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The New York Times Is Trying to Redefine #GamerGate, but Here’s the Real Story

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Nearly five years ago, an online movement took the first world by storm that changed the socio-political landscape, and it all started with an angry ex-boyfriend, and an unethical relationship between a video game developer and a video game journalist.

That movement was #GamerGate, and you’ve probably heard a lot about it but aren’t really sure what it is. In fact, if you were to line up 50 people and ask them what #GamerGate ultimately was, you’d probably get 50 different answers.

One thing I can tell you is that the four articles recently published simultaneously by the New York Times about it are not a good recap or place to start. You’ll notice that these articles were written by people like Sarah Jeong and Brianna Wu. Jeong is, of course, popularly known for being a hard left journalist, and Wu is a former game developer who found that cultivating victimhood in the political realm was more lucrative.

The #GamerGate movement was complicated, decentralized, and a lot of things happened very quickly and on the daily. It can be a confusing thing to cover, but it’s best if you keep it simple. The base definition of #GamerGate was what it was originally supposed to be.

“It’s about ethics in video game journalism.”

That’s primarily what those taking part in #GamerGate wanted. They wanted that after learning a game developer, Zoe Quinn, was sleeping with Kotaku journalist Nathan Grayson, who was giving her game “Depression Quest” positive reviews. People began asking questions about the validity of gaming journalism and began demanding better ethical practices and less corruption. The gaming press pushed back, and #GamerGate was off.

While this unethical relationship triggered #GamerGate, it wasn’t the overall cause. Quinn’s infidelity with a journalist for benefits was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. The gaming press had become disdainful of its readers and overly political with its subjects. Social justice had become the name of the game and where people wanted a simple review of the latest action shooter, we were instead treated to an explanation of why we shouldn’t play it because it was sexist or racist somehow.

This focus on politics is what made #GamerGate become so political so quickly. The popularity of social justice intersectionality had made the fight against #GamerGate a feminist issue, a race issue, an LGBT issue, etc, etc. Those within #GamerGate demanding better ethics from the press who were minorities, or women, gay, trans, etc suddenly found themselves being labeled as “sock puppet accounts” while simultaneously being spoken for by the very people they were complaining about. The hashtag #NotYourShield popped up from within these communities in an effort to push back against these social justice warriors using them as a weapon against #GamerGate.

Christina Hoff Sommers became a very important figure in #GamerGate, and made an excellent video breaking down a lot of what happened.

Overall, the #GamerGate movement did real damage to the social justice infected journalist outlets and the way social justice warriors operate. Sites that once held power within the culture collapsed and gaming sites developed codes of ethics. Activists who made money off of scamming people and businesses found themselves losing the audience they needed and subsequently, the cash they wanted, like Anita Sarkeesian.

The social justice mainstream press lost the #GamerGate war, and they haven’t been able to get over it since. This is why you see them still writing about it in the New York Times years later. It’s a bitter taste they can’t get out of their mouths, and they’ll rewrite history if it’ll help.

You’ll hear them say that it was a movement about online harassment, threats, and violence. It wasn’t.

Figures like Wu would intentionally do things to evoke anger in order to milk victim points, which relayed into publicity and Patreon donations. Sarkeesian did a lot of the same. Those who were a part of #GamerGate would often talk about or attempt to argue directly with Wu and Sarkeesian in good faith, but would often receive blocks for their efforts.

That’s not to say threats and harassment didn’t occur to these people, but those who did threaten violence often found themselves disavowed by #GamerGate as a whole. This wasn’t a campaign based on fear and hatred, it was about ethics in gaming journalism with average people on the front lines. It was a movement that saw people from all political spectrums, walks of life, communities and more coming together to want something that shouldn’t be that hard to deliver.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for the SJWs/mainstream press and it still is. They were the bad guys after years of believing they were the good guys, and telling themselves they were doing it for the oppressed and marginalized wasn’t flying here. They were corrupt and they were being called out by the world. Fantasy was their last bastion, both their shield and their sword.

Reading the New York Times articles about it, I can see that this is still the case.

#GamerGate had its troubles but it wasn’t the neo-Nazi, white supremacist, anti-lgbt, violent movement that the mainstream press makes it out to be. Personally, I’ve always looked at it as one of the defining moments of our culture. For me, it was proof that we can put aside political or social differences in order to work toward something good. That the Republican and the Democrat can unite against something evil and the Christian and the atheist can find common ground and be friends. It’s a spirit that I feel still lives on in ways I see today, with citizen journalists asking the hard questions and doing the work the mainstream press won’t for one corrupt reason or another.

The real story is that #GamerGate was a net positive on society. It showed the mainstream press and corrupt institutions that a God could bleed, and that when you roll against people who fight dragons as a hobby, you may find your kingdom crumbling around you. It showed that your position as a journalist or content creator didn’t make one infallible and that you’re not monologuing, you’re dialoguing.

What started as a quest for ethics in video game journalism ended up being much more and the world is better for it.

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Sockin’ It to Satan: #Resist Warriors Push to Change Trump Tower’s Street to a Trolling Insult to the President – That’ll Teach Him

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First of all, in case you missed it (and I think you did), please check out an incredible story indicating just how insane the world has gotten. And is going:

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Now more left-wing silliness…

A momentum-gaining petition is asking the merciful Powers That Be to really stick it to the man America elected: Over 275,000 signatures now bolster the changing of the street on which Trump Tower is located to “President Barack H. Obama Avenue.”

The MoveOn.org action reads:

“Rename Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower: ‘President Barack H. Obama Avenue.’”

I suppose it makes sense — as we’ve learned from social justice warriors, words are violence. Pronouns are the New Persecution. If orange is the new black, incidental is the new substantial.

Take the most significant thing in the world; now lower its profundity by 99.999%. #SameThing. So naming a street is really sockin’ it to the voters and decimating the opposition. Total destruction accomplished.

The petition’s addressed to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who wants to forcibly take a bunch of money from people he doesn’t favor and give it to those he wants to have it (here). It includes an explanation of why Barack deserves the road in front of Satan’s Lair:

The City of Los Angeles recently honored former President Barack Obama by renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in his honor. We request the New York City Mayor and City Council do the same by renaming a block of Fifth Avenue after the former president whose many accomplishments include: saving our nation from the Great Recession; serving two completely scandal-free terms in office; and taking out Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind September 11th, which killed over 3,000 New Yorkers.

Right — didn’t you hear? Barack took out bin Liden. He parachuted right in there and took care of business like a boss.

But as for the “scandal-free” part, some would take issue (here and here). 

Short list (as compiled by The Daily Wire):

  • The IRS’s targeting of the Tea Party
  • Fast and Furious
  • Dishonesty about the Iran Deal
  • Benghazi and its subsequent spin
  • The VA scandal
  • The biggest data breach in Washington’s history at the Ofice of Personnel Management 

But hey — when it comes to political posturing, don’t think about the words coming out of your mouth; just say stuff. You’re already right — it’s magic!

The petition was begun by LA resident Elizabeth Rowin. She laid out her thinking to CBS News:

“I thought, ‘[A comedian’s joke online was] a great idea and probably no one is going to do anything about it,’ so I decided to do it. … I really didn’t think there was a chance that it could happen. … I think it would be fabulous. I think people feel kind of helpless right now, and it’s a way to troll [President Trump]. If he does hear about it, maybe it would slow him down and distract him.”

Being made aware of a petition will slow down and distract an eccentric who relentlessly pursued the creation of a global empire, then the White House…and won in both cases? Fat chance. But maybe not — magic!

Bonus: For some reason, it seems a common style among some Democrats to talk as if conservatives don’t actually exist — notice “people feel kind of helpless right now.” That’d be a No. People who voted for Hillary may feel helpless; but “people” are comprised in part by millions who went the other way.

Speaking of going the other way, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson thinks perhaps the street-naming isn’t the best idea:

“I’m pretty confident we can find a better way to honor the greatest president of my lifetime than by trolling the worst president of my lifetime.”

Maybe so.

-ALEX

 

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UK Bans Volkswagen Commercial Due to the Horror of Displaying a Mother With a Baby

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Don’t worry, everyone. If you’re scared that gender stereotypes are going to be pushed in public then rest easy, because the United Kingdom’s politically correct overlords are on the job.

Volkswagen recently released a commercial that featured men doing actions like floating in space and doing the long jump with a prosthetic leg, but ends with a woman — dare I even speak of this horror? — sitting next to a stroller as she reads in a park.

Watch this terror for yourself below, if you dare.

Liderully shaking.

Don’t worry, readers of unspecified gender, because the brave folks at the U.K. Advertising Standard Authority (ASA) leaped into action after they received just three complaints. They swiftly banned the commercial for violated gender stereotyping rules.

Also, just a heads up, there are gender stereotyping rules in the U.K. that can get your commercial banned. Super progressive stuff.

“By juxtaposing images of men in extraordinary environments and carrying out adventurous activities with women who appeared passive or engaged in a stereotypical care-giving role, we considered that the ad directly contrasted stereotypical male and female roles and characteristics in a manner that gave the impression that they were exclusively associated with one gender,” said the ASA. “We concluded that the ad presented gender stereotypes in a way that was likely to cause harm and therefore breached the Code.”

Volkswagen defended themselves, noting that the commercial was centered around adapting to change and that bringing a child into the world is one of the biggest changes to your life that can happen.

“The core message of the ad was centered on the ability of the human spirit to adapt to challenges and change brought about by circumstances. They illustrated that through a number of different scenarios featuring various characters so that as diverse an audience as possible would be able to identify with the message.”

“They included the final scene of the woman in the park as a relatable example of adaptation to change, as they believed that welcoming a newborn into the family was a life changing experience that would be shared by many viewers, regardless of gender. The scene served a secondary purpose of illustrating the reduction of engine noise in an electric vehicle.”

Every day, I’m more and more glad that our founding fathers shot their way out of UK rule.

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Pining for the Pinnacle of Stupid: Students Petition to Change White Pedestrian Crossing Lights to a Shade Closer to People of Color

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We’ve all been there: You’re about to cross the street, when suddenly you spot a sign with a stick figure, and you’re paralyzed by oppression. And it’s basically the same as the worst things that have ever happened to anyone in history, because you wisely and thoughtfully understand the high stakes and scope of potential human suffering.

And if there’s any justice in this world, you’ll one day be delivered from the horror that is straight lines drawn in a configuration that triggers you. Comprised of an absolutely soul-crushing hue.

Or you could just cross the street and go on with your life.

According to Campus Reform, a group of students at George Washington University erred somewhere between those two ideas, in the name of that most superior of all things on the planet — inclusivity.

New Woke Rules, so far as I can tell:

Most virtuous thing: inclusivity
Most unacceptable thing: anything “problematic”
Most inclusive thing: anything exclusively left-wing
Most racist thing: all things that can be said to be things

In a recent CR video, Campus Correspondent Ethan Cai polled GWU peeps: Would they be willing to sign a petition demanding a ban on the ubiquitous — say it ain’t so — white stick figure that signals “Walk” on pedestrian crossing signs, on account of its dastardly oppression?

Most in the clip gave a joyful Affirmative.

The college was chosen because of another mercilessly soul-crushing, problematic issue that the student body just voted to squash: its now-defunct mascot, George the Colonial.

As per the petition to junk George, his presence was “received as extremely offensive not only by students of the University, but the nation and world at large.”

Wow — these youngsters know about the whole world. Touché.

Indeed, Jerky George “[glorified] the act of systemic oppression.”

Here’s how CR’s goofy, phony-baloney petition read:

“As we students cross the street, we are told by the symbol of a white man when it is okay to cross. Many students from diverse backgrounds, including individuals of color, gender fluid individuals, and LGBTQA+ individuals, feel oppressed by this. … [We] vehemently urge the University to consider changing the crosswalk signs.”

Check out the results:



It’s almost as if you can hear the air leaking from their brains as they speak.

I wonder if any of the Woke Warriors — in an effort to banish the white light — have considered that light itself is white? In fact, in the video, they’re also standing in — yea, they are absolutely bathing inwhite light. The light of the sun. They’re drenched in it. In the horrible, inherently and unbearably evil color of white.

No word yet on how they’ll be able to see the stick figure if it’s changed to black — the absence of all light. Will people being hit by cars be less “problematic”?

Either way, as I understand the rules to go, the black stick figure will be inclusive. Even though no human beings are actually black. Or — it should be noted in the consideration of how idiotic this entire thing is — white.

In the future, we’re all in big trouble.

-ALEX

 

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CNN Supports Violence Being Threatened By Its Host Chris “Fredo” Cuomo.

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If you don’t like the headline you have that right not too but we are now operating under “New Rules” of media and it fits perfectly.

As I wrote here earlier about Fredo Cuomo getting emotional about being called “Fredo” and thinking it was a slur equal to being called that “N” Word Chris Coumo Loses It After Being Called “Fredo” And Says It’s Like Using The “N” Word it was an unusual stance to take for a seasoned non journalist at CNN. Maybe he was having a bad day.

Even after Fredo issued an apology, I find the fact that CNN is not even saying they are looking into this matter, disturbing.

Here is Fredo’s apology from the New York Post

“Appreciate all the support but – truth is I should be better than the guys baiting me,” tweeted Cuomo, whose brother is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and father was the late three-term Gov. Mario Cuomo.

“This happens all the time these days. Often in front of my family,” he wrote. “But there is a lesson: no need to add to the ugliness; I should be better than what I oppose.”

Fair enough. He had a bad day and made a ridiculous claim that Tony Soprano and the boys at the Bada Bing would have fun with mocking. Hell, the rest of the world right now is having fun mocking it.

Yet CNN has only issued this weak-kneed response.

CNN stood by its anchor, with a spokesperson telling The Post: “Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup. We completely support him.”

In case Zuck and the kids over at CNN have forgotten what their Godfather wanna be host said to another human being let me refresh you.

“I’ll f–king throw you down these stairs like a f–king punk. … You’re gonna call me Fredo, take a f–king swing,” railed Cuomo in the clip, purportedly filed Sunday on Shelter Island. “I’ll f–king wreck your s–t.”

So CNN is essentially giving the threats of violence from it’s host to another human being who is not threatening him an “atta boy” Fredo. Being verbally attacked by being called “Fredo” can be returned with…

I’ll f–king throw you down these stairs like a f–king punk.

So just in case you forgot new media rules if you are not condemning the action you are condoning it right?

Are you guys really that desperate for ratings?

CNN pretends on a daily basis to be above the rest of cable news in its search for getting to the bottom of a story. If this had been Sean Hannity that went bat#$% crazy you know Fox News would have already begun looking into what happened.

I don’t want Chris ” Dont Call Me Fredo” Cuomo fired but he should be put on ice for a while so that other CNN anchors like Jake ” The Hammer” Tapper and Wolf “Wolfey” Blitzer don’t get any ideas while out in public. Like I mentioned above, everyone has a bad day. No one should be threatening violence over being called FREDO from a damn movie.

Get over yourself, Cuomo.

If CNN does not do the right thing and denounce this episode by Cuomo than they are truly dead as a news organization. Those are the new rules in media and if you don’t like it why don’t you go get your shoe shine box.

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At Playboy, #TimesUp: The Woke Rabbit’s New Man in Charge is a Gay Millennial

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Admittedly, Playboy has never been your typical girly magazine. The ubiquitous bunny has always mixed scantily clad (or less) ladeeez with articles about politics, technology, literature, alcohol, and other fancypants men’s interests.

During Hef’s era, there was an element of “guy smoking a pipe in a high-back leather chair” to it all.

And then BOOM — a topless cheerleader.

But are men as sophisticated these days? And are they randy (and) savage enough to admit they wanna see girlparts? Or have contemporary American males taken a hard look at their genitals and distilled, “#TimesUp”? And can they even spell “genitals”? This ain’t the tuxedo generation.

But if the ol’ spirit’s still alive, where does aristocratic love for the flesh go from here?

Playboy tried to…uh…play by the new rules, but it didn’t work: For about 10 seconds, the hare stopped the bare. With all nudity cut from the book, a whole bunch of people suddenly and curiously lost their love for reading.

So skin came back in, and now there’s a new chief in town.

As reported by Queerty.com, the new executive editor for Playboy is 31-year-old gay man Shane Michael Singh. He’s been hoofin’ it since September to make all your “Entertainment for Men” dreams come true.

And some of those dreams’ll be new. Just ask KCRW:

Playboy Magazine built a culture of objectifying women that doesn’t fly in the #MeToo era. Now the magazine is embracing diverse models and photographers, more LGBTQ representation, and political themes.

In a recent interview with Santa Monica College’s National Public Radio member station, Shane explained the new wave. Now, it’s just about pleasure for everyone:

“We want to create a culture where everyone is free to pursue pleasure. … To say we were only appealing to men was very limiting from an editorial and creative perspective. Especially because we have decades and decades of readership across demographics.”

As stated by Queerty, “[Singh] said that gay people think about issues regarding sex, sexual expression and sexual freedom more than others. So that, combined with his journalism background and past work with Playboy make him a good fit for its executive editor.”

So how does Shane go about giving the nekkid rabbit a makeover? Like this:

“It starts with creating with intention. … We acknowledge parts of our legacy that others find problematic, while also saying, ‘What are the best parts of our legacy? What else have we been on the right side of history about? LGBTQ rights has been one of those. That’s how we have been leaning into that space a little more.”

They’ve certainly been leaning — as I noted just days ago, in 2017, the lusty lagomorph featured its first man identifying as a woman (here). Check out the cottontail of Ines Rau:

Do you have questions? So does Queerty:

As for whether the new magazines will feature frontal male nudity now that a gay man is in charge, Singh says the current issue has a retrospective of all the times the magazine has featured that.

Singh also says it’s possible that future issues might contain male nudity, but that the editorial leadership hasn’t decided on it yet because they’d want to do it intentionally, to consider the effect that presenting male nudity along female nudity would have on the magazine and the culture they want to create.

Singh also highlighted the magazine’s recent shoot with Ezra Miller wearing the iconic Playboy bunny ears and mentioned that the ears bring out a playful and sensuous side of anyone who wears them — male, female or otherwise. As such, the magazine had seven queer artists redesign the ears and they sold them to raise funds for the Trevor Project to help campaign against so-called “ex-gay” reparative therapy.

Straight men, is that gettin’ your motor runnin’? Gay men, will you rush to the Rabbit for your foxyman fix?

Time will tell.

For those of you whose appetite has just been whetted like it’s goin’ outta style, get the 411 on your brand new savory subscription here.

-ALEX

 

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Ferguson – Five Years Later

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A protester squirts lighter fluid on a police car as the car windows are shattered near the Ferguson Police Department after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

On August 9, 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The effects of that shooting and its aftermath are still being felt today, five years later. I had been hosting the “Q With A View” podcast on FTRRadio since January of that year and, given the proximity of the shooting and the shockwaves it sent through my community, covered the story at length. Eventually, that coverage evolved into a radio documentary/special we aired in December 2014. Following is a (minimally updated) piece I wrote at the time, and the accompanying link to the special which was a labor of love — one which had a profound effect on me. I hope you’ll give it a listen:

“Where were you when….?”  The special we first aired on FTRRadio in December 2014, starts out with that question. Four-and-a-half months prior, when news of the Michael Brown shooting broke, I was returning from a typical Saturday afternoon at the soccer park, with zero realization that this would become one of those moments. It’s always disturbing to hear of a young person’s death, but sadly, not so uncommon as to seem like one of those time-standing-still moments that become fixed in one’s memory like a historical north star. Even the fact that Brown’s death came at the hands of police didn’t immediately signal to me that we’d still be talking about it as 2014 drew to a close — much less, five years later. Nor did I foresee then that the north county neighborhood I’d always thought of as simply an older, blue-collar, racially diverse suburb would soon become a sociological Rorschach with a different meaning to each, and a hashtag with a life of its own.

When a vigil the following day gave way to a protest, and later to looting and rioting, I watched and shook my head in disbelief at the destructive forces I was witnessing. I recognized the tire store whose windows were smashed out; the parking lots from which several local newscasters were reporting. Ferguson isn’t my home town, but it’s an integral part of the St. Louis fabric, and near enough to home that seeing violence and chaos erupt on its streets rattled me in a way most news stories don’t — not in fear for my own safety, but in sadness for my community.

As the days wore on and competing narratives unfurled, it was tempting to choose a “side.” Sometimes, as new evidence came to light, and emotionally persuasive arguments were hashed out, it was hard not to, but I kept reminding myself — I wasn’t there, and I don’t know exactly what happened. Just as people who’ve never been to St. Louis or Ferguson don’t know our community. Early on, I bristled when I saw Ferguson referred to as “Selma.”  But then, I also had to acknowledge that there were problems and tensions present from which I’d previously remained somewhat shielded.  I started looking a little closer, listening a little longer.

When I heard a rapper named Daywalker call into the Allman in the Morning (radio) Show and relate to the host, Jamie Allman, not only his experience as a protestor, but also his hope and vision that somehow Ferguson could become an opportunity for rebuilding, rather than just a tragedy, I was intrigued. On a whim, I contacted Jamie and asked if he’d be willing to put me in touch with Daywalker — I thought it might be interesting to have him on my show as a guest.  Jamie very graciously did so, and soon, what began as a one time interview turned into a regular segment on my show, featuring Daywalker as our “Northside Correspondent.”

I quickly learned that Daywalker was bursting not only with energy but also with ideas. When he suggested that we sit down with his Rabbi, Susan Talve, to interview her regarding her role as a clergy member who’d been part of the protests, I was unsure. I knew it would be interesting to speak with her, but I was uncertain as to how we might incorporate that into the show — doubly so when what I’d expected to be a 15 or 20-minute interview turned into 45 minutes. The thought occurred to me that we might want to go a slightly different direction.

When Daywalker followed that up with the suggestion we speak with St. Louis County Police Department Spokesman Sergeant Brian Schellman, the idea for a stand-alone special on Ferguson began to take shape.  Ultimately, we spoke with Sgt. Schellman and another officer from one of the North County municipal police departments. We also met with Jamie Allman to get his take on the media coverage regarding Ferguson.  Then, too, I took the opportunity to interview Daywalker himself — after all, he lived in the community, and it was his passion that set us on this journey.  I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised by the willingness of all of our guests to speak with us, and so openly. I felt like we ended up with some very frank and fascinating discussions, rather than canned, cautious responses.

What my co-host, Jason Dibler, then did to piece them all together and incorporate some of Daywalker’s music, is nothing short of amazing, in my view. In the end, I believe we’ve managed to put together a very honest and compelling look at Ferguson, and what it’s meant to protestors, police, members of the media, and the community.

For my own part, it’s taught me that each one of us has a story and that if you give them a chance, most people will share theirs with you. Sometimes, all it takes is asking a question or two. Sometimes, all it takes is really looking another in the eye and acknowledging them as an individual, as someone who matters.

Since we completed our interviews, the story of Ferguson — and the larger stories of police and the communities they serve and of race relations as a whole — have continued to unfold.  From the non-indictment in the Eric Garner case to demonstrations turned into riots, to the assassination of Officers Ramos and Liu, it seems like Ferguson has become the pulled thread in an ever unraveling societal fabric. Which is why the question, “Where do we go from here?” seems such a fitting way to close out the special.

Where do we go, indeed? I can’t say that I know for certain, but I feel like I have an idea: It starts, I believe, with remembering our humanity.

Q With A View Special – Ferguson

 

 


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Ferguson – Five Years Later

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A protester squirts lighter fluid on a police car as the car windows are shattered near the Ferguson Police Department after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

On August 9, 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The effects of that shooting and its aftermath are still being felt today, five years later. I had been hosting the “Q With A View” podcast on FTRRadio since January of that year and, given the proximity of the shooting and the shockwaves it sent through my community, covered the story at length. Eventually, that coverage evolved into a radio documentary/special we aired in December 2014. Following is a (minimally updated) piece I wrote at the time, and the accompanying link to the special which was a labor of love — one which had a profound effect on me. I hope you’ll give it a listen:

“Where were you when….?”  The special we first aired on FTRRadio in December 2014, starts out with that question. Four-and-a-half months prior, when news of the Michael Brown shooting broke, I was returning from a typical Saturday afternoon at the soccer park, with zero realization that this would become one of those moments. It’s always disturbing to hear of a young person’s death, but sadly, not so uncommon as to seem like one of those time-standing-still moments that become fixed in one’s memory like a historical north star. Even the fact that Brown’s death came at the hands of police didn’t immediately signal to me that we’d still be talking about it as 2014 drew to a close — much less, five years later. Nor did I foresee then that the north county neighborhood I’d always thought of as simply an older, blue-collar, racially diverse suburb would soon become a sociological Rorschach with a different meaning to each, and a hashtag with a life of its own.

When a vigil the following day gave way to a protest, and later to looting and rioting, I watched and shook my head in disbelief at the destructive forces I was witnessing. I recognized the tire store whose windows were smashed out; the parking lots from which several local newscasters were reporting. Ferguson isn’t my home town, but it’s an integral part of the St. Louis fabric, and near enough to home that seeing violence and chaos erupt on its streets rattled me in a way most news stories don’t — not in fear for my own safety, but in sadness for my community.

As the days wore on and competing narratives unfurled, it was tempting to choose a “side.” Sometimes, as new evidence came to light, and emotionally persuasive arguments were hashed out, it was hard not to, but I kept reminding myself — I wasn’t there, and I don’t know exactly what happened. Just as people who’ve never been to St. Louis or Ferguson don’t know our community. Early on, I bristled when I saw Ferguson referred to as “Selma.”  But then, I also had to acknowledge that there were problems and tensions present from which I’d previously remained somewhat shielded.  I started looking a little closer, listening a little longer.

When I heard a rapper named Daywalker call into the Allman in the Morning (radio) Show and relate to the host, Jamie Allman, not only his experience as a protestor, but also his hope and vision that somehow Ferguson could become an opportunity for rebuilding, rather than just a tragedy, I was intrigued. On a whim, I contacted Jamie and asked if he’d be willing to put me in touch with Daywalker — I thought it might be interesting to have him on my show as a guest.  Jamie very graciously did so, and soon, what began as a one time interview turned into a regular segment on my show, featuring Daywalker as our “Northside Correspondent.”

I quickly learned that Daywalker was bursting not only with energy but also with ideas. When he suggested that we sit down with his Rabbi, Susan Talve, to interview her regarding her role as a clergy member who’d been part of the protests, I was unsure. I knew it would be interesting to speak with her, but I was uncertain as to how we might incorporate that into the show — doubly so when what I’d expected to be a 15 or 20-minute interview turned into 45 minutes. The thought occurred to me that we might want to go a slightly different direction.

When Daywalker followed that up with the suggestion we speak with St. Louis County Police Department Spokesman Sergeant Brian Schellman, the idea for a stand-alone special on Ferguson began to take shape.  Ultimately, we spoke with Sgt. Schellman and another officer from one of the North County municipal police departments. We also met with Jamie Allman to get his take on the media coverage regarding Ferguson.  Then, too, I took the opportunity to interview Daywalker himself — after all, he lived in the community, and it was his passion that set us on this journey.  I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised by the willingness of all of our guests to speak with us, and so openly. I felt like we ended up with some very frank and fascinating discussions, rather than canned, cautious responses.

What my co-host, Jason Dibler, then did to piece them all together and incorporate some of Daywalker’s music, is nothing short of amazing, in my view. In the end, I believe we’ve managed to put together a very honest and compelling look at Ferguson, and what it’s meant to protestors, police, members of the media, and the community.

For my own part, it’s taught me that each one of us has a story and that if you give them a chance, most people will share theirs with you. Sometimes, all it takes is asking a question or two. Sometimes, all it takes is really looking another in the eye and acknowledging them as an individual, as someone who matters.

Since we completed our interviews, the story of Ferguson — and the larger stories of police and the communities they serve and of race relations as a whole — have continued to unfold.  From the non-indictment in the Eric Garner case to demonstrations turned into riots, to the assassination of Officers Ramos and Liu, it seems like Ferguson has become the pulled thread in an ever unraveling societal fabric. Which is why the question, “Where do we go from here?” seems such a fitting way to close out the special.

Where do we go, indeed? I can’t say that I know for certain, but I feel like I have an idea: It starts, I believe, with remembering our humanity.

Q With A View Special – Ferguson

 

 


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Make Your Mark: The Pasadena Rose Parade Invites Men Who Identify as Women to Be Its Next Queen

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If you’re a man who’s always wanted to lead the New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, your time has come.

That’s right: The iconic extravaganza has opened up its title of Rose Queen to dudes.

Why not just have a Rose King, too? They’ve had a few, since 1905.

But this is different. Who doesn’t wanna be queen for a day?

There is a catch, though; you can be a man, but you’ve gotta conform to the social construct of female: It seems you’ll have to dress like a lady.

As reported by Pasadena Now, the Parade’s changed its rules so the royal court now invites any and all candidates who “identify as female.”

Once again, men swoop in to unseat a girl who would’ve otherwise gotten an opportunity. First sports (herehere, and here), then Playboy, then Victoria’s Secret (here), now a Rose is a ruse — I mean, rose. Get outta the way, chicks, and let Ethel Merman sing it to ya — anything you can do, men can do better. Or at least, they’ll try to.

From Pasadena Now:

A change to the Tournament of Roses application for the Royal Court could allow transgender applicants the opportunity to enter the process. Requirements previously required that applicants “must be female,” but this year the requirement has changed to “must identify as female.”

Actually, the local outlet specifies that men aren’t welcome:

As before, men still are not allowed to enter the process.

So no men, but any people who identify as female. But also not just women.

Sounds like in Pasadena, they’ve got their own kinds of people walkin’ around.

But the important thing is the important thing that’s always the important thing, as stated by Tournament of Roses Chief Executive Officer David Eads:

“We have always tried to be very inclusive and embrace diversity.”

But not so inclusive as to allow men.

And this new diversity began over half a year ago:

“With our Royal Court members, last year we had our first Rose Queen that publicly identified as LGBTQ. So then the question of would we accept a transperson as part of our Royal Court, and again, based on our selection criteria, somebody’s sexual identity or orientation has never been part of our selection criteria.”

Indeed — Rose Queen Louise Deser Siskel came out to the Los Angeles Times as bisexual.

Going forward, guys have more reason than ever to challenge chicks for the throne:

Eads said the selection process is still based on several qualities, including speaking skills, leadership and their academic achievement and their community and school involvement.”

The Tournament of Roses will also increase the scholarship from $2,500 to $7,500 for members of the Royal Court.

Louise Deser Siskel made history. And now, if you’re a man who identifies as a woman but you’re definitely not a man, so can you.

-ALEX

 

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Chick-Fil-A Does not Bow to Social Pressure and Becomes Most Favored Restaurant Chain

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The Chick-fil-A at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. Screen grab via CFA.

One company that does not pay heed to the outrage mob benefits as a result.

It has been a constant item in the news that the fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A is targeted as a hate-filled and intolerant business entity. Activist groups have attempted to stage boycotts on the regular, and their childish bleating has even led to politically liberal municipalities to work against allowing the company to perform basic commercial practice in their areas. It is all part of our new social reality of permissive intolerance made in the name of tolerance.

To its credit the company has been mostly muted in these social skirmishes — and also to its benefit. While the chicken purveyor has been routinely demonized in the press it has remained calmly steadfast in its mission statement, and as a result it has only grown in response. The past few years has seen the chain rise among the most successful franchises in the country, and now it has achieved a new accomplishment — Chick-Fil-A has been voted the country’s favorite fast-food restaurant.

As measured by Market Force, which conducts surveys of diners on a variety of metrics, the chicken chain came in ahead of the 2018 most-favored chain, In-And-Out Burger. This has to be a blow to the various leftist activist groups and other social cranks who have taken up the mantle in recent years of making products political, and food racist. (Judd Legum has made this his career’s sole intent.)

It is difficult to remember back to an era when our commercial buying interests were not fraught with all manner of social implication. These days we accept the infinitely fatiguing reality that we are in a state of perpetual hectoring about our marketplaces. On the one hand there is a nobility to voting with your wallet. We have that freedom in the free market, to elect which products we prefer to purchase with our private funds. But the social scolds have taken it to all new levels of outlandish outrage.

These days we are badgered as to which products support nefarious politicians, who the CEOs are who donate to improper organizations, or what brands advertise on the wrong news channel. “If you buy your son a Louisville Slugger you support those who club baby harp seals!!!” It gets so bad that you have to be aware of not only which product you buy, but that the approved item is sold by the approved store. Sure, that soda may have proceeds that go to Planned Parenthood, but if it was bought at a Wal-Mart you are still an evil conservative hate-monger!

This spending dictate recently reached an asinine level when there was a call for people to start boycotting Home Depot because one of its founders donates to Donald Trump. The claim was buying a hammer puts money in Trump’s pocket, so we should shop at Lowes instead. Three problems with this effort:
1) The founder had retired from Home Depot over 15 years ago.
2) Another founder was a frequent donor to the Democrats
3) Lowes is a primary donor to GOP candidates.

While Chick-Fil-A has been featured frequently in news cycles it differs from many other companies that have been connected to social activist prolix. Unlike examples such as Target Stores (gendered bathrooms), Dick’s Sporting Goods (gun control), or Gillette Razors (toxic males), the chicken chain has not inserted itself into the social discourse; it has always been dragged into the debate. Each of those above companies boldly made an announced virtue stance, and each ended up suffering commercially as a result.

Meanwhile Chick-Fil-A quietly conducted its business, and look at the rewards it is reaping. Market data shows that the chain is taking in more than double the revenue than McDonald’s restaurants — and that is while famously operating with one fewer business day per week. (Some estimates have shown that by closing on Sundays the company is losing out on roughly $1 billion in additional sales annually.)

It seems the outrage culture that draws so much attention actually carries little influence. Not only do their calls for incensed boycotts mostly fail to have an impact, but companies which cater to the crank-set also suffer. Turns out the blowhards do not easily part with cash. Soon enough the corporate suits may start to realize the impotence these activists actually possess.

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