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Advertisers bend to the will of a high school student

Advertisers are caving and bending to the will of a high school student.

Yesterday, conservative radio and Fox News host, Laura Ingraham, tweeted out a message about Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg being rejected from college.

That’s what she tweeted. Nothing less, nothing more.

Was it the smartest thing to do? Probably not. But it’s not awful.

Well, Mr. Hogg, liberal hero of the moment, was incredibly offended. Not only demanding an apology from Ingraham, but he started going after her advertisers.

And you know what, those companies began caving, giving into the demands of a high school student.

But the story doesn’t stop there. Ingraham apologized for her “insensitive” tweet. However, that turned out not to be enough for Hogg, he is now demanding an apology from an entire network.

Yes, the same kid that said Sen. Marco Rubio had blood on his hands, that also said radio host Dana Loesch was a propagandist for the NRA and calling her disgusting, wants an apology from entire network.

I understand he’s been through a horrible, horrible thing. But this kid is taking his 15 minutes a little far. You can’t accuse a sitting senator of being directly responsible for the deaths of 17 people and then claim the moral high ground, demanding an apology.

Seriously, is  where we are in 2018? If so, it’s a sad, sad place.

-BZ

 

TV: New and original programming…like Murphy Brown?

Last year wasn’t a good year for film studios, at least financially.  Summer 2017 was particularly terrible. Ticket sales during summer 2017 were down nearly 15 percent from summer 2016, not good anyway you slice it.

But what do you expect when you get another Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, the unwatchable King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and the 40th Fast and Furious flick? The films weren’t good and audiences, thankfully, responded, accordingly.

Now, one of the reasons, that is constantly given for the decline in box office sales, is the inventive, original programming TV is producing. To be fair, there’s probably a fair amount of truth to that. Add Netflix and Hulu to the mix and put the shows coming from those streaming services up against a $200 million crappy Michael Bay flick and there’s no competition. People would much rather watch The Crown, House of Cards than the 12th Transformers.

But for all of the great programming coming from the tube, there is a disturbing trend that has developed recently and we all need to do our part to put an end to it: Reboots.

Listen, I get it. Everybody likes a little nostalgia, those characters mean something to us, they are a part of our past.

But do we really need to know what Roseanne is doing? Or Will and Grace? Or Murphy Brown? Or Scully and Mulder? Or the Tanner clan? (To be fair, I do enjoy that one. It’s just so incredibly bad, it’s good.)

Has the well of original ideas in Hollywood really run that dry that we’re going back to 20, 30-year-old series?

There’s even been rumors of The Office reboot. Really? That show has only been off for a couple of years. You likely won’t find a bigger The Office fan than me, but leave things alone, sometimes it’s better that way.

What’s next? Are we going to check in with the group at Bayside? Find out if Urkel really did do that? Learn if the Prince of Bel-Air is still fresh after all these year? Where does it end?

If we band together, if we stand up, we can stop them! We can do it! Make Television Great Again and stop reboots!

 

Handmaid’s Tale Inspires Handmaid’s Coalition

You may have read about the recent protests at several state capitals and in Washington D.C. where women are dressing up as characters from Hulu’s popular new show, The Handmaid’s Tale. Inspired by the book of the same name, the show portrays women in a very negative light and they’re reduced to nothing more than baby machines.

(We wrote about the show earlier this year on Politically Slanted and if you missed it, you can read it here.)

Well, now a new organization called the Handmaid’s Coalition has formed. According to their web site , their mission is “to combat misogyny and oppression in legislation and government policy targeting the disenfranchised groups society would seek to ‘other'” and their vision is “to usher in, for the first time in American history, a political era in which all groups are equally and fairly represented in the political sphere. Whether man or woman, gay or straight, black or white, cisgender or trans, etc., all should have an equal voice in America.” The coalition will be focusing on state and local issues.

Women can join local chapters and even though the site just launched, there are already several state chapters up and running. Women are also invited to share their own “tales” on the site and there are even men sharing stories of how they participated in protests – one particular contributor refers to himself as “The Manmaid.”

They’ve even put together an extensive guide on how to sew the costume and things to know before you protest.

This, folks, is where today’s feminist agenda has gone. The left has done such a good job of scaring women into thinking politicians are trying to trying to take away their birth control, sexual freedom and independence that they’re now resorting to dressing up like fictional characters to protest a non-issue.

The GOP has become the big bad simply because we believe women ought to pay for their own contraceptives and accept responsibility that comes along with having sex (i.e. – babies).

Women in America are not oppressed and their rights are not being stripped away. Maybe the Handmaid protesters ought to start marching for women in Muslim countries who know what real oppression is like.

-K

 

Let’s Talk About “The Handmaid’s Tale”

This week Hulu released the first three episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on the book by Margaret Atwood, the series is set in a future dystopian United States which is now called Gilead. The country has been stricken with an infertility crisis and population is rapidly declining. The women who are deemed fertile have been rounded up and forced into sex slavery to bear children for the elite rulers whose wives are barren.

The patriarchy and theocracy have taken over in a return to traditional values and women’s roles in society have been reduced to bearing children, cooking, cleaning, shopping and remaining meek. They are not allowed to read, travel alone and there are eyes watching them everywhere to make sure they behave.

The main protagonist, Offred (played by Elizabeth Moss), was once a successful, happily married woman with a daughter but after the infertility crisis, the original Constitution was amended and women were stripped of all rights. Her bank account was frozen and she was fired from her job. Since she was still able to bear children, she was violently taken from her family and thrust into her new role as a handmaiden for The Commander and his wife.

The theocrats at the top claim that God sent the plague to punish society for the use of birth control, the morning after pill and abortion. Rape is the woman’s fault because she led the man on and women who embrace sexual freedom are called “sluts” and “dirty women.” The women who were in academia were rounded up and sent to “the colonies” where they work to their death because they dared to think for themselves.

Gay people are also looked down upon and are called “gender traitors.” Most are hung but the fertile lesbians are mutilated so they can’t enjoy sex but can still bear children.

Since the show’s debut, feminists have been praising it for drawing attention to what’s going on currently in the fight for reproductive rights under the Trump administration. Just this week there was a piece in The New Yorker titled “We Live in the Reproductive Dystopia of The Handmaid’s Tale.” The article draws comparisons between the book/show and what it calls a Republican, religious, misogynist assault on women’s reproductive rights in 2017.

I hate to break it to the author (and the feminists on social media) but there is no war on women’s reproductive rights. Republican’s don’t want to take away your birth control or access to health care. What they DO want to do is grant the same human rights you and I enjoy to the unborn, who are every bit as human as you or I.

While the show is incredibly well done and the story intriguing, it also makes a lot of digs at Christianity and the misconception of how women are treated within the church. And if someone watching “The Handmaid’s Tale” truly thinks the church wants to send women back to the 1800s, they obviously have a very skewed view of religion. The way Offred and the other women are treated align more with Islam than Christianity but it’s doubtful the left will even see the parallels there and instead will choose to point a finger at the Christian church and scream “this is what’s going to happen to you if you refuse to pay for our birth control and abortions.”

According to people who have read the book, the resistance is coming on the show. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all plays out and what other misconceptions about conservatives the plot will bring.

-K