So a magazine which follows advertisers’ leads on how to match sock color F-bombed that neurosurgeon fellow who happens to be running for president. GQ, which I’m not sure who reads, offered the Headline (here bowdlerized) “F*** Ben Carson“. Not to be outdone, an actor who appeals to what are known as “beta males” went onto Twitter and added a “You” to the title, an act which many of his followers thought the epitome of wit.
The politician is black, and many think that the attacks against him are racially motivated. Which is silly. The neurosurgeon spoke in favor of an armed citizenry, and it is that which triggered the simpleminded. The magazine, actor, and others didn’t go after the neurosurgeon because he is black, but because the simpleminded fear that the neurosurgeon’s arguments will be accorded more weight because he is black—and they hate guns and because they thought they smelled a whiff of anti-Jewishness (arming Jews is bad, apparently). This is racism, all right, but it’s the everyday stupid racism of the left which awards bonus points to members of any racial group to which they have awarded Official Victim status.
No, the interesting things about this seemingly small incident are how a fashion magazine and a fat actor (1) thought themselves capable of making any sort of worthwhile political critique and (2) the coarseness of the language. Democracy guarantees the former, of course. Not only is Democracy one man-one vote, but because of this every man feels (and rarely now thinks) his opinion of equal weight. Isn’t it? The ignorant man with the ill-informed opinion votes, just as does the intelligent man who has educated himself. As Democracy grows, in the sense that the percent of the population eligible to vote increases and that the fraction of the matters voted on by the masses increase, noise must therefore grow. The average level of political conversation must decrease.
That decrease in intelligence leads to coarse language. Not only in politics. In entertainment, we have reached the point where corrupt English and the crudest language from musicians are all but expected, even encouraged, especially from black musicians (contrast country with hip hop). This is also true from comics of any race. On television, the cultural barometer sinks ever lower. The rate at which this is happening is surprising. In weather terms, we’d expect a whopper of a storm.
There have been, these past few decades, as there wasn’t in times past, many willing to cuss out this or that politician or party, on the streets, on-line, even at the office, but there was a limit. You didn’t see obscenities from “the top”. Not official ones, I mean. The magazine and actor are not exactly “the top”, but they’re certainly not the bottom, either (where you and I reside, dear reader).
Apologies might be forthcoming, but even so it’s a good bet this kind of thing becomes more frequent and that it creeps higher and higher. All Democracies end like this. Ours is nothing special.
I also understand the fat actor has a movie opening this weekend. Best not to go. Like I’ve said elsewhere, it’s far past the time for traditionalists to use some boycott muscle. If you have GQ—and why would you?—cancel it.
Update That didn’t take long. Esquire says Bobby Jindal should be ‘Punched in the D***’ Over Roseburg Comments.
A new “article” in the men’s magazine—check it out and you’ll see why it barely counts as an article—attacks Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal with a piece saying he should be jabbed in the manhood for suggesting male parents matter.
Charles Pierce’s article is headlined “Please Punch This Man in the D***”…
Next step: open countenanced violence? Say a SWJ bashes a peaceful citizen over the head while screeching “Fascist”?