Trump Times Entry 208 – Perhaps, If Were to Stop Shooting Ourselves in the Foot

Perhaps, If We Were to Stop Shooting Ourselves In the Foot

June 4, 2017

Gonna make this quick – we need to stop attacking our politically impure. Any progressive communicators lucky enough to be heard should ask themselves, “What’s to be gained by silencing Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin, Hillary Clinton or any other anti-fascist voice?”

When we scream “Shut up!” at Kathy for using, admittedly, tasteless imagery, we sing in harmony with fucking Ted Nugent. If we (and Ted) succeed is silencing her, Ted will get right back to creating his own tasteless metaphors – like his ever-popular lynching Obama series.

Progressive journalists demanding Maher be fired for using an inappropriate word is the definition of irony – or maybe hypocrisy. The “liberal” journalists who squanders column inches trying to deny another’s right to free speech is probably better suited writing for Info Wars rather than Huffington or MSNBC. You’d think with so much Trump related corruption going on they could find other, more interesting, topics to cover.

And when the press asks Clinton a question, she is allowed to answer in any damn way she chooses. The press, who did a shitty job during the election, is not entitled to critique how she answers. Whether her answers seem apologetic, self-serving or inadequate is not up to them; we don’t need the media’s take on Clinton’s attitude – we get it, they don’t like her.

There are real monsters afoot. Trump and his pack, Putin and his, religious zealots from across the spectrum all present serious immediate threats. They will viciously attack any progressive voice that gets too popular or “steps over the line” – they don’t need our help.

It’s been two-hundred-eight days since the impossible occurred and the Donald won. The mainstream media and the progressive press hold some responsibility for that anomaly by playing-it-safe. The republic is grateful for the shrill irreverent voices, provoking controversy, demonstrating to our chicken-shit press that free speech is not necessarily safe speech.

In Peace and Justice,
osv

Trump Times Entry 205 – A Head Too Far

A Head Too Far

June 1, 2017

So, everyone’s freaking out. Kathy Griffin, always on the leading edge of the shock entertainment genre, posted an image of herself holding a fake bloody Donald Trump severed head. So, everyone’s fucking freaking out.

The right, the alt-right, the left, the independents, even the apathetic are all shocked and aghast. Always a class act, the Donald took issue by leveraging his adolescent son’s feelings – nice touch. Even, Anderson Cooper offered his disgust, for the record. Twitter’s condemned Griffin; advertisers have abandoned her and CNN dumped her from their New Year’s Eve show. The internet, not exactly known for its excess of good taste, has taken to 7/24 shaming Kathy for her poor taste – how’s that for ironic?

So, the gentle people who didn’t mind photoshops of Obama burned/hung/shot find this picture too much? And mainstream news, the bunch who showed us an actual beheading, feel this goes too far? The apolitical and indifferent are taking a break from re-watching season six of Game of Thrones to express their self-righteous indignation?

What a crock. The only thing she did wrong was to apologize. Either we have free speech of we don’t – there’s no in-between.

I’ve got to agree with her photographer, Tyler Shields, when he said he was aware that it could make some people uncomfortable, but stated “That’s what art is meant to do. Some people look at it and they love it. Some people look at it and they hate it…. It’s a very touchy subject… but this is not real. We didn’t kill anybody…”

Good point, whereas missiles, kicking people off medical insurance and indulging Nazis does kill people.

It’s a little surprising that it took two-hundred-five days, since the election, for art to become this confrontational. Artists tend to show us what they see – in metaphor for the sake of the story, but, unlike The Apprentice, reality based.

If the republic is unhappy with what our artists show us, perhaps we should consider what we show our artists.

In Peace and Justice,
osv