Once upon a time (the 1980’s and early 1990’s to be specific), Bill Cosby and his family sitcom, The Cosby Show was everywhere. He was America’s TV dad, breaking boundaries and telling stories that we all could relate to, regardless of skin color.
Cut to nearly 40 years later; Cosby was a felon, found guilty of sexual assault. But as of yesterday, he was released from prison due to the accusation that his due process rights were violated.
Adding fuel to the fire, his TV wife, Phylicia Rashad initially supported him by the following tweet on Wednesday:
“FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!”
By Thursday, it had been retracted and replaced with another tweet.
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This is why the #Metoo movement exists. To make sure men like Cosby are given their day in court and then locked in jail for the rest of their natural lives. While I understand that Rashad and Cosby have been friends and colleagues for years, she should not be excusing his behavior. She should be calling him out on what he did and standing by the victims.
As a response to her initial tweet, Howard University, where Rashad is a Dean of the College of Fine arts, has received complaints from students, parents, and potential students. Honestly, I don’t blame them. By condoning him, she sends the message that these kinds of act are not just acceptable, but those found guilty will get just a slap on the wrist.
When it comes to rape and sexual assault, we have finally reached the place in which the victims are believed and the perpetrators get what is coming to them. Bill Cosby’s release is not just wrong and disgusting, it is a cold reminder why we still need #Metoo.
The accusation of war crimes is not to be taken lightly. The problem is that the phrase can be co-opted to misrepresent the truth in a conflict.
During a recent episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver towed the media line and continued to spread the same old lies about the Israel/Palestine conflict. I could show the video, but I would like to be able to sleep tonight. Normally, I love John Oliver. He presents the news in a way that includes much needed common sense but a few drops of comedy.
But on this subject, I cannot stomach the lies he and other media outlets/personalities have shared. Nor can I be silent.
For the rest of this post, I am going to let author, actress, and activist Noa Tishby speak. She is far more eloquent on than I could ever be.
The accusation of sedition is a serious one. It is not to be taken lightly or without being unaware of the consequences of what is being said.
Back in 1918, the Sedition act of 1918 was enshrined as law. In a nutshell, it is described as follows:
“Willfully utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of the Government of the United States”
I think most Americans would say that the so-called “protest” (aka riot) that happened on Wednesday afternoon is more than enough to strongly consider the allegation of sedition. Not just for you know who, but for his enablers, and those who stormed into the Capitol building hoping to overturn the results of the election.
Randy Rainbow release his new video this afternoon. Entitled “SEDITION! – A Randy Rainbow Parody“, it is a take-off on the song “Tradition” from the musical Fiddler on the Roof.
I have said many times that Rainbow is a genius. This time, I have no choice but to get on my figurative knees and bow down to this man. After the chaos and destruction, it is clear that changes must be made. It is also clear that we cannot just sweep what has happened under the rug. We need to face it head-on, take a good look in the mirror, and learn from our mistakes.
P.S. If there is one bright spot, it is that you know who has been permanently banned from Twitter.
There are millions of front line workers who need to be vaccinated to do their jobs and save American lives. These are the people who should be at the front of the line. The rest of us, especially those who downplay or deny the virus can wait a little bit. I would go as far to say that if you believe that it is complete hoax or it is nothing more than a bad flu, you should be at the back of line. That person (if their beliefs are genuine), might also refuse to take the vaccine, believing it to be unnecessary.
The fact that they jumped the line tells me that they are hypocrites. If the Senators genuinely believed their own rhetoric, not getting the vaccine would be an obvious choice. But because they got it, that tells me that they know it is real and they know how dangerous it is.
I am going to end this post with the following tweet, because it simply says it all.
Warning: This post contains major spoilers about the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian. Read at your own risk if you have not see the episode.
The purpose of a season finale on a television show is to clean up the loose ends while giving the audience a taste of what might be coming next season. If I had to rank my favorite season finales, the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian was one of the best I’ve seen in a long time.
While the episode itself was nothing but awesome, there is one reason it was mind blowing: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). At that point in the Star Wars narrative (please correct me if I am wrong), there is only one Jedi with a green lightsaber and that level of force abilities. I didn’t know whether to scream or cry out with joy when he removed his hood. It’s been a few days since I saw the episode and I am still getting tingles.
And of course, Hamill, with his usual cheeky style, teased what might be coming via Twitter.
It was nice tie in to the original trilogy, telling us exactly where the series fits in with the Star Wars timeline.
On Friday, when various news outlets reported that you know who contracted Covid-19, the responses to the headline varied.
But there was one reaction that went too far, at least from my perspective. There were some on social media (Twitter to be specific), who wished that he would join the over 200,000 American who have already died from the virus.
Does he deserve to hear “told you so”? Absolutely.
But would I actively wish him dead from the virus? No.
The problem with these statements (especially from the left) is that they perpetuate the myth that you know who has been complaining about. Now whether or not he is believed depends on the individual. However, as tempting as it is to make such a statement, I believe that restraint is necessary.
When the Internet and social media took off decades ago, they both seemed to be a beacon of freedom of speech and communication. We would speak to and (virtually) meet people who we might otherwise not meet and become a better world.
But while the technology has changed, the world has not.
While the social media giants claim that they are all for freedom of expression, they continue to ignore the elephant in the room. That elephant is racism and antisemitism that continually flows from various tweets and posts.
Twitter, while claiming that hate speech is not allowed on the platform, does not prevent Iranian officials from threatening Israel with annihilation via tweets.
I wish it was easy to remove ourselves from social media. But, they are so much of a part of lives that to do so would be akin to cutting off a limb. The only solution is that the people who run the social media platforms follow through on their terms of service. The question is, will they?
Antisemitism is a disease. How does one route out a disease from one’s body? You hit with medicine. In this case, the medicine is truth and the power of the average person.
In response to the antisemitic posts appearing on Twitter and Instagram, a boycott has been called on both platforms for 48 hours starting this morning.
There is a distinct line between freedom of speech and spewing hate. Until the people who run the social media world realize this and follow the rules they created, they will be as guilty as the ones who spew racist and antisemitic lies.
I know that this boycott will be difficult. But if we do not move forward with the boycott, the message that racism and antisemitism is acceptable will continue it’s destructive grasp on this world.
Antisemitism is a disease that has haunted humanity for thousands of years. Just when we think it has finally died down forever, it rears its ugly head once more.
This past week, the hashtag #JewishPrivilege has been circulating throughout Twitter in response to false and age old accusations. I’d like to talk about my own so called “#JewishPrivilege”.
If this privilege includes having relations that were among the 6 million Jews slaughtered in the Holocaust, I want none of it.
2. My immigrant ancestors came to America in the early 20th century with only the clothes on their backs and whatever they could carry. No one helped them to become upwardly mobile, they had to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. Whatever “privilege” someone thought they had clearly did not exist.
3. I wouldn’t define privilege of having to hire security during religious services. Or seeing the shootings in Poway or Pittsburgh in the news.
4. Privilege is not defined as hearing about nearly 1400 brothers and sisters of your faith murdered in their homeland due to lies and hate.
5. If privilege is constantly watching Israel being attacked in the press and in the UN for so called “crimes against humanity” while other countries receive a slap on the wrist, that is not “privilege”.
Privilege is defined as: special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.
Whoever thinks that the Jews are privileged needs to get their heads out the sand and read a history book.
In an ideal world, the goal of any leader is to do their job. It is not about always being liked or receiving approval. Sometimes, a leader has to stand up for what they believe is right, regardless of the criticism they may or may not receive.
Anyone who has been following American politics for the last four years would easily be able to tell you that you know who is not focused on doing his job. His focus is looking good to the public and to his base in particular.
That in essence, is everything that is wrong about this President. One of his recent tweets about the upcoming election and Joe Biden stated the following:
“Is this what you want for your President??? With no ratings, media will go down along with our great USA!”
What does not understand (and will probably never understand) is that the job he was hired by the American public to do is not about ratings. We need a President, whomever he or she maybe, to lead this country. Will they receive negative press and attention? Of course they will, that goes without saying.
We need a President who truly understands the job that the voters have hired them to do. That President is to my mind (and many others), is not the current occupant of the title.