Street Pest: Excuse me, sir, do you have a minute to save the earth?
Intelligent Man: Huh? Oh. The earth? I’m not sure the earth would benefit from saving.
SP: Ha ha. No, seriously, sir, would you take just a minute to save the earth?
IM: Why, is Cthulhu finally returning?
SP: I’m sorry? No, we’re raising awareness about the earth.
IM: I’m already aware of the earth. I’ve been aware of the earth ever since I quit drinking back in ’96. In fact, I’ve become so aware of the earth, particularly its street life, that I’m considering going back on the bottle.
SP: No, I mean the organization I work for, Piece of Green, is conducting an awareness raising campaign about the earth.
IM: Are many people unaware of the earth’s existence? I knew there was a danger with people being absorbed by trivia on their cell phones, but has it degenerated into an epidemic of Earth Unawareness Syndrome so quickly?
SP: Ha ha. No, like, we’re trying to educate people about the earth. We at Piece of Green are raising money to raise awareness of environmental perils.
IM: And how long have you been doing this?
SP: Since the 1960s.
IM: And how much money have you raised since then?
SP: I don’t know, tens, maybe even hundreds, of millions.
IM: And people still aren’t aware of the earth?…
It isn’t only the social justice warriors at the ex-sports network ESPN (which nobody is obliged to watch, though you are obliged to pay for if you have cable), but the NBA, too. Entertainers are ever at the forefront of cultural degradation.
Weedy Mammonite and lawyer named Adam Silver runs the NBA. He “said Thursday that the league will move the all-star festivities to another state if North Carolina’s recently passed anti-LGBT legislation remains in place.”
I say call his bluff. I pray North Carolina shows Silver its backside and says, “Do your worst.” The worst, apparently, is removing a night’s forgettable entertainment.
The “anti-LGBT legislation” is the legal requirement that men stay out of the ladies rooms. That we’ve reached the point where we have to make a law out of something obvious is one point. The other is this. The men who go into the ladies rooms are either insane or perverts. The men are insane if they actually think they are women. They are perverts if they know they are not but just want to be where women pee.
Of course, there are not many genuinely insane people, though there are more perverts. There will not, at least now, be a flood of the touched and would-be touchers in amongst your women. One is too many, it’s true, but this will not be an enormous problem, especially in the south where many men still retain a notion of protecting the weaker sex.
No, the real phenomenon is why people like Silver, and ESPN and Target stores, think they have to spout off about a topic that is none of their business. Basketball, broadcasting sports, and selling cheap toilet paper are their businesses. That they forgot this can only mean Silver and the degraded at ESPN and so forth are interested in two things.
One, forcing their will on others, people Silver thinks are little better than brutes, people who do not belong to his culture. This really is Silver taking on an entire state, to remake that state’s culture into Silver’s culture. He thinks he can win. He might, too, because cowardice and greed among our elected leaders are too often our go-to emotions (thinking about how these leaders managed being elected helps understand this).
Silver’s second goal is to signal to his confreres his moral superiority. Even if Silver loses, and North Carolina decides its wives and daughters are more important than a few hours popcorn sales, Silver will have raised his esteem in his colleague’s eyes. It has to be moral signalling, because imagine this scenario.
Stick boy (see his picture) Silver sees a hesitant pervert outside a ladies room. Silver takes pity on the pervert and, like a white knight, struts to the doorway of the toilet and announces to passersby, “This man would like to go into the ladies room. I am here to see that he is allowed to go in for as long as he wants. Anybody who says different has to deal with me.”
Never, ever happen. Silver doesn’t give a damn about anybody but Silver and his in group.