With PayPal's recent announcement that it was canceling plans to open a new global operations center in North Carolina in protest of the state's new "transgender bathroom" bill, conservatives have responded in earnest.
ESPN commentator Bomani Jones sparked controversy (depending on who you ask) recently when he wore a t-shirt on the "Mike and Mike" show mocking the Cleveland Indians and their mascot, Chief Wahoo. The shirt featured the word "Caucasians" in the same font and style as the Indians logo, with Chief Wahoo given white skin, blond hair, and a dollar sign instead of a feather. He later said he purposely wore the shirt to elicit a response, and it did.
Jones' shirt makes a point, but perhaps not the one he wanted to make. It seems some were offended with the shirt because they thought they were supposed to be offended, as our current "outrage culture" dictates. However, most reacting to the shirt on social media weren't that upset with it at all.
Jones was hoping to offend white people who don't believe the current Indians team mascot is offensive. Like the "Redskins" controversy in the NFL, liberals think the mere use of the word "Indian" and a cartoon depiction of an Indian warrior is racist and offensive. Jones wanted to show the hypocrisy among white people when they were confronted by a "white stereotype." But that didn't happen.
Instead, the lack of outrage shows that the liberal response to Native American mascots is much ado about nothing. If the "Caucasians" shirt isn't offensive, how is the nearly-identical "Indians" mascot offensive? This is not a case in which a caricature or stereotype is used to deride or belittle an entire race. There have been plenty of instances of that in history, but the use of "Indians" or "Redskins" as sports mascots hardly rises to that level. Yes, "Chief Wahoo's" face is a bit garish, and the use of bright red skin is obviously stereotypical, but not racist. The intent was to be cartoonish, not derisive to Native Americans.
The Indians baseball team is using "Chief Wahoo" less these days, which is a good thing, but not because it is racist, but because it isn't a particularly appealing character. Cleveland fans, however, love "Chief Wahoo," proof that he was never meant to be offensive, but obviously a better depiction could be found. The Redskins' use of a stern face of a warrior as a mascot may offend a select few, but most find the depiction noble.
Ultimately, Jones' "Caucasians" shirt had the opposite effect. Most white people weren't offended at all, and it only reinforced the argument that the use of "Indians" as a mascot isn't offensive either. It showed us all that we shouldn't be offended at every little thing, and use some common sense. And that is a very conservative ideal. Thanks, Bomani Jones.
Political advocacy group Citizen Uprising has posted a list of every speaking engagement that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made since 2013. The list not only includes her outlandish speaking fees, it also includes which companies she spoke to, with some surprising revelations.
Since leaving the State Department, Clinton has earned over $21 million in speaking fees. She averages over $200,000 per speech, which usually lasts only an hour. In all, she and her husband Bill have earned over $150 million in speaking fees since 2001, with some of that money being donated to the Clinton Foundation. While there is nothing wrong with earning money - in this case, a ton of it - Hillary's current political ambitions have put those earnings in the spotlight, and called into question whether it compromised her stance on certain issues.
Bernie Sanders is calling out Hollywood’s liberal elite over their undue influence on American politics. Specifically, he’s calling out Hollywood liberals who aren’t supporting him.
Sanders recently blasted George Clooney, aka the worst Batman in movie history, for charging Clinton supporters big bucks for admission to fundraisers he is holding for the potential Deleter-In-Chief. Yahoo News reports:
“It is obscene that Secretary Clinton keeps going to big-money people to fund her campaign,” Sanders said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.
Clinton is asking donors for $353,400 for two seats at the head table with herself, Clooney and his wife, Amal, at the April 15 event in San Francisco. The next night, the Clooneys will host a $33,400 per person fundraiser for Clinton at the couple’s Los Angeles home.
“I have a lot of respect for George Clooney. He’s a great actor. I like him,” Sanders said. “But this is the problem with American politics … Big money is dominating our political system. And [my supporters and I] are trying to move as far away from that as we can.”
Now, Sanders may be a socialist, but we have to give him credit on this one. He’s no hypocrite on the issue: attending one of his fundraisers costs, on average, between $15 to $50 to attend.