Are you tired of being scolded over nonsense yet? Well, too bad, because it will never stop.
Over at WaPo, G. Daniela Galarza wants you to “Stop calling food ‘exotic’.” Can you guess why?
The first problem with the word is that, probably within the past two decades, it has lost its essential meaning. The second, more crucial problem is that its use, particularly as applied to food, indirectly lengthens the metaphysical distance between one group of humans and another, and, in so doing, reinforces xenophobia and racism.
Have you indirectly lengthened the metaphysical distance between one group of humans and another today? Then you’re a xenophobe and a racist.
I didn’t even know this was a problem. But now that I do, I’m definitely going to start calling food “exotic.”
You know what’s really exotic these days? Getting over yourself. That’s strikingly different and unusual in 2021. Apparently we’ve run out of problems in America, if WaPo can devote 2,000 words to scolding you for using a perfectly harmless word.
The xenophobia and racism surrounding the word “exotic” seem to be very recent, if WaPo itself is any indication:
That was different, because it was our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters saying it. Ain’t that always the way?
So, What Else Is Going On?
Speaking as a cuck RINO traitor who probably wanted Hillary to win,1 I want to know why Business Insider has compiled a searchable database of everybody who worked in the Trump administration.
They miss him so much. They don’t know what to do without him.
What the hell is that about? Working for the president of the United States now means a mainstream publication puts you on an enemies list?
Why is it that the people who scream the loudest about fascism are the first to resort to fascist tactics? “Don’t you dare work for a president we don’t like, or we’ll make sure you never work again.” Since when is this acceptable? Who do they think they are, the Stasi?
It’s official: Most of the civilized world thinks China sucks. Unleashing a deadly plague on the entire planet will hurt your popularity.
That’s not counting newsrooms all over the western world, of course, which are still doing China’s bidding because Chinese money is the only thing keeping them afloat.
Chris Hayes has been having quite a week. First he kissed Xi Jinping’s ass, and now he’s freaking out about Fox News starting a weather channel. Why? Because they’re “climate deniers” who are going to kill us all with their “climate denial”:
“It’s really not a stretch to say Rupert Murdoch’s media empire…stopped us from taking action on climate change sooner, continues to block us, and we’re now dealing with the fallout,” Hayes said. “One could only imagine how a weather channel practicing climate change denial would approach these stories. How would they explain the insane heat?”
I dunno, Chris. How about… it’s hot outside because it’s summer?
Do these guys really think the world is going to end if some people get their 7-day forecast from Fox Weather instead of the Weather Channel? Everybody just needs to calm down.
Elsewhere on Substack, Becket Adams makes a really good point: “‘Woke’ is about power.” All these rules and speech codes we’re expected to follow, which can change from one day to the next without warning or reason, aren’t about making anybody safer or happier. It’s all about enforcing the will of a few on the many. It’s about silencing dissent.
Tucker Carlson is my friend (and the best boss I’ve ever had), so if he thinks the NSA is spying on him, I’m not going to dismiss it out of hand. They’re the NSA, after all. They spy on people. Is it really outside the realm of possibility that they’d spy on him?
A lot of people are dismissing it, though, just because Tucker is the one saying it. They don’t like him, so he must be lying. He’s accusing the NSA of something, so suddenly the NSA is good. That’s about as much thought as liberals have put into it.
It must be exhausting to be a lib, never knowing from one day to the next what’s expected of you. What you’re supposed to say. Who you’re supposed to hate. Always terrified you’ll be attacked next if you fail to denounce the enemy loudly enough. No wonder they’re always so irrational and hostile.
This Week’s Loki Nerd Moment
This show is turning out to be kind of a mess, huh? Those first two episodes were so strong, so promising, and then… Ehhhh.
For all the flash and spectacle, exploding planets and robotic Time-Keepers and giant cloud monsters, nothing on this show has even come close to those early scenes between Loki and Mobius. Just the two of them sitting at a table, trying to outwit each other. That was so great. What happened? Why would Disney hire Owen Wilson to do a six-episode series and then only make good use of him in, what, one episode? One and a half? What a waste.
They pushed him aside for Lady Loki, or Sylvie, or whatever her name is. I’m sorry, but she’s no Hiddleston. I really don’t understand what we’re supposed to see in her. She has less charm than Alligator Loki. Possibly even less charm than Brie Larson. Am I supposed to scream “YAAAAAS KWEEN” every time she rolls her eyes at the men, for fear of dire repercussions if I don’t genuflect deeply enough?
One thing I’ll say for the show is that it’s not turning out to be anything like I expected. It hasn’t been great, but it hasn’t been predictable. They’ve kept us guessing. After 10 years of Loki in the MCU, almost 60 years of stories in Marvel Comics, and a thousand years of Norse legends, that’s not nothing.
They’ve got one more chance to get it right. My theory is that the TVA is somehow Loki’s creation — 🎶It was Laufeyson all along!🎶 — so next week we’ll see if that’s right.
So, do you think they’re setting up Mobius for his own series? How will he “burn the TVA to the ground”? (Is it even on a piece of ground?) Will he appear in the next Dr. Strange movie? Will we ever see him on a jet ski? Why did the writers make him say Sylvie is his favorite, when that’s clearly not the case? Will the Coca-Cola Company bring back Josta, his favorite drink? Tell me tell me tell me!
And one last time, I’m imploring everybody to watch Mr Inbetween on Hulu. There’s only one more episode in the whole series, because creator/writer/star Scott Ryan has told all the stories he wants to tell. I hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Ray Shoesmith and his half-bad/half-good life, but the show is going out strong. They’ve done 25 episodes without a single bad one. I don’t think they’ve even done a single bad scene. It’s the best show on American TV, and it isn’t even American.
I cancelled Netflix last year and refuse to resubscribe while they’re still showing kiddie porn, but if I were going to sign up again, it would be to watch I Think You Should Leave. Netflix just put one of the sketches from the second season on YouTube for free, so watching it isn’t against my self-imposed rules.
WARNING: This Sketch Uses Extremely Filthy Language So Don’t Watch It If You’re My Mom
He’s not trying to be funny. He genuinely doesn’t understand how he’s breaking the rules, and nobody even bothers to explain. They just kick him out. How about a little compassion for the neurodivergent, huh?
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