At what point does a man look in the mirror and say to himself, “I’m politically unhinged and I need help before I sink into an ideological abyss and drown.” If your name is Joss Whedon, now would be a good time to ask that question.
For those who haven’t been paying attention to social media today, you missed the moment when Warner Bros.’ Batgirl director decided it would be a good idea to use teenage cancer survivors as a cudgel with which to beat President Donald Trump. Seriously. We have reached the point in Mr. Whedon’s life when children who somehow survived countless rounds of chemotherapy are fair game as weapons in a rhetorical war against political enemies.
Warner Bros. executives, if you’re listening, I have a question for you: Do you really want a man who is this unhinged — a man who brings this much baggage with him — at the helm of a big-budget superhero film? If so, then you too might want to consider getting your heads examined.
Check out my latest YouTube video to see Joss Whedon publicly demonstrate how easy it is for a man to die inside from ideological hemlock poisoning. Then, when you’re done, take a moment and vow never to emulate his behavior. You’ll be glad you did upon your own deathbed.
Question: What happens when a man plays with political gamma radiation for far too long?
Answer: Just like Hollywood director Joss Whedon, he turns into a rage monster who will destroy anyone in his path to achieve ideological ends.
I covered Mr. Whedon’s slow-motion descent into partisan madness on this blog for years, but a new segment on my YouTube channel has officially launched with the name Whedon Watch.
If you’re interested in seeing how talented men often go from artistically inspired to hulking partisan hacks, then check out my latest YouTube video. Given that Mr. Whedon shows no signs of pulling back from a poisonous void, I fully expect there to be many episodes of Whedon Watch in the years to come.
I went to U.S. Army Basic Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1997. Emory University is roughly 125 north of that, which is incredibly interesting when one considers the following:
- At one location an objective observer will find scores of young infantrymen who are generally unfazed by any insult, no matter how crass or mean.
- The second location, however, is home to students who actually claim to be in “pain” over pro-Trump chalk scribbles.
The Emory Wheel originally reported the story on Tuesday but it has been picked up by countless media outlets since then.
The Associated Press wrote Wednesday:
A flurry of chalk scrawls supporting Donald Trump on the Emory University campus sparked a demonstration by students who demanded and were granted a meeting with the president, saying the messages made them feel concerned and frightened. At least one of them said he got death threats after the protest.
The students viewed the messages as intimidation, and they voiced “genuine concern and pain” as a result, Emory President Jim Wagner wrote Tuesday, one day after meeting with 40 to 50 student demonstrators.
The Atlanta university on Wednesday provided The Associated Press with a copy of Wagner’s letter, in which he said students confronted by Trump’s name in chalk “heard a message about values regarding diversity and respect that clash with Emory’s own.”
Students at Monday’s protest chanted, “You are not listening! Come speak to us, we are in pain!” shortly before Wagner agreed to meet with them…”
Pain would be standing near an Islamic terrorist as he blows himself up in a crowded international airport in Brussels. Pain would be what a soldier feels when he wakes up in a hospital bed after an I.E.D. blast in Iraq or Afghanistan. Pain would be a whole lot of things, but it would not be a pampered Emory University student — whose mom and dad are shelling out $45,000 a year for a degree in Gender Studies — reading Donald Trump’s name in chalk.
Think it can’t get worse? Think again.
“I’m supposed to feel comfortable and safe [here],” a student told school officials, the Emory Wheel reported. “But this man is being supported by students on our campus and our administration shows that they, by their silence, support it as well. … I don’t deserve to feel afraid at my school.”
Donald Trump says he is going to deport all 12 million illegal immigrants, but he may want to find a way to deport 12 million natural-born citizens who are “afraid” of chalk art instead.
The students attending these institutions of “higher learning” should be ashamed of themselves. They are soft. They are weak. They are fragile infants trapped in adults’ bodies — and they will ultimately be the ones who must face down the countless threats facing the nation in the years to come. What makes the whole situation even worse is that those entrusted with preparing their minds for the challenges of tomorrow have instead opted to entertain inane and babyish behavior.
The Emory Wheel continued:
The University will review footage “up by the hospital [from] security cameras” to identify those who made the chalkings, [University President James] Wagner told the protesters. He also added that if they’re students, they will go through the conduct violation process, while if they are from outside of the University, trespassing charges will be pressed.
I attended the University of Southern California when I exited the military many years ago and was stunned at the ideological inculcation practiced by most professors. I worried about the effects it would have on future generations and spent countless hours offering students an alternative (e.g., my time as the Program Coordinator for The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program). I still continue those efforts through this blog and other endeavors, but it appears as though the rip tide of political correctness has taken the nation out to sea.
Knowledgable swimmers can easily escape rip tides, but at this point it appears as though millions of Americans have made the conscious decision to drown.
Regular readers of this blog know that I have taken time out of my regular comic book reviews to lament how so-called “conservative” commentators have jumped on a political bandwagon instead of sticking by principles when it comes to Donald Trump.
Here are just a few choice snippets from Walsh’s piece. Read the whole thing and find the kind of courage that is lacking among many professional pundits:
“SEAN HANNITY: Although I’ve never found Hannity to be terribly interesting, now that his Fox show is nothing more than a ritual adoration ceremony for Donald Trump, it’s become intolerable. Hannity relentlessly fawns over Trump and refuses to challenge him on any of his myriad lies and inconsistencies. Trump has even used Hannity’s show as a platform to praise Planned Parenthood and repeat false, progressive claims that “abortion is a small part of what they do.” Hannity did not challenge him on those assertions. He does not challenge him on anything.
Meanwhile, as Trump receives no criticism from Hannity no matter how many times he mocks the disabled, brags about his adultery, smears his opponents, spews vulgarities, etc., Hannity has not held back in criticizing Trump’s Republican opponents for their “stunning” and “beyond the pale” critiques of Trump.
BILL O’REILLY: He pretends to be a tough and objective journalist, but his prostrations to Trump have been sickening to behold, never more than when he boasted about all the times he and Trump had milkshakes together or when he attempted to rationalize Trump’s plan to murder women and children.
FOX NEWS: All the other dull, blathering Trump sycophants on Fox News, like Andrea Tantaros and Eric Bolling and Kimberly Guilfoyle and other various Trump shills who’ve now taken to declaring that “principles don’t matter.” The Fox morning show team hands airtime to Trump whenever he demands it, and they sit in admiration listening to him blabber on like infatuated school boys pretending to be interested in what the pretty girl in class is saying.”
Donald Trump is currently cruising towards 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the Republican nomination. If that was happening with fair news coverage then it would be one thing — but its not. If the man even looks like he might say something outrageous, then cable news outlets cut to a live-feed of his campaign. When Trump refuses to condemn unacceptable behavior at his rallies, pundits like Bill O’Reilly are there to spin it in a way that won’t offend the man.
Ironic, isn’t it? Mr. “No Spin” is now the very essence of spin.
It is refreshing to see writers like Mr. Walsh, who care more about the truth than getting invites to appear on The O’Reilly Factor. I can not tell you how many people I met when I lived in Washington, D.C., who would demonize their own mother if they thought it could get them an interview with Sean Hannity or some other talking head.
I implore all principled conservatives to take note of the individuals who talked a big game for years, only to abandon everything they claimed to stand for when it really mattered.
If there is one good thing about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign it is that socialist goons are making their totalitarian tendencies known. A Trump rally was cancelled on Friday at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion over security concerns. Bernie Sanders supporters and left-wing activists let it be known that they specifically sought to stifle the billionaire’s ability to speak.
Roughly 10,000 people showed up to hear Trump speak inside the arena and thousands of others waited outside. Activists arrived to start fights, block traffic, and generally make life miserable for the Chicago Police Department.
Fox News reported:
Kamran Siddiqui is a 20-year-old student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where the event was to take place.
He says: “Trump represents everything America is not and everything Chicago is not. We came in here and we wanted to shut this down. Because this is a great city and we don’t want to let that person in here.”
Siddiqui says he’s a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. He says it “feels amazing” to have stopped Trump from speaking at his own rally.
He adds: “Everybody came together. That’s what people can do. Now people got to go out and vote because we have the opportunity to stop Trump.”
Newsflash: Donald Trump is popular in part because the U.S. is increasingly populated with Siddiquis-like thugs. You can find them online or on any college campus that makes “safe spaces” a priority.
Siddiqui wasn’t alone:
“Chicago community activist Quo Vadis said hundreds of protesters had positioned themselves in groups around the arena, and that they intend to demonstrate right after Trump takes the stage. Their goal, he said, is “for Donald to take the stage and to completely interrupt him. The plan is to shut Donald Trump all the way down.”
The Founding Fathers knew that free speech and the right to assembly were essential to the health of the Republic, which is why they are covered in the First Amendment. Sadly, there are millions of “Siddiquis”and “Vadis” who call themselves Americans while only respecting a narrow band of left-wing thought along the ideological spectrum.
“We stopped Trump” the refrain goes. Quite the opposite, in fact. All 10,000 people who did not get to see the man speak because of security threats caused by Bernie Sanders supporters — and millions who watched it unfold on the news — now will be twice as energized to vote for the man.
Guys who would rather be writing about Marvel comics and superhero movies — like me — now must defend the guy. Trust me, that is something I do not want to do, but my love for individual liberty trumps (no pun intended) my lack of enthusiasm or disdain for any political candidate.
Who is more dangerous to the future of America: Socialist hordes that take pride in silencing opponents through any means necessary, or Donald Trump? It’s an excellent question, but right now those who “feel the Bern” are making it clear that their vision for the future looks very much like the nightmare that is Venezuela. Make sure to stock up on toilet paper — socialist utopias usually don’t have much in supply.
Donald Trump has dominated news cycles for months, but perhaps the most apt description of the man came yesterday in a piece by The Federalist. Author James Poulos writes that cultural shifts, like the one that burst the “celebrity bubble” in the 90s, claim more than just the careers of actors, writers, and musicians. Politicians, too, he argues, can be crushed within sudden societal churning. That is why, he argues, we are now seeing the emergence of “the Deadpool of national politics” — Trump.
How is it that others, but not you, know Trump perfectly inhabits the form of leadership that naturally emerged from our cultural moment? Even deeper and broader than the issue of the GOP base becoming completely disenchanted in the established party leadership is the problem that so many Americans (who are not senior citizens) just have zero respect for old-style politicians.
Even a young guy who’s auditioning for the part of tomorrow’s old-style politician — Marco Rubio — just doesn’t pass the derisive laugh test among the most culturally consequential Americans, whatever their class. Trying to reduce this situation to class makes as much sense as trying to decide whether “Deadpool” is highbrow, lowbrow, or middlebrow.
There was a moment when expectations shifted about what it was to be a real human being in politics, too, and the only major figure to apparently intentionally catch that wave was Trump. He is the Deadpool of national politics. You can agonize over this fact or you can deal with it.
Think about it:
- Trump says whatever he wants — he’s completely unfiltered, like Deadpool. They both hate political correctness.
- When Trump is damaged — even by self-inflicted wounds — he heals incredibly fast, like Deadpool.
- Deadpool was created by unprincipled goons. Likewise, the creation of Trump in many ways hinges on the unprincipled goons of the Republican Party. They promised one thing, delivered another, and then laughed in the faces of those who expected them to live up to their word.
- Deadpool lets the audience in on “the joke” by breaking the fourth wall. Likewise, Trump exposes “the joke” that is Washington, D.C.’s political class (on the left and the right).
It appears, unfortunately, as though the Republican Party will not listen to Poulos’ advice, but instead will continue to “agonize” over Trump. Meanwhile, Democrats like President Obama continue on their quest to “fundamentally transform” America. It’s a recipe for disaster.
America needs a Colossus in the White House, but perhaps it deserves Deadpool at this point. If nothing else, perhaps real-world Deadpool (and, sadly, the body count his administration will be responsible for) will show people that politics isn’t a joke. Maybe then the next cultural shift will attract serious men and women to the nation’s capital. Or not, and America will usher in its own “Age of Mephisto.”
If a man wants to know just how sad and bizarre the social justice crowd is, then he only needs to look at the reaction over Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter’s $1 million donation to Donald Trump’s recent fundraiser for veterans. Yes, we’ve now reached a point where charitable donations now cause all sorts of hand-wringing among liberal kids over at Vox, Comic Book Resources, The Mary Sue and a whole host of other websites.
The Hollywood Reporter got the ball rolling Jan. 28:
During the event, Trump made note that Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter and his wife, Laura, will donate $1 million to the fundraiser.
“One of the great, great men of our country in terms of business and talent,” Trump said.
A rep for Perlmutter said: “The Perlmutters are thrilled to support their friend Donald Trump in his efforts to help veterans.”
The Perlmutters also donated $2 million to Marco Rubio’s campaign this season.
Writer G. Willow Wilson was publicly lamenting the news by Friday in her Tumblr feed:
Under normal circumstances, a CEO making a generous donation to aid American veterans would be laudable–and probably not newsworthy in and of itself. But given the concerns raised over the questionable way in which The Donald has solicited donations, and the fact that several major veterans groups have rejected his money, a lot of people have been left wondering: was this really a donation to benefit veterans? Or was it a donation to benefit Donald Trump? And if it was the latter, what does that mean for fans of Marvel comics? Did the money come out of Perlmutter’s private fortune, or did some portion of what you spent on your Marvel pull list support a political candidate who wants to deport millions of immigrants, build a wall along the Mexican border and require religious minorities to carry ID badges?
I have no easy answers to these questions. In an ordinary election cycle, I’d say that when the CEO of an entertainment company supports a conservative candidate while also fostering diverse creative talent within his company, it is a sign of a healthy democracy. Being a Republican is not a crime. However, this is not an ordinary election cycle, and Trump is not an ordinary Republican. The irony that Ms Marvel was launched on Perlmutter’s watch–while Donald Trump would like to prevent Muslims from even entering the United States–was not lost on the mainstream media, nor on me.
Rather fortuitously, I’m down in California on Marvel-related business at the moment, so I had the opportunity to talk all of this over in depth with a bunch of people who have been at the company a long time, and whose opinions I value. But after we talked, I found myself with more questions than answers. Can we separate a CEO from the company he runs, or the company from the creators, or the creators from the art? Should we?
Years ago the G. Willow Wilsons of the world were weirdly boycotting chicken sandwiches because the openly-Christian CEO of Chick-Fil-A held a definition of marriage that (gasp!) adhered to his Christian faith.
Today, writers like Ms. Wilson find themselves distraught because a hands-off CEO who lets them randomly turn Iceman gay and Thor into a woman happened to give to a veterans charity linked to Donald Trump.
Donald Trump wants to deport illegal immigrants. Donald Trump wants to easily identify refugees from the Middle East and North Africa because the men have this weird habit where they get together in groups and rape women.
No matter what one thinks of Trump’s delivery of the message, at the end of the day it has nothing to do with charitable donations that go to wounded veterans.
It is rather telling that an activist-writer like Ms. Wilson suddenly has “more questions than answers” when it comes time to putting her money where her mouth is. She won’t bite the hand that feeds because to do so would mean the end of a steady paycheck.
If I found out tomorrow that Mr. Perlmutter gave $1 million to a veterans charity started by Bernie Sanders, then I would not call for the man to be fired. I would think it was weird that he didn’t go through Wounded Warriors or countless other reputable organizations, but I wouldn’t wail and moan about what it means about “the creators or the art.”
Ms. Wilson says “being a Republican is not a crime,” but the reaction by she and her followers makes it clear that being a Republican is certainly a mind crime to social justice stormtroopers.
A man is being called on to step down from his job because he donated to a veterans charity. This is where we’re at today, and the people who scream the loudest about Donald Trump’s rhetoric do not even have the self-awareness to see that they are his mirror image.
Editor’s Note: Check out Hube’s take over at Colossus of Rhodey.
Marvel “Avenger” Anthony Mackie found out the hard way that Orwellian thought police are watching his every move and listening to his every utterance. The actor, who portrays “Falcon” on the big screen, dared to say a few nice things about Donald Trump — and was quickly grounded by an onslaught of racial vitriol.
What was it that Mr. Mackie said that warranted the “he’d love to get called a nigger” attack by New York Magazine staff editor Ira Madison, you ask?
Answer: It doesn’t take much. In an interview with BET on Monday he said:
“I would 100 percent want to run Trump’s campaign. 100 percent. … When you look at Trump, he’s an easy sell because you can sell him as the guy who worked his way up from nothing. And I think if you’re a ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ candidate, people would identify with that.”
Breitbart News covered most of the bases. In short, the racial invective was going to build until Marvel’s Sam Wilson bowed down to the Racial Thought Police.
It didn’t take long: “Sorry Donald, that wasn’t an endorsement. Just a bad attempt at a joke, I guess?” Mackie tweeted just hours after telling BET he was drinking Trump’s “Kool-Aid.”
It is rather bizarre that a man can keep his job at New York Magazine after saying Mr. Mackie looks like “he’d love to get called a nigger,” but by now we all know that saying vile and disgusting things is permissible with the right (or should I say “left”?) credentials.
I hope Mr. Mackie learns from this experience. Those who claim to be the most tolerant in the U.S. — men of Ira Madison’s political persuasion — almost always reveal themselves to be totalitarians-in-training when they must respond to independent thought.