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When cancel culture thugs strike...
Boycotts are an expression of free speech, and freedom of association.
Interesting that the right labels the people who exercise of those rights as thugs.
I remember the grape boycott, people who supported that boycott help secure union contracts for farm workers, better pay, benefits, bathrooms.
Thugs are violent people, I don't think people who support boycotts are violent, I think they're participating in non violent protest.
I think the right is where the violence is.
Take the far left anti fascist for example.
As Trump rails against ‘far-left’ fascism, new database shows leftwing attacks have left far fewer people dead than violence by rightwing extremists
The Right sure knows how to throw around misplaced and misused words to create a fear-mongering image, don't they?
Here they use the word "thugs". Do they even know what the word means? Of course they do; they know it means, "a violent person, especially a criminal." And they use the word to describe housewives, students, families and other peaceful folks. Pathetic indeed.
Over the last month or two they've effectively distorted the overuse of the term "mob" and peaceful protest.
They are CLEARLY the fear-mongering culture in America? Aren't you tired of being afraid? Shame on the fear-mongers...
"FAKE 45 #illegitimate" read a sign at the Woman's March in DC, 1/27/2017
BY: John Clark
Nickelodeon hit children’s cartoon “Paw Patrol” denied being canceled after White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said it would be as she condemned the impact of so-called cancel culture.
“No need to worry. PAW Patrol is not canceled,” the show tweeted Friday.
Ealier in the day, during a press briefing, McEnany said Trump is “appalled by cancel culture, and cancel culture specifically as it pertains to cops.”
“We saw a few weeks ago ‘Paw Patrol,’ a cartoon show about cops was canceled, the show ‘Cops’ was canceled, ‘Live PD’ was canceled, Lego halted the sales of their Lego city police station, it’s really unfortunate,” the press secretary continued.
Paramount Network did, however, cancel the long-running TV series “Cops” and A&E Network ceased production of “Live P.D.” Lego halted marketing of its “LEGO City Police Station” and “Police Highway Arrest” sets.
A&E has lost half of its viewers since pulling “Live P.D.”
“Paw Patrol” includes a fire-fighting Dalmatian; Rubble, a bulldog construction worker; and Chase, a German shepherd who is also a cop. While the cartoon was not canceled, a New York Times writer did call for the show to rethink its police dog character.
The piece sparked wild reactions on social media over the writer’s outrage of the cartoon’s depiction of police dogs.
“As the protests against racist police violence enter their third week, the charges are mounting against fictional cops, too. Even big-hearted cartoon police dogs — or maybe especially big-hearted cartoon police dogs — are on notice,” Amanda Hess wrote.
“The effort to publicize police brutality also means banishing the good-cop archetype, which reigns on both television and in viral videos of the protests themselves,” she continued. “‘Paw Patrol’ seems harmless enough, and that’s the point: The movement rests on understanding that cops do plenty of harm.”
In the height of protests following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, “Paw Patrol” posted a message to Twitter calling for “Black voices to be heard.”
Other Twitter users, however, were not satisfied.
“Euthanize the police dog,” one user said. Others wrote “defund the paw patrol” and “All dogs go to heaven, except the class traitors in the Paw Patrol.”
“How much will Paw Patrol be donating to bail funds?” another user asked.
For others, though, that there was any outrage toward “Paw Patrol” sounded the alarms on social media.
“I give up. Game over, man. Game over. Last one out turn out the lights. We’ve gone to plaid,” The Hill media reporter Joe Concha reacted with references to 80s classics “Aliens” and “Spaceballs.”
“The rage mob is coming for PAW PATROL,” former National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch warned.
When cancel culture thugs strike...
When cancel culture thugs strike, Americans must push back
Courageous voices like Goya's Robert Unanue's are needed
BY: Robert Knight
Wow, these Maria cookies made by Goya sure are crispy. And only 25 calories each.
We’ve got a boatload of Goya products in our pantry now, one of our pushbacks against the left’s increasingly aggressive culture war on America.
Goya Foods came under attack merely because its CEO, Robert Unanue, visited the White House and made some positive comments about President Trump. The left has called for a boycott of the company, which specializes in Hispanic foods.
Unlike many of their targets, Mr. Unanue told the attackers where they can get off, which is at the end of a short pier. So, some of us are doing our part to fatten Goya’s bottom line (and perhaps our own waistlines) to show our appreciation.
Over at Trader Joe’s, however, it’s a different story. The innovative grocery chain based in Monrovia, California, caved almost immediately to a 17-year-old high school senior, Briones Bedell. All it took was her Change.org petition to scare old Joe into getting rid of fun and fanciful ethnic food lineups, such as Trader Jose’s (Mexican), Trader Giotto’s (Italian), Trader Ming’s (Chinese) and Arabian Joe (Middle Eastern).
A company spokeswoman did the usual mea culpa, explaining that the names “may have been rooted in a lighthearted attempt at inclusiveness, but we recognize that it may have the opposite effect.” Really? Have millions of customers been pushing their carts around the stores, seething with indignation?
This is right down there with Land O’Lakes butter ditching the delightful Indian maiden or Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream sending Eskimo Pies into the PC chopper. In the name of “diversity,” the left is wiping out any diverse views, harmless evidences of ethnic food differences or even gender-specific titles. Perhaps Trader Joe’s should change its name to Trader They.
Flush with victory, Briones demanded that Trader Joe’s not only announce a timeline for the name changes but pull all of the offensive products off the shelves until the changes can be made. And darn the cost. This is straight from the Marxist playbook by Saul Alinsky, who said activists should never settle for winning. They should always raise the ante, saying, “what have you done for me lately?”
Conservatives could learn a thing or two from Alinsky about effectiveness, even though he dedicated his “Rules for Radicals” book to Lucifer. Jesus said to be “wise as serpents but harmless as doves.” In other words, use the brains God gave us to seek good outcomes without resorting to evil means.
Somewhere, the rosy-cheeked Swedish enfante terrible Greta Thunberg must be turning green with envy at Briones Bedell’s instant victory. Greta’s insistence on our shedding all fossil-fuel-based energy, which would send us back to the Stone Age, has not been nearly as successful as the far less ambitious campaign waged by the Scourge of Trader Joe’s.
It turns out that most people not named Bernie Sanders, Al Gore, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Joe Biden really like reasonably priced appliances, cars, airplanes, air conditioning, indoor plumbing and other technological marvels made possible by abundant energy.
Greta’s accusation against modern life (“How dare you?”) at the United Nations thrills the hearts of young Democratic activists who are working hard to turn America into a communist version of Sodom and Gomorrah.
However, Briones has snagged the current activist halo. Someone should warn her about pride going before a fall. If you can bring a $13.7 billion company to its knees in a few days over a petition that had garnered only 2,800 signatures, you can do anything. Anything approved by the cancel culture, that is. Petitions with thousands of signatures calling for protection of religious minorities in China like the Uighurs don’t even merit news stories.
Speaking of religion, you have to search keenly through our reflexively atheist media to find stories about the shocking attacks on Catholic churches all over America.
On July 11, a suspected arson destroyed much of California’s San Gabriel Mission, built in 1771. Statues of pioneering missionary Father Junipero Serra are being toppled or defaced.
A Jesus statue at Good Shepherd Church in Miami was beheaded. In New Haven, Connecticut, someone painted anarchist and satanic symbols on the door of St. Joseph’s Church. In Ocala, Florida, a man drove a van into Queen of Peace Church during morning Mass, poured 10 gallons of gasoline and set it on fire. Statues of Mary have been defaced or damaged in New York, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Colorado.
Like the ongoing violence in major cities such as Portland, Oregon, or the bullying of corporations, this is part of the left’s accelerated cultural change. Marxism requires destroying reminders of heritage so that a new culture of stone-cold socialism can rise on the ashes.
It should alarm us that the Democratic Party has shed its liberal persona and is all in for the revolution. Asked about the mob throwing a statue of Christopher Columbus into Baltimore Harbor, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shrugged and said, “People are going to do what they do.”
As assaults on the American way of life deepen, we’ll need more people like Goya’s Mr. Unanue.
It’s become clear that nobody will be allowed to sit this out.