R.E.S.P.E.C.T. … remember the song by Aretha Franklin? Well, guess what folks — it needs to be re-released, for far too many have forgotten the word. One of Donald Trump’s promises during his never-ending campaign was to ‘get rid of’ political correctness. Now, as I said at the time, political correctness is nothing more or less than respect for others and their feelings. Is it sometimes taken to extremes? Maybe, but I would rather err on the side of kindness than not. Today, two glaring examples of the ugliness Donald Trump has unleashed in the nation came to my attention, and I would like to share them with you, dear friends, just so you don’t forget what Trump has turned this nation into.
Remember how incensed some people, mostly republicans, were when Colin Kaepernick, on 01 September 2016, kneeled during the playing of the national anthem, rather than stand? Of course you remember – it stirred so much hoopla that the NFL recently made a decision to force … yes, force … players who are on the field when the song is played, to stand. Mr. Kaepernick took a knee as a very passive, peaceful form of protest against police brutality and systemic racism in this country. In my book, he did the right thing and I admire & respect him for it. But many so-called ‘patriots’ have been very vocal in their shunning and denigration of Mr. Kaepernick. But now … we have another ‘celebrity’ who is using her platform to make a point. She is none other than …
Roseanne Barr, the sitcom actress whose show, aptly titled Roseanne, made a comeback last year, thanks to the election of Donald Trump. Personally, I’ve always found Roseanne to be a rather disgusting piece of work, and during the years since her sitcom ran its course and was cancelled in 1997, she has only become more vulgar and disgusting. Still, the election of Donald Trump gave rise to a renewal of all things nasty & disgusting, and that included, unfortunately, Roseanne.
While Kaepernick is using his voice to try to fight injustice and save lives, Roseanne decided to use hers to attack former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett with a tweet that was blatantly racist and Islamophobic. Typical Roseanne. Since her ‘comeback’ last year, Barr has been outspoken in her adoration of all things Trump, and has even helped the likes of Jones & Hannity peddle their ludicrous conspiracy theories. Her mouth has no filter, and she has gotten by with far too much for far too long, issuing nasty tweets about Hillary & Chelsea Clinton, George Soros, and others.
Today, Roseanne Barr finally learned what it means to be held accountable for her actions, her words. The uproar over her Twitter comments was immediate and palpable, with many, even among her own cast, dumbfounded. Sara Gilbert, who played her daughter on the show, said …
“Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.”
And one of the show’s writers, Wanda Sykes, said she would no longer write for the show. Joe Scarborough was not alone when he called for ABC to discipline Barr …
“There is no apology she can make that justifies ABC turning a blind eye to this bigotry by airing another second of her show. Even in the Age of Trump, there are red lines that can never be crossed.”
And so, just a few short hours later, ABC made the following announcement:
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”
Score one for decency and common sense – traits that seem invisible in the era of Trump. Thumbs up to ABC, even though I suspect they did it more to avoid a public relations nightmare than out of any sense of values. Still, these days, I take what I can get.
And a second abomination slid across my radar screen today, also from the entertainment industry. Video game developer Valve Corp is coming out with a new video game on June 6th. The game will be called ‘Active Shooter’. Now, there is nothing new about violence in video games these days, with titles like Hatred, Postal, Carmageddon, etc., so this one might not have raised many eyebrows … except for its premise. It takes place in a school, and the player is the shooter, seeing how many cops and ‘civs’, short for civilians, he or she can plow down.
Needless to say, there are a whole lot of parents up in arms, particularly those whose children have been killed in school shootings this year. Valve Corp responded to the uproar by saying that it doesn’t promote any kind of violence. WHAT??? Shooting kids with an assault weapon is not violence???
There is a petition at Change.org petition calling for the game’s release to be cancelled. When I signed it this morning, it had over 75,000 signatures and when I checked just a few minutes ago, it was over 95,000. I don’t know how much good signing the petition does, but hopefully it sends a message. An even better message, if the company goes through with the game’s release, would be if nobody bought the game. Miss Goose, a video game expert, tells me that a similar game was released at some point after the Columbine shootings. Where, people, are we headed???