The Divine Miss M is belting out sour notes these days.
Fading celebrity Bette Midler – and Twitter – are being criticized by members of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network after Midler used the social media platform to speak fondly about a brutal attack on Senator Rand Paul.
It’s not the first time Midler has done this, or been criticized by Project 21 for her boorish behavior. It’s also not the first time, and probably not the last time, it will be said that she needs to be “Raising the Barr” in how she engages in political discussion. Right now, she’s acting no better than when Roseanne Barr was ranting, raving and losing her standing in Hollywood due to her own boorishness.
Because Midler disagreed with Paul and his support of a Trump Administration plan to draw down American forces in Syria, she took to Twitter to pretty much praise Paul’s neighbor – who went to jail and paid a large fine for attacking the lawmaker.
Paul ended up with six broken ribs after he was attacked by Rene Boucher in 2017. The injuries resulted in Paul contracting pneumonia and losing part of a lung. Boucher pled guilty to the felony crime of assaulting a member of Congress and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 100 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine. Paul also won over $580,000 in damages from Boucher in a civil lawsuit related to the brutal attack.
In expressing her disapproval of Paul’s position on the Syria pullout, Midler posted to Twitter on October 23 that “I DO NOT promote violence, but… Rand Paul says the Kurds are being ‘ingrates’ for taking their frustrations out on U.S. troops. Which is a good reminder for us all to be more grateful for the neighbor who beat the s— out of Rand Paul.”
This is only the latest incident in Midler’s longstanding animus toward the junior sentator from Kentucky. She has referred to Boucher’s attack before – in February 2018 – when she was mad at Paul about something else. She asked in a tweet: “Where’s Rand Paul’s neighbor when we need him?”
Neither of these occasions appeared to have brought any retribution for Midler despite people pointing out in 2018 that her comment appeared to violate Twitter’s policy against using the platform to wish harm on others. Midler’s latest verbal attack comes as Disney announced it might make a sequel to an old film of hers, “Hocus Pocus.”
Speaking about Midler’s crassness, Project 21 member Derryck Green says:
So, in other words, Midler’s tweet amounts to: I don’t support violence until I do. Especially against people who hold views that are different from mine.
Will Bette Midler say the same thing about Congressman Steve Scalise if and when he says something she disagrees with? This kind of rhetoric is way out of bounds, and Midler needs to be called on it.
Disagreeing with people is OK. Advocating violence against those you disagree with is not just wrong – it’s immoral.
Project 21 member Martin Baker adds criticism of Twitter when he says:
Comments such as this tell me all I need to know about Bette Midler’s compassion.
To applaud an unprovoked attack on anyone, much less a United States senator, is a sad cry for relevance. Where is this tolerance the left and its shills like Midler speak of?
Apparently not on Twitter.
Midler even lost a fan in Project 21 member Marie Fischer:
Growing up, I used to always hear that if you could not say something nice you shouldn’t say anything at all.
Bette Midler is a bit older than me, so I know she heard that suggestion as well. So why in the world would she tell people to be grateful for Rand Paul’s neighbor, who severely injured the senator that he is still recovering from an assault that occurred over two years ago? And her basis is for what he said in just the last few weeks.
Her statement sounds like something out of “Minority Report,” where people are punished for possible future actions. She either truly believes this, or is so starved for attention she will say anything.
Midler was once a role model for me growing up. Now I pray no one grows up to be as bitter and caustic as she is.
And Project 21 member Deroy Murdock says:
The Divine Miss M does not sound so divine these days.
It would be really nice if the same Trump-haters who scream about the need for civil discourse tried civil discourse sometime.
This is not the first time Project 21 members have said that Midler was due for Raising the Barr when it comes to civil discourse. Also on Twitter, this past July, she made the allegation that black people at a rally appearance by President Donald Trump were paid to be there, tweeting, “How much did he pay them to be in the ‘blackground’?”
At that time, Deroy took her to task for “dismiss[ing] these grown black men as props for hire.”
Joy Behar, a panelist on ABC’s “The View” chat show, really has a chip on her shoulder when it comes to the Trump Administration. This mean streak is not good for her brand, and it has reflected poorly on her employer. Members of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network believe she needs to be “Raising the Barr” when it comes to her professionalism.
To put things in perspective, Behar once jumped into a discussion on the show in which she specifically bashed Vice President Mike Pence, his Christian faith and the sanity of all Christians by saying those who claim to hear Jesus speak must have “mental illness.” At the prompting of the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that he had made Behar apologize to the Vice President (Disney owns the ABC network).
Just recently, and certainly not the only time, Behar questioned President Donald Trump’s sanity as well, suggesting someone should “just put him in a home” for the mentally ill instead of impeaching him. But she has also pushed for impeachment, and just this month yelled “Resign! Get Out!” at the opening of an episode of “The View.”
In her latest outlandish performance, she seemed to take pride in telling her colleagues and viewers that she argued with supporters of the President while on vacation. In England. On a tour of a historic site. Underground.
During a tour of World War II-era “war rooms” underneath London, Behar said she took on a Trump supporter whom she said had simply asked her to “give him a chance,” just as conservatives had tolerated former president Barack Obama. Her description of her retort was an exaggerated diatribe against the President: “Give him a chance? He’s destroying the planet. He’s destroying the democracy. He doesn’t know what he’s doing. He’s writing stupid letters to [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan. He’s killing people far away from us who did nothing but help us. Give him a chance? That’s the argument you’re giving me?”
Commenting on how Behar should have relaxed on her vacation – taking a break from the 24/7 radical politicizing that always seems to get her in such hot water – Project 21 member Emery McClendon says:
Behar states she engaged with a Trump supporter while on vacation. Why pick a fight on foreign soil while on vacation? Both parties should have been trying to relax.
The supporter asked Behar to give President Trump a chance just like we gave President Obama. That wasn’t good enough for her. Just like any average bully, she keep on badgering the supporter.
It’s time for liberals to raise the bar and leave people who are enjoying life alone. She just wanted to bash a person with a different political view than hers.
Project 21 member Leo Fuller adds:
Why would Joy Behar choose to fight with a private citizen about the sitting President of the United States while vacationing in London?
I sympathize with the exasperation that the producers of “The View” and Disney executives must feel. I am sure that this is not an event worth sharing with millions of busy Americans.
And Project 21 member Richard Holt suggests that Behar’s anger comes from an inability for liberals to tolerate those who disagree with anything they believe:
Joy Behar does what liberals do best these days, and that’s go crazy at the sight of a red cap.
But it’s really a free-thinker who frightens people like Behar the most. Every red cap, every Trump shirt and every Trump sign to them are reminders of how the liberal elite and the deep state haven’t been able to penetrate enough of society to maintain a stranglehold over everyone.
Behar’s comments really illustrate how devastating it’s been to these elites to have lost a free and fair election. That’s what really frightens them. It’s not Trump as much as the revelation that people can watch their biased media, read their biased newspapers, receive their biased education and yet somehow still not agree with them.
Behar should be angry at the sight of a Trump supporter because it’s a reminder of how little power she really has.
Actor Mark Ruffalo is a one-man wrecking crew on-screen and off.
The actor best known for playing The Hulk in Disney’s Avengers movies has now focused his wrath on Ellen DeGeneres. Her offense? Simply being friendly to former president George W. Bush.
Forget decorum or civility. If he was in her position? Hulk smash! In a viral tweet, Ruffalo rebuked the popular talk show host for calling for basic kindness that transcends political disagreement.
Calling Ruffalo’s boorish behavior “sad” and “droll,” members of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network wonder if Disney and Hollywood casting directors should be “Raising the Barr” when it comes to considering a conservative-hating and mean-spirited actor for action movies and other media meant to appeal to consumers of all political stripes.
In the current polarized political climate, it was big news when DeGeneres and Bush were seen sitting together in the owner’s box at the recent football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. Ruffalo wasn’t the only celebrity critic of the meeting. But DeGeneres, who is an outspoken liberal and lesbian activist, didn’t back down when she came out of the closet about her friendship with the 43rd president. On her talk show, she explained that she’s able to enjoy the company of many people with opinions different from her own:
Here’s the thing. I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different, and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay….
Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not gonna be friends with them. When I say, “Be kind to one another,” I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. It doesn’t matter.
That made Ruffalo angry. And you won’t like him when he’s angry.
In a tweet, Ruffalo wrote:
Sorry, until George W. Bush is brought to justice for the crimes of the Iraq War, (including American-lead torture, Iraqi deaths & displacement, and the deep scars—emotional & otherwise—inflicted on our military that served his folly), we can’t even begin to talk about kindness.
Commenting on Ruffalo and his tweet, Project 21 member Melanie Collette calls the radical actor a personification of what’s wrong with current political discourse:
Actor Mark Ruffalo’s inability to see how people can disagree politically and still be friends represents a sad, elitist segment of our country.
Ruffalo’s antagonistic attitude toward Ellen’s message of kindness is exactly what’s wrong with today’s political climate.
Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington also criticizes Ruffalo’s elitism:
Mark Ruffalo is a part of the outrage mob that currently punishes any person daring to think for themselves or step outside the acceptable thought bubble. Ruffalo thinks because he is an actor his opinions are of the utmost importance. How droll!
Ruffalo, by the way, was responding to a tweet by Vanity Fair magazine, which was promoting an essay calling acceptance of Bush “incompatible with reality” and criticizing DeGeneres for promoting a “simulated apolitical utopia.”
Rough stuff! But not unexpected from a radicalized entertainment media.
Two wrongs never make a right. And when it comes to Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, a member of the far-left “Squad” in the U.S. House of Representatives, wrongs were recently plentiful.
In July, Tlaib introduced legislation to prohibit public housing security infrastructure from employing facial and biometric recognition technology. It would also require the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to essentially prove the negative, that the technology isn’t harming those living in federally subsidized communities. The next month Tlaib doubled-down when she challenged the Detroit Police Department (DPD) – which helps protect the 13th Congressional District of Michigan which she represents – to “rethink… this whole facial recognition bulls—t.”
This prompted an invitation from the DPD for Tlaib to take a tour and see the technology in use. On that tour, Tlaib confronted DPD Chief James Craig with a racially-charged proposition. It was an offer Craig could easily refuse. She said: “Analysts need to be African-Americans, not people that are not. It’s true, I think non-African-Americans think African-Americans all look the same!”
Craig responded, “I trust people who are trained, regardless of race, regardless of gender.” Tlaib countered, suggesting there was a 60 percent “error rate among African-Americans, especially women.” Craig replied, “I understand the technology real well.” Tlaib held her ground, demanding: “See if you can get some of our money back until they fix it.” Craig curtly responded: “No.”
Tlaib’s one piece of evidence about black people allegedly looking alike to white people is that her congressional colleagues Elijah Cummings and John Lewis are often mistaken for each other. It’s something CNN has done, yet something even Lewis has simply joked about rather than making it an issue to hamstring law enforcement efforts.
Confronted by a reporter about racial recognition being a bigger problem, Tlaib responded: “I think there’s actually been studies out that it’s hard for, you know, like African-Americans would identify African-Americans, similar, Latino same thing.” While not citing any such studies or responding about whether black analysts could differentiate white people, she said “look it up” before walking away from the reporter.
Craig called what Tlaib said “insulting.” He added: “If I made a similar statement, people would be calling for my resignation – right now. We know that. So is it a double-standard? That’s the number-one question I have.” And Craig is black.
Project 21 member Marie Fischer definitely thinks there’s a rush to play the race card in this and other politically and racially sensitive situations. It’s why Tlaib and others like her who want to polarize such issues need to be “Raising the Barr.”
In an interview with OneNewsNow, Marie said:
The left seems to have a get-out-of-jail card. They’re the ones that are pushing this racist narrative. They are the ones pushing that everybody’s-a-racist agenda. And basically it’s not everyone’s a racist; it’s anyone who disagrees with them.
She told OneNewsNow correspondent Chad Groening that constant allegations of racism threaten to cause the term to lose its seriousness and possibly lead to it failing to raise interest should there actually be a problem in the future. She added:
I have a friend; he’s a political analyst. This guy is like a 6-foot, 2-inch black man, and he says he’s been flat-out called a racist – a Nazi – just because he’s a conservative.
So it’s not a racist agenda on any part. They just do not want to hear anybody that sounds different than they do. They just want to shut down the narrative.
To read the entire OneNewsNow article, click here.
MSNBC host Joy Reid recently warned a group of teachers that she believed “wealthy, white Christian men” are willing to create something akin to the apartheid regime of the former South African government to stop a “numerical majority” of Americans from winning in a “simple election.”
This stoking of racial fears to attack both the Electoral College and Americans of religious faith is being criticized by members of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network. They suggest the media personality take a civics class. And also that Reid not use her celebrity status to enlist educators in her divisiveness. In short, Reid needs to be “Raising the Barr.”
Reid’s comments were made during a panel discussion about “Civic Participation in an Age of Democratic Peril” at the “In Defense of American Democracy” conference organized by the American Federation of Teachers, Shanker Institute and Onward Together. Other notable speakers at the event were former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Senator Ron Wyden and former attorney general Eric Holder – all of whom have not addressed Reid’s incendiary comments.
Saying that “multiracial democracy is so fragile,” Reid claimed there is “a very determined minority, in this case wealthy, white Christian men and Christian Americans who are of the fundamentalist variety” who want to “maintain power forever” and will do so even “if they have to pull the South Africa model.” She added that “Donald Trump is merely an avatar for this.”
Reid called for “just a simple election” to “actually have majority rule in this country.”
Constitutional experts note that the Electoral College protects against a “tyranny of the majority” in which elections could effectively be determined by just a few densely-populated areas rather than through broad national support.
This is at least the second time Reid has suggested the existence of apartheid in America. In July, in response to allegations about the detention of an illegal immigrant, Reid tweeted: “This is apartheid.”
Commenting on Reid’s historical histrionics, Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington says:
The use of the word apartheid has no place in American political discourse. It is insulting and demeaning to the millions of Americans who simply disagree with leftist political ideology. Joy Reid uses the term to deflect from the millions of women, Jews, Hispanics and blacks who support President Trump.
Reid is wrong on so many things it’s no surprise she doesn’t understand our form of government, which is a republic. We do not have, nor have we ever had, the mob rule of a simple democracy.
However, Reid is correct that our form of government is a fragile one – dependent upon a moral upright and well-educated electorate. Her contribution in this speech to the malignant campaign of misinformation echoes the garbage that she so regularly issues on her television program.
Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of making speeches, Reid enrolled in a civics class?
Discussing how Reid’s comments actually hurt racial harmony, Project 21 member Richard Holt adds:
Dishonesty is a common tool for a leftist regime determined to prevent us from evolving into a colorless society. Its insistence in continuing this charade would be comical if its reach wasn’t so deep and its effects so dangerous.
Joy Reid talks about these boogeyman “white Christian men” as if they conspire in the darkest corners of our society and are working tirelessly to divide us. But we all know white Christian men don’t act like liberals! And they don’t need to divide us – the left is already doing that very effectively.
Reid’s unsubstantiated mistruths do a disservice to a nation that entrusts the fourth estate of journalism to behold the truths of the world and ensure an educated populace. But, like many pathetic liberals, she resorts to inventing conspiracies by white elites who are trying to oppress us. Well I just so happen to know these elites, and I can assure you they are far better company than she could ever be.
Project 21 member Donna Jackson notes that this behavior is unfortunately common for Reid:
Let’s first acknowledge that we have racist, bigoted minorities on the left in America whose goal is to create fear in exchange for power. Joy Reid is one of them.
Reid’s statement now, like Vice President Joe Biden’s 2012 assertion to a black audience that conservatives would “put you all back in chains,’’ is just another tactic to intimidate and manipulate people into supporting the liberal agenda.
And it’s clear Reid has never been afraid to express her disdain and hatred for white Americans. In a 2017 podcast interview, she suggested liberals give up on white people once and for all and focus on only minorities.
We’ve seen a lot of good things from current conservative policies – including black unemployment at a record low and black-owned businesses being launched at a healthy rate. Of course, there is much more to be done. We need solutions, not scapegoats. Joy Reid’s targeting of white Christian males will accomplish absolutely nothing.
When it came to her television show and its promotion of homosexual lifestyles, actress Debra Messing of the now-cancelled (for the second time) “Will and Grace” celebrated her “opportunity” to be “normalizing” the LGBT community.
After all, homosexuals were once classified as mentally ill by the American Psychiatric Association. While Messing obviously disagrees with that diagnosis, she still approves of using mental illness as a label to vilify those who have different political views than her own.
Pastor Michael Jordan of the New Era Baptist Church near Birmingham, Alabama recently put up a message on his church’s street sign that read, “A black vote for Trump is mental illness.” Instead of being shocked at such an broad accusation, Messing retweeted an article about the act that said “THANK YOU.”
A recent Zogby Poll found that President Donald Trump has 28% approval among black voters. Over 15 million blacks voted in the 2016 election. Using 2016’s numbers and 2019’s polling, does Messing really think it’s alright to label possibly 4,200,000 black Americans as mentally ill?
In her heart, she must not. She deleted the tweet from her Twitter feed. But she has not apologized for endorsing such a crass accusation. And apologies are not uncharacteristic of her. She apologized earlier this year – on International Women’s Day – for liking female anatomy-themed baked goods that offended transsexual activists who believe gender is merely a social construct.
Members of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network – recognizing that Jordan’s universal and unkind accusation should be reviled in the same manner Hollywood shunned actress Roseanne Barr for her 2018 accusations against Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett – see this as a reason for “Raising the Barr.” Deleting her tweet is not enough; Debra Messing needs to formally apologize for her shameful behavior of endorsing the marginalization of millions of black Americans.
As an organization, Project 21 does not support, endorse or otherwise seek to advance the campaigns of any political candidates or parties. But, as conservatives, Project 21 members cannot ignore the problems inherent in focusing on aspects such as race as a means of tearing people down for their political views. Because of their outspoken nature, Project 21 members are frequently the targets of similar harsh criticism.
As Project 21 member Nadra Enzi explains:
You can’t accuse the political preference of one group of black people as being a sign of mental illness without betraying a painfully limited expectation of black intellect generally.
A mental plantation isn’t an upgrade over a physical one. In fact, it’s infinitely harder to escape.
Noting the pastor is not free from blame in this incident, Project 21 member Emery McClendon adds:
It’s really perplexing that a Baptist church would post a sign calling black folk mentally ill for supporting President Trump. It’s even worse that a celebrity like Debra Messing would tell her large Twitter following that she thanks the church for what it did. Is she thanking the pastor for calling blacks crazy, or is she expressing her opinion that blacks who think for themselves are mentally unstable?
Why would they make such a judgement of people exercising their right to support a politician? Whatever happened to freedom of choice?
Messing took a deeply troubling position. Because of her popularity and visibility, she has influence over those who follow her. That following could also view her as anti-black or a racist because of her “thank you” comment.
This is all very disturbing. In their obviously non-professional opinions, Messing and Pastor Jordan assume free-thinking blacks are somehow mentally unstable. Blacks of all political persuasions should be upset over the message that she tweeted. Once again, we see that racism is the tool that progressives love to use to benefit themselves and divide the rest of us.
Project 21 member Donna Jackson notes that – despite Hollywood’s usual antipathy for the church – Messing embraced the pastor’s sign to advance her political agenda:
It’s safe to say that today’s celebrities have become the new ambulance chasers – scouring the Internet for anti-Trump sentiments to seize upon and champion. Debra Messing is no different in her quest to grab headlines. She has no connection to the black community, but – like most of the Hollywood elite – feels it’s her right to attach herself to black and brown faces to boost her career.
If anything, Messing should start with her own industry as a place where real change needs to occur. Hollywood has vilified Christians as being unhinged for decades. Yet now it wants to praise a Christian church that bows and serves the liberal agenda.
Noting that Messing is also demanding that potential Hollywood donors to President Trump’s campaign essentially be “doxxed” and subsequently punished by the entertainment industry, Project 21 member Derrick Hollie calls Messing and people like her “unhinged”:
Debra Messing’s tweet is another example of elite liberal privilege.
The church sign promoted hate and divisiveness along with ignorance on the part of the pastor. And it’s this type of rhetoric from liberals that fuels the passion of Trump supporters. It’s also hypocritical on the part of the pastor to promote and play with mental illness – an issue that impacts so many in the black community.
Messing’s second demand, for the names of people attending a Trump fundraiser in Beverly Hills to be made public, further shows how unhinged some liberals are and just how far they will go to destroy the lives of others who don’t agree with them. It’s a shame.
It may be regrettable that CNN personality Chris Cuomo was trolled on his personal time, but it’s outrageous that Cuomo would try to compare being called “Fredo” to a black person being called the n-word. And it is unforgivable for CNN to jump on the bandwagon to call it an “ethnic slur.”
Members of the Project 21 black leadership network think CNN should be “Raising the Barr” when it comes to the crass political maneuvers of its staff and not joining in the effort to label anything they don’t like as racist, sexist or some other unforgivable offense.
After all, both Cuomo and CNN appeared to condone the use of “Fredo” on the network in the past when it served their purposes. Cuomo even used it to describe himself.
Project 21 member Deroy Murdock, a Fox News contributor and contributing editor at National Review Online, pointed out that “Fredo” comes from a well-known movie and not the Ku Klux Klan. In his confrontation, Cuomo himself identified it to mean “weak brother” (his brother is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo). Deroy said:
Chris Cuomo is confused.
“Fredo” refers to Fredo Corleone, the weak and deceitful son in a novel and film called “The Godfather.” In other words, “Fredo” is a fictional character. Cuomo once compared himself to Fredo, by name, on air.
Meanwhile, “the n-word” is a vicious anti-black epithet and arguably the ugliest expression in the English language. CNN’s Chris Cuomo is confused, but even he should understand this distinction.
While they might have different interpretations of the term that has been defined by their views about the movie, Italian Americans interviewed by the New York Post also unanimously did not consider Fredo a slur. “Not like the n-word,” said one person. “That’s another level.”
And Cuomo obviously knows the difference between the n-word and Fredo because he’s allowed it to be used on his show without challenge. In January 2019, CNN contributor Ana Navarro referred to Donald Trump. Jr. as Fredo on Cuomo’s show while Cuomo remained expressionless. Ditto for CNN. Guest Rick Wilson called Representative Devin Nunes the Fredo of his political party while a similarly expressionless Anderson Cooper looked on in a March 2019 panel discussion.
Christopher Arps, a Project 21 member who is also a talk radio host, said this is “liberal logic” run amok:
This is America in 2019.
CNN has a white man of wealth and privilege who hails from a prominent political family. He claims he’s the victim of a very questionable slur.
This is liberal logic.
Project 21 member Rich Holt, a political consultant, said that Cuomo’s rush to define Fredo as bigoted term is emblematic of the leftist penchant for trying to portray opponents as out of the mainstream. He remarked:
This is just another example of the prevailing attitude among liberals that any kind of criticism of any kind is an overt act of bigotry and racism. The entire purpose of CNN these days seems to be the promotion of the worldview of liberalism – which is a political theory based on victimhood and division.
Cuomo, like other little brothers we are familiar with, obviously lacks the intellect to truly be great in America. That’s why he has to settle for being little more than a propagandist.
That being said, Rich suggested that conservatives take the high road to keep these accusations from being able to be made in the first place:
But critics of the toxic divisive culture of liberalism should rise higher than petty name-calling. As conservatives, we need to set the example of what it is to be an American. We should focus on being honest, guided by our faith and inspired by a true desire to be just.
People like Cuomo are temporary, but our values are eternal. Let’s set an example for others to follow.
Rainn Wilson is channeling his inner Ilhan Omar.
In taking aim at our Second Amendment freedom against government infringement on the right to keep and bear arms, the actor best known for playing Assistant to the Regional Manager Dwight Schrute on “The Office” tweeted to the 4.4 million people following him on social media that “angry white men with guns” are the biggest threat to the United States. And he managed to lump in some crazy interpretation of Christianity as well.
This appears to one-up Representative Omar, who only said that people “should be more fearful of white men” – suggesting that they were more deadly than Islamic terrorists.
Wilson’s full-bore attack on his own race, gender and gun rights is being criticized by the members of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network. They call him “misguided,” and call his actions “moral grandstanding” and “fake rage.” They also take offense to his bigotry in treating white men in an abusive manner like Hollywood has done for other racial groups – showing they have not yet learned not to hate.
Like Roseanne Barr, Project 21 members feel Rainn Wilson has crossed a line. The entertainment industry should be “Raising the Barr” to keep those representing it from making them look silly, out of the mainstream and just plain hateful.
Wilson’s series of tweets – sent out after the horrible shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas – began with: “When are we all going to admit that the biggest threat to Americans, terrorist or not, is ANGRY, WHITE MEN with guns?” He added that his “heart breaks” for those affected, and how he’s “speechless.”
Well, not really. For good measure, he then threw in a biblical reference to get at those who former President Barack Obama said “cling to guns or religion.” Wilson added: “The metamorphosis of Jesus Christ from a humble servant of the abject poor to a symbol that stands for gun rights, prosperity theology, anti-science, limited government (that neglects the destitute) and fierce nationalism is truly the strangest transformation in human history.”
Project 21 member Adrian Norman says:
We have to stop looking at every situation in this country through the lens of race. Demonizing an entire group of people on the basis of their skin color for the actions committed by a single individual is not only racist, it does nothing to move us closer toward solutions.
It seems like Wilson is taking on the traits of his Dwight Schrute character, who is described by Wikipedia as someone with “a lack of social skills and common sense.” But, while Dwight was a gun aficionado, Wilson takes the Hollywood hard line against guns (unless guns are valuable to selling a project).
Wilson might actually want to have some guns in his acting jobs. Dwight, as mentioned, talked about guns on his successful series. His next job was a failed television series about a detective. Since then, he’s mainly done voiceovers and forgotten roles like the lead in “Permanent” – a movie that made only $12,847 at the box office (as a point of reference, “Avengers: Endgame” made over $1 billion).
Hollywood has hurt with its stereotypes, and Rainn Wilson’s most recent use of the broad brush is no less shocking and demeaning. This is why Project 21 member Donna Jackson thinks Wilson needs to check his elitist privilege. She says:
It’s shameful that Rainn Wilson used bigotry and hatred as a platform for publicity and self-promotion.
Hollywood elites have been largely responsible for creating most of the racist and sexist narratives we have today such as the angry black woman, her superpredator child and the dirty Mexican. And now, some in Hollywood are adding the angry white male to the list.
As a victim of these stereotypes, I – like countless other black women – have had to fight against them both in the workplace and in our private lives. To suggest that all white male gun owners are terrorists is very disingenuous and only creates a dangerously divisive and hostile environment.
Actors like Rainn Wilson who pretend to fight against bigotry while creating it, as he has, don’t help our great country.
While there should be concern about the shootings in Dayton and El Paso, Project 21 member Derryck Green wonders where Wilson’s concern is for the other cities with chronic problems involving unacceptably high violence that do not receive the national headlines or celebrity tweets:
Noted theologian and sociologist Rainn Wilson offered his unsolicited opinion regarding what he believes caused the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. One of his conclusions is “angry white men with guns.”
Does Wilson apply that same logic to places like Chicago? This past weekend, Chicago witnessed its deadliest weekend of 2019 thus far. According to the New York Times, 52 people were shot and 7 were killed between Friday and Sunday evenings. Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago – one of the five trauma centers there – was so overwhelmed that it was forced to refuse patients and divert them to other trauma centers across the city.
According to the Chicago Tribune, there have been at least 300 homicides and 1,600 people have been shot so far this year in Chicago.
Is this the result of (in all caps, like Wilson’s original tweet) ANGRY, BLACK MEN with guns? If not, why not? Why doesn’t his heart break for Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Oakland, Philadelphia or Memphis?
“Dwight” isn’t concerned with much more than moral grandstanding and venting fake rage. It’s what happens when actors go off script.
And then there are Wilson’s religious references. Project 21 member Melanie Collette finds Wilson very off-target on his interpretation of Jesus. She explains:
There’s so much to unpack in Rainn Wilson’s misguided comments.
First, we have the undeniable racism in the statement that “angry white men with guns” are the biggest threat to America. But,worse than this, Mr. Wilson presents Jesus as a weak caricature of who He was.
Rather than a display of “fierce nationalism,” the Bible is clear about the pivotal role the census played in the expectation of a Messiah. Further, Jesus was no weakling when it came to preaching about the government’s limited role in our lives as our allegiance is to God. Finally, Jesus made clear that it was the church, not the government, that was to care materially and spiritually for the poor.
Mr. Wilson has managed to demonize the white man, make people of color appear to be victims and weaken the character of Jesus – all in one astonishing tweet.
Rob Reiner hates hate.
He says he is so opposed to discrimination on the part of President Donald Trump that, in his opinion, anyone who supports the President is either a racist or a racist enabler. It’s a categorical judgement on the actor/director’s part.
And that, by definition, is discrimination. Hmmmmm.
Reiner definitively tweeted: “The President of the United States is a racist.” Furthermore: “If you support him, there can be no distinction between you being a racist and a racist enabler. They are the same.”
But members of Project 21, the National Center’s black leadership organization, beg to differ with the man who seems to have gained his knowledge of the presidency solely from directing the fantasy movie “The American President” and acting in “Primary Colors.”
After all, the Project 21 members are black and support President Trump.
Last year, when Roseanne Barr made uncalled-for accusations about Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett, Reiner called her comments “not acceptable in 2018.” Has there been a change in the rules that make Reiner’s blanket accusations of the most harmful kind these days – that someone is steeped in racism – acceptable this year? Perhaps we should be “Raising the Barr” and holding him to at least the same expectations.
Project 21 member Emery McClendon, a Tea Party organizer, says:
It’s strange that Rob Reiner says that those who support President Trump are racist. He seems to have placed every Trump supporter into one basket with his comments. After all, he did say there “can be no distinction” between President Trump and those who support him.
That’s very odd since many Americans who are black support President Trump. I happen to be black, and I don’t find the President to be a racist at all. I think he has gone out of his way since his Inauguration to improve race relations in America.
Contrary to Reiner’s remarks, there is a distinction between a person making factual political statements and spewing racial hatred. The President’s remarks about Baltimore and “The Squad” – the likely reasons for Reiner’s tweet – were rooted in criticism of failed liberal policies. Simply because some of these failures have come from those who serve in predominantly minority districts or from those who are minorities themselves doesn’t make the pointing out of these failures racial attacks.
Liberals love to use racism to their advantage as a political tool. Once again, Rob Reiner reinforces that point.
Project 21 member Richard Holt adds:
Rob Reiner’s list of hit movies includes nearly all-white casts, and yet he’s got the nerve to call us racist.
It takes a unique blend of cognitive dissonance and wild hypocrisy to live a code of marginalizing blackness with powerful absences from his movies and then to call people who support Trump a racist! Hollywood racism has had a deeply scarring impact on minorities who continue to be marginalized. Black actors aren’t being considered for key roles, and yet – if they support a Republican – they’re the racists.
Reiner and the Hollywood vultures have profited by exploiting black people and promoting horrific stereotypes of black people. The fact is that the liberal Hollywood elite doesn’t promote art for the glorification of our culture but for social conditioning that encourages vice, racism and a destruction of the value of the individual.
But wait, there’s more! There’s another wrinkle to the notion that black Trump supporters can be smeared with the accusation of racism. Project 21 members may have a liberal icon on their side.
Well, probably not really. She’s probably just confused. Hollywood can do that to people.
Joy Behar, one of the co-hosts of “The View” and another huge critic of the President, must think Reiner is outrageous and stupid for his advocacy of blanket discrimination against Trump supporters.
On her show, she said “[i]t’s outrageous and stupid to call a black person a racist.” Her observation concerned the President tweeting that Representative Elijah Cummings, the Baltimore politician whose district the President originally criticized, is a racist. “[I]t’s hard to be a racist,” she claimed, “when you are a victim of racism.”
Or, in the case of black supporters of President Trump, victims of the blanket discrimination of Rob Reiner.
Commenting on this potential brewing schism among the liberal Hollywood elite, Project 21 member Greg Parker remarks:
Rob “Meathead” Reiner says all Trump supporters are racist. Joy Behar states that blacks cannot be racist.
With the unprecedented support Trump enjoys among black Americans, how does the regressive left reconcile these contradictions? Let me guess – they will call black Trump supporters “Uncle Toms” or race traitors. This will show they are the true racists.
The Rose has started to stink.
Bette Midler – a star of stage, screen and the recording industry, greatly honored by tolerant society for her acting and singing – was hardly divine when she recently suggested black conservatives and other blacks who support President Donald Trump are essentially selling themselves into indentured servitude.
In a recent tweet, she posted a photo of black Trump supporters at a rally and asked how much they were paid to be in the “blackground.”
Project 21 members are calling this “incredibly patronizing” and racist.
Clearly, the people on the coasts have a particular need for “Raising the Barr” regarding whom they associate with – holding their liberal friends to the same standards they did for Roseanne Barr when she crossed the line last year when she insulted Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett.
Midler, a frequent critic of the President, has said he “deserves to be held down and his hair cut off, or strapped to the roof of the car!” She’s joked about wanting him to be stabbed by his staff. She’s tweeted old topless modeling photos of First Lady Melania Trump with catty remarks while urging Twitter to ban the President from social media. And she’s had to apologize for spreading false rumors about President Trump’s feelings toward his political party.
But her recent race-mongering tweet is much worse, and something for which she must apologize. And it’s something that Twitter really should consider as reason to curtail her use of social media.
Midler’s whole tweet read: “Look, there are African American men in this shot! How much did he pay them to be ‘blackground’?” While she portrays herself as a keen observer of the President’s activities, it’s surprising she hasn’t seen those men in the past. They are part of a group called Blacks for Trump, and they are genuine. Members of this group have attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) over the past few years and are quite well known. They are often seen cheering with enthusiasm at Trump rallies.
But Midler seems to be one of those people who assumes, like Representative Ayanna Pressley, that people of color must read off the same page in order to be authentic. That’s just plain wrong, and members of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network are calling Bette Midler out and asking everyone else to join them in doing so.
Project 21 member Adrian Norman remarks:
It’s incredibly patronizing that people like Bette Midler don’t think black people are capable of thinking for ourselves.
Her “white savior” complex is no less racist than people who wear white hoods. We don’t need approval from white liberal overseers to judge if we’re acting in our own self-interest.
And Project 21 member Stone Washington says:
Liberal entertainer Bette Midler has gone over the deep end with her racist tweet insulting President Trump and his loyal black supporters.
Her incredibly insensitive comment is proof that many on the left feel they are privileged to say whatever they want and not be subject to the same harsh scrutiny as conservatives like Roseanne Barr.
Thankfully, Midler’s uncivil racism will not receive a pass simply because her tweet is anti-Trump. She should educate herself about President Trump’s base, which faces a growing number of black activists who are excited about their record-low unemployment and 3.3% wage increase.
Also, in interview with Fox News reporter Brian Flood, Project 21 member Deroy Murdock – who is also a contributor to the news network – added:
How dare Midler dismiss these grown black men as props for hire, rather than sapient citizens who support the candidate of their choice.
And why shouldn’t they? Thanks to the Trump/GOP tax cuts, black unemployment is near record lows, and average real wages for blacks are up 3.3% over the last 12 months, the Dallas Federal Reserve reports. Also, President Trump’s criminal justice reform disproportionately benefits blacks.