Liz Heron, the executive editor over at HuffPo, did the world a huge favor on Friday — she demonstrated why so many people have a problem with modern feminism.
“Notice anything about this @HuffingtonPost editors meeting” the editor wrote while adding emojis that screamed “girl power!”
The internet responded with predictable snark, but the issue demands more attention than that. What viewers witness in a single tweet is that feminism is a congeries of contradictory rules and regulations, which allow elites to wallow in self-congratulation for behavior that would earn others condemnation.
Ask yourself the following questions about Ms. Heron’s tweet:
If women should be judged on their merits, then why is HuffPo essentially asking readers to cheer the amount of estrogen it packed into a room?
Should HuffPo be applauded for its female editors, or scolded for its lack of racial diversity?
If feminism is about equal opportunity, then why tweet an image that seems to relish the idea of excluding men?
If making an assumption about gender based on physical appearance is frowned upon, then why engage in “you go, girl!” tweets that encourage such behavior?
Personally, I do not care what a room full of editors looks like as long as they produce good content. HuffPo generally reads like it’s run by 25-year-old women, so on some level it’s nice to know my suspicions were correct. If that’s the vibe the website is going for, then great — but those same women should probably zip it when they run across a website that unabashedly celebrates the male minds behind a male-oriented website.
The weird thing about identity politics is that its foot soldiers litter the cultural landscape with social justice mines and then eventually step on their own munitions. Instead of learning a lesson or two after their credibility explodes into a thousands pieces, they go right back to laying mines. Independent voters should keep all of this in mind next time they read a HuffPo political piece that translates: “Vote for Hillary Clinton because she wears a bra.”
I wasn’t long out of the military when a college professor told my classroom that, “only redneck Republican hicks who are happy to get a free pair of boots enlist in the military.” I’ll never forget it. It was my first introduction to the anti-Americanism that pervades college campuses, but it wouldn’t be the last.
There was the guest speaker who told his audience our troops (my friends) in Afghanistan purposefully shot at civilians.
There was the extra credit for Michael Moore films and anti-war protests.
There was my wife’s Muslim professor, Fadwa El Guindi, who said while we were at USC that Osama bin Laden was misunderstood in our time, just as Jesus was misunderstood in His.
At American University for my Masters in Political Science I had a professor tell me I was “too political,” even though he saw nothing political in his statement that the U.S. military only destroys things. He saw nothing political in his morally relativistic speeches that all came to the conclusion that we were perhaps no better than terrorists in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and across the globe.
And so, I am never surprised when liberals like Jordan Zakarin squat at the first opportunity they can to take a dump on our military men and women, the Pentagon and anyone who dares to portray the American soldier as anything other than a PTSD case waiting to happen.
The good guys have yet to suffer a single casualty until, suddenly, one of its leaders takes a rocket to the chest. The audience cringes, but the bang never comes — the rocket clangs to the ground, unexploded, and the battle rages on.
The upcoming film “Act of Valor” is replete with that kind of action, but there are a few things it doesn’t have: There are no corrupt officers, no damaged heroes, no queasy doubts about the value of the mission or the virtue of the cause.
That’s because “Act of Valor” was born not in Hollywood, but in the Pentagon. It was commissioned by the Navy’s Special Warfare Command and its success will be measured not in box-office receipts, but in the number of new recruits it attracts to the Navy SEALs.
God forbid a high school kid gets a glimpse into the life of a Navy SEAL and wants to become one. Heaven help us if the kind of honor and integrity and moral certainty displayed by guys like U.S. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle gets the silver screen treatment. Liberals like Zakarin are only happy when Matt Damon is signing up for the next Green Zone, or another cynical anti-war screenplay gets the green light.
To the writers at The Huffington Post, if you go to see openly patriotic movies you’re just an unwitting pawn in the Pentagon’s Hollywood-sized psy-ops.
“This may be the U.S. armed forces’ first feature-length recruiting film, but it’s far from the first time unsuspecting audiences have been treated to Pentagon propaganda at the movies. As early as 1927, when military assistance on the film “Wings” helped it win Best Picture at the first Oscars ceremony, the Department of Defense has long maintained its own production office that offers filmmakers the latest in arms and high-tech vehicles at cut-rate prices — as long as their scripts are deemed worthy,” (emphasis added).
Got that? Anti-war movies never have an agenda that they’re trying to get over on “unsuspecting” audiences. The next time you see a movie that portrays American soldiers as ignorant boobs, war mongers, drugged out loons or racists, you shouldn’t worry for a moment that perhaps there’s a hidden motive. Never mind liberal guys like George Clooney, who once bankrolled Section Eight Productions, churned out left-friendly movies like Syriana…
Before Act of Valor exits the theaters, I plan on seeing it. Like The Expendables, it’s probably a film you should see for the weapons alone. If the acting is stiff you should cut the SEALS some slack, since they don’t teach acting in BUDS. But what you should never do is preemptively cast aspersions on a movie just because the characters weren’t inspired by John Kerry’s Congressional testimony on Vietnam.
Our Navy SEALS have just found out what it’s like to be ambushed—by liberalism. Like always, my money is on the SEALS.
A microcosm of what political correctness breeds can be found in the Kal Penn vs. Joel Stein “My Own Private India” spat. There’s nothing more entertaining than watching moral pedestal clowns cannibalize each other. When talking heads who think they’re cool because everything they say is drenched in VH1 Best Week Ever sarcasm start going at it, just sit back and enjoy.
What was it, exactly, that irked Kumar (and one-time Obama staffer)? Behold:
My town is totally unfamiliar to me. The Pizza Hut where my busboy friends stole pies for our drunken parties is now an Indian sweets shop with a completely inappropriate roof. The A&P I shoplifted from is now an Indian grocery…
Eventually, there were enough Indians in Edison to change the culture. At which point my townsfolk started calling the new Edisonians “dot heads.” One kid I knew in high school drove down an Indian-dense street yelling for its residents to “go home to India.” In retrospect, I question just how good our schools were if “dot heads” was the best racist insult we could come up with for a group of people whose gods have multiple arms and an elephant nose.
Gags about impossibly spicy food? I’d never heard those before! Multiple Gods with multiple arms? Multiple laughs! Recounting racial slurs like “dot-head”? Oh, Mr. Stein, is too good! I don’t know how he comes up with such unique bits.
I get it, Kal Penn: It’s okay for you to roll out every tired Christian, redneck, conservative joke that self-righteous Hollywood actors have been using as a crutch for decades, but someone makes the same stale jokes about your culture and Hinduism and suddenly you’re up in arms. How many millions did the “Freakshow” scene (i.e., the character you used as a vehicle to mock Christians) in Harold and Kumar net you? When you break it down, dumb joke by dumb joke at the expense of Middle America, how much did your own myopic writing fatten your wallet?
Immigration is a complex issue, and moral relativists and multi-culturalists who demonize anyone who disagrees with them only set the stage for these sorts of scenarios to happen. Joel Stein wrote a pretty sad article for Time magazine, but it’s understandable for someone to have mixed feelings about his hometown getting a cultural makeover over such a relatively short period of time.
Multi-culturalism can very well lead to large swathes of the United States being Balkanized. It means nothing if immigrants dress like Americans and listen to American music if they don’t believe in the founding principles enshrined in the Constitution. Joel Stein might think the Statue of Liberty would shed a tear “because of the amount of cologne [Indian immigrants] wear,” but I think a better litmus test would be their knowledge and appreciation of our nation’s founding.
Regardless, back to the point: Kal Penn can dish it out, but he can’t take it. Apparently, the Political Correctness Police are only allowed to act when it offends Kumar. And that makes Neil Patrick Harris cry.