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When Adam Baldwin first starting posting at Big Hollywood, I was understandably chagrined.  I’d heard before that he’s well-known on-set for forcefully articulating his conservative views, but despite what this blog might suggest, I don’t automatically hold that against someone.  I mean, there’s clearly a difference between being “a conservative” and being “a big enough douche to associate with Andrew Breitbart.”

But at first he restricted his posts to repping for Ride 2 Recovery, so I was relieved.  Even my heart is not black enough to try to criticize or mock something like that.

Then he stumbled out with a few “WOOO AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM” posts, but they were so awkwardly argued, and went so far out of their way to prove they were coming out of good faith, that I didn’t have the heart to cover them here.

But now, sadly, he gone and done it.

Part of the common far right interneteer’s stock-and-trade is to take something immensely popular, find some silly nitpicky way in which it doesn’t match up to a rigid conservative ideology, and raise hell.  It’s a specific instance of two broader strategies:

1) portray conservatives as an upright minority beset on all sides, the last bastion of American decency.

2) portray conservatism as a repository of hidden knowledge that THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW (ie, “Everybody loves Harry Potter, but we know Rowling is secretly trying to turn our kids into bisexual Wiccans.”)

This approach works well for them when they attack popular things people already feel kind of guilty about liking: celebrity culture, misogynistic hip-hop, violent, sex-filled movies, etc.

But it, uh, doesn’t work so well when your target is a plainly benign cultural institution that humanely, simply, and consistently articulates American society’s most basic values, and of which almost everyone shares fond childhood memories.  Attacking fucking Sesame Street as morally bankrupt doesn’t make you look like a tough-talking contrarian, it makes you look like a jackass at best, and a crazy person at worst.

What’s so bad about saying “we share common humanity despite ethnic/religious/linguistic differences?”

A main tenet of the multiculturalism and Enviro-Statism inculcated by Modern Liberal educators and as practiced on “Sesame Street” — exemplified in “We All Sing the Same Song,” is the diminishment of the unique greatness of American culture.

Shit, and here I was thinking we were all children of God.  Apparently not.  And it’s more than a little odd that Baldwin wants to rep for “the unique greatness of American culture” by trashing one of the most quintessentially American cultural institutions of the last 50 years.  I mean, unless he wants to side with Baywatch, I can’t think of a close rival to Sesame Street when it comes to representing American culture on a global scale.

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Written by dieblucasdie

November 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm

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  1. Oh, Jayne, say it ain’t so!

    Jezebella

    November 9, 2009 at 9:18 pm

  2. Also, how the fuckity fuck is “Singing the third-trimester blues” a “possibly related post”? I mean, it’s a post about being giantly huge at 7 months pregnant. The data monkeys crossed a wire somewhere, I tell you whut.

    Jezebella

    November 9, 2009 at 9:20 pm

  3. Haha, yeah I keep meaning to disable those–they never make any sense. Hopefully I’ll get some hits from giant pregnant women out of the deal, though.

    dieblucasdie

    November 10, 2009 at 5:44 pm


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