Ben Shapiro wins 5-on-1 debate, told by transgender reporter he’d leave show ‘in an ambulance’

Ben Shapiro Zoey TurAn interesting thing happened Thursday night on HLN’s broadcast of Dr. Drew On Call — a transgender reporter decided that the best response to Ben Shapiro’s questions about the mental stability of transgender individuals was to grab him by the neck and threaten to send him home “in an ambulance.” Mr. Shapiro — who has a law degree — didn’t flinch, and then proceeded to win what was essentially a 5-on-1 debate. If one considers Dr. Drew biased against Mr. Shapiro, then an argument can be made that the Breitbart News editor fended off six detractors in one sitting.

Here is what Mr. Shapiro said about Caityn Jenner:

“It turns out that every chromosome, every cell in Caitlyn Jenner’s body, is male, with the exception of some of his sperm cells. … It turns out that he still has all of his male appendages. How he feels on the inside is irrelevant to the question of his biological self.”

Inside Edition reporter Zoey Tur was none too pleased with Mr. Shapiro’s statement. After condescendingly putting her hand on the lawyer’s shoulder and saying “You don’t know what you’re talking about,” the conservative pundit shot back “What are your genetics, sir?” It was then that the threat of physical violence occurred. Ms. Tur said with her hand cradled around Mr. Shapiro’s neck:

“You cut that out now, or you’ll go home in an ambulance.”

Ben Shapiro’s response was classic: “That seems mildly inappropriate for a political discussion.”

Ben Shapiro wins 5 on 1The panel then found a way to brush off Ms. Tur’s boorish behavior by saying that Ben Shapiro was being “rude,” “egregiously insulting,” and “not being polite to the pronouns.” (Oddly enough, no-one called Ms. Tur out later on in the segment for being “egregiously insulting” when she went on to call Mr. Shapiro “little boy.”)

Here is the problem for intelligent conservatives: In a world where feelings rule, the man of logic becomes “rude” and his utilization of reason becomes “egregiously insulting.”

Consider this response by Mr. Shapiro when Dr. Drew asked what the “goal of treatment” would be if one believes that transgender individuals suffer from an incurable mental illness:

“The goal would be to allow people to live with it in an appropriate way — to flourish without imposing on the rest of society a necessity for fictionalized thinking. Okay, because that actually is a cost to society. I’m sorry. My grandfather was bipolar, okay? And he thought the radio was talking to him. They put him in a mental hospital. They did not tell him the radio was talking to him to allow him to live a better life — they put him in a hospital and then they gave him lithium, which allowed him to live a better life. Looking for better solutions than transgender surgery [since suicide rates essentially remain static with gender reassignment] would be a better solution than pretending that transgender surgery is the cure for people.”

This sort of reasoning — present throughout the entire discussion — was what the other panelists deemed “insulting.”

Ben Shapiro’s problem is that he is smart, he knows that he is smart, he refuses to allow feelings to trump facts, and he isn’t deterred when his critics raise their voices or threaten to send him home “in an ambulance.” This can come off as smug or uncaring, but that is only further evidence of just how far we have drifted as a culture away from a reverence for logic and reason.

When society has reached a point where “not being polite to the pronouns” brings a television panel to the brink of an all-out brawl, then something has gone seriously wrong. The fact that Ben Shapiro had to be countered with five dissenting voices indicates that it isn’t he or his “insulting” pronoun etiquette that is the problem, but those who are slaves to their emotions.

A man can “feel” like he is in love, but then use logic and reason to deduce that his heart is in fact just filled with lust.

A man can “feel” like he is doing right by his neighbor, but then use logic and reason to rightfully conclude that his actions are a recipe for long-term turmoil.

Ben Shapiro’s fears of what it would mean to live in a world governed by “fictionalized thinking” are not irrational. Americans would be wise to listen to a man who hurts their feelings with sound logic over one who soothes egos with falsehoods.

Jon Stewart uses Caitlyn Jenner story to bask in self-serving claptrap masquerading as compassion

Jon Stewart Caitlyn Jenner Daily ShowIn the endless media coverage of Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn Jenner, Jon Stewart provided neutral observers with a prime example why his routine is a sad stain on the American cultural landscape. The Daily Show host selectively edited morning show clips to assist him in his efforts to bask in self-serving claptrap masquerading as compassion.

Mediaite reported June 2:

Caitlyn, when you were a man, we could talk about your athleticism, business acumen — but now you’re a woman. Your looks are really the only thing we care about, which bring us to phase two of your transition: comparative f**kability. [clips of TMZ and morning shows play, which compare Jenner’s face to Jessica Lange and body to Kardashian women.] Look, we want to give a woman a compliment here. We just need to make sure another woman gets taken down a peg in the process. It’s how that we maintain the balance.

Well, we’re almost all the way there. Let’s complete the transition. [cut to morning show clips talking about Jenner’s good looks at age 65.] There you go! That’s the caveat we were missing. Remind her she has an expiration date now! […] [cut to clips of morning shows talking about Vanity Fair cover, Photoshop] I mean, you take away the corset and the makeup and I don’t know if anyone wants to bang her! So Caitlyn Jenner, congratulations. Welcome to being a woman in America.”

Mr. Stewart’s audience lapped it up, as always. Anyone with the ability to think objectively, however, can see the absurdity of his claims.

  • Fact: Caitlyn Jenner went to Vanity Fair and leveraged media contacts to gain maximum exposure.
  • Fact: Caitlyn Jenner posed for Vanity Fair in a swimsuit.
  • Fact: Magazines like Vanity Fair heavily use Photoshop.
  • Fact: The Kardashians have made a very lucrative career out of objectifying their bodies.
  • Fact: Caitlyn Jenner is promoting “I Am Cait” by talking about the application of makeup, beauty, etc.
  • Fact: Morning shows talk about popular culture.

Caitlyn Jenner, like all the other Kardashian’s, worked to make sure that everyone was talking about Vanity Fair’s newest cover. Jon Stewart then pulls from TMZ and morning news shows and feigns outrage at coverage that is a.) completely logical given the subject matter, and b.) exactly what Caitlyn Jenner knew people would talk about.

If a man undergoes cosmetic surgery, takes hormones to alter his body chemistry, has professional makeup artists transform him into a Jessica Lange stunt double, wears a swimsuit and then poses for the cover of a magazine, then it stands to reason that television hosts will talk about Jessica Lange, swimsuits, makeup, and family members who became famous for their part in amateur pornography.

Jon Stewart found a way to take the Caitlyn Jenner story and turn it into a “look what an awesome woman-respecting guy I am!” segment for The Daily Show. He reached into the digital sea of America’s 24-hour news cycle and pulled out whatever bits and pieces he could to make it happen. When it was done he sat there smugly while his audience clapped on cue. It was an embarrassing spectacle, but one worth noting.

Pride and vanity, like a virus, is contagious, which is why it is always easy to spot avid fans of the comedian — condescension oozes from their pores like breaking blisters on a child with chickenpox.

There are plenty of discussions worth having that involve Caitlyn Jenner, but it is a good bet that most of them started by Jon Stewart are rooted in a kind of self-worship that no one is immune from — man or woman.