Then, the C-bomb exploded: In this morning's Washington Post, Dan Zak reviews the recent excitement on social media concerning Barr and Bee.
Zak describes the daily search for excitement and outrage which now defines our dimwitted political culture. Right at the start of his tick-tock, he cites this strange bit of behavior by Barr:
ZAK (6/5/18): Jon Levine woke shortly after 7 a.m. last Tuesday and scrolled through Twitter in bed, looking for overnight curiosities. Minutes earlier, Chelsea Clinton had politely debunked Roseanne Barr’s loony claim that she was married to George Soros’s nephew. That would make a good post, thought Levine, who is media editor at the showbiz news site the Wrap.The showbiz editor at The Wrap was looking for "overnight curiosities"—and for big huge excitement. He started with a demented tweet in which Barr seemed to have bought the idea that Chelsea Clinton had married a nephew of Soros.
Barr, of course, isn't stupid, so why would she have believed (or simply written) such a thing? While we're at it, why do people believe all sorts of crazy things, a phenomenon which has become more apparent with the rise of the Internet, where crazy things are being asserted all hours of the day?
We think again of our basic question about Barr: Is she primarily a racist, or could it be that she is mainly in the thrall of the "mental health issues" to which Tom Arnold alluded on CNN? Also, do we think that question matters, or do we simply want to hate The Others?
Regarding Bee, we were struck by the following passage—especially by the cluelessness of one journalistic star:
ZAK: On her show “Full Frontal,” Samantha Bee decried the White House’s aggressive actions toward families of undocumented immigrants and then lobbed a vulgar plea at Ivanka Trump: “Do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless [unprintably bad word]!”Matt Wilstein didn't know the C-bomb was loaded! And by the way:
Daily Beast entertainment reporter Matt Wilstein published a story on the invective at 10:15 p.m., after the show posted the segment on Facebook and just before it aired on TBS.
“I didn’t know quite how much outrage it would cause because it didn’t seem that outside the realm of her normal commentary,” Wilstein says. Bee “uses pretty strong language all the time.”
To Wilstein, the C-bomb is just "strong language." It isn't the ultimate misogynist slur!
We're often struck by the tribal cluelessness of Wilstein's work at the Beast. In that passage, you see a remarkable confession—and a guidepost to the way we liberals find ways to lose, even to people like Trump.
Bee had decided to drop a C-bomb on Ivanka Trump. When she did, Wilstein "didn’t know quite how much outrage it would cause because it didn’t seem that outside the realm of her normal commentary."
He didn't know how much outrage it would cause! There you see the perfect portrait of the terminally clueless progressive—the sort of clueless fellow who's endlessly useful to Trump.
Wilsteinn didn't know that dropping the C-bomb on a public woman's head would trigger public outrage! The liberal world, and Democratic candidates, have suffered decades of harm from people like this—from the politically clueless entertainers and hangers-on who attach themselves to liberal projects and causes.
He didn't know the C-bomb was loaded! You can hardly be more clueless than that. But this is the way we've chosen to lose, dating all the way back to Larry David's wonderful joke about Jesus in the summer of 2000.
That too caused days of turmoil, in an election which ended up being decided by roughly two or three votes.
Do we actually care about progressive interests? If so, We need to get rid of our dopey celebrities. We need to get rid of our publicity-hound TV stars. We need to get rid of the fiery progressives who are so out of touch that they don't know how people will react to C-bombs—or to comparisons to "empty boxes of Tampons," and of course to loaded diapers which are "full of shit."
We need to unload our useless children. We need to get rid of them bad.
Having said that, we'll do no such thing. As a tribe, we're remarkably dumb but also massively self-impressed. Like other tribes, we're loaded with hate, and we've long loved to lose.
He didn't know how C-bombs work. Then, the C-bomb exploded!
Our question remains: Have you seen anyone ask TBS how Bee's C-bomb got pre-approved for airing?
As far as we know, no one has asked that fairly obvious question. Most likely, by the rules of the guild, no one ever will.