the handful of other comedians brave enough to stand up to the woke mob, the culture wars might be a lost cause. As Doyle has pointed out numerous times, hoaxing and satirizing the woke establishment is actually punching up. Every major platform and publication is woke in 2019. Those who issue social justice diktats have all of the power and influence. Doyle’s work is vital.
News hoaxes are as old as news itself, but what news outlets can get pranked about is very revealing. In this case, media wanted to believe that a young woman hated her whiteness, that Sam Harris is a gateway drug to the alt-right, free speech doesn’t matter, and off-colour jokes must be investigated by the authorities. The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Independent wanted to believe these things. In fact, they were desperate to believe these things. That’s why they published these hoax stories. And that’s why we need to keep making fun of them.