The best political event of 2019 (most likely) had somehow escaped me for a day. I'll get to that in a minute, to put things in perspective.
I think my favourite political news story of 2018 was the Liberal reaction to Allie Stuckey's obvious and intentional mock/parody video of her "interview" with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. There was a lot of competition (I could do a top 10, easily) but something about this struck me in such an even balance of being annoyed, and finding it hilarious. Stuckey's video didn't even attempt to try and pretend this was a real interview, the lighting was totally different, the sound, the fucking room was different! But we had Democrats reacting like "Oh you know they're scared of AOC when they have to try and fake interviews!" or "They talk about fake news and then clearly make a fake video? Were they even trying?"
No, they weren't trying, they never thought anyone would be stupid enough to mistake this as an actual attempt at faking an interview. What makes it even more baffling is that Colbert did the exact same thing with Trump only a few days before, except his video was professionally done from a team who is behind a show that generates millions, and it actually looked much closer to real, and of course the left were completely silent about it.
And of course they should have been, this kind of parody interview style happens constantly, it's happening all the time in comedy and particularly among leftist comedians on mainstream TV (which is, pretty much all of them) John Oliver, Trevor Noah, Kimmel, SNL, and normally they do a fucking awful job of it (although I'm probably one of the only right leaning people who think Baldwin's Trump impression has it's moments, but that being said, anyone doing a decent Trump impression is somewhat funny to me).
I thought there was a lot of layers to how awful and hilarious this whole episode was, sure there was potentially more outrageous and hilarious things in 2018 (Elizabeth Warren's DNA test with fauxcahontas being 1/1124th part Indian, though technically that part could be Latin American anyway, and she's recently apologised about it which is a fucking joke, many months later as she's running for office, and the apology itself isn't exactly clear) but yes, something about this story was in equal balance cringey, infuriating, hilarious, and interesting.
But this story on Ralph Northam blows that right out of the water. Along with everything else from 2018.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/03/us/p ... ginia.html
This is absolutely amazing. From the party of tolerance and anti-fascism, the party of hatred towards Nazi Trump and the KKK GOP, unbelievable.
Even better is that he has only admitted to being in the same room as this incident, he "isn't sure" if he took the time to put on blackface and stand beside someone in a fucking Klan uniform.
What being "not sure" tells you is that this is not an irregular thing for him. I and anyone else would definitely remember doing such a thing, even if it was 40 years ago, even if it was the 70's and it wasn't as politically incorrect, you are never going to forget putting on blackface, and standing beside someone in a KKK costume. By him insisting he isn't completely sure if he did it, he's basically saying it's not that weird, it's like "shit who knows? Coulda been me. I can't remember every car I've ever drove either. Who doesn't put on blackface and stand beside a Klan member every know and then? Right?"
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yettee wrote: ↑
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OK, I hope this helps you:
Given the experience of living in a society with sweatshops, various movements arose to ensure that they would no longer be legal. There is currently no movement to make them legal again. Read that link to learn about what they were like, and thus why for example it is now illegal to "hire 500 people, pay them $2 an hour and require them to work 20 hours a day in order to retain employment, while screaming racial epithets at the workers through the day" (see a few posts ago).
Actually y'know what, that was pretty dickheaded of me to talk about you vaguely like a crazy libtard and as if you weren't in the room (so to speak). Sorry about that.