natenhagen said: Thanks for calling a lie a lie. People should be held accountable for what they are saying and the messages they are putting out into the world. Just curious, do you reject the premise that men need rights? If not, have you come across any sources that do qualify as legitimate? I think it would be a show of humility to not just call out injustice - but to encourage what path is responsible and mature. Cheers, Nate
That’s a great point! Here is a list of things that would immeasurably help men everywhere (and that straight white men’s rights activists have no interest in actually addressing):
- Ending the war on drugs
- Abolishing private prisons
- Police reform
- Immigration reform
- Universal basic income
- Reducing socioeconomic inequality
- Repairing broken education systems
- Improving support for men who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence
- Improving healthcare infrastructure to seriously address suicide and mental illness
- Confronting the toxic masculinity that drives men to harm themselves and others
- Ending neoliberal economic and anti-labor policies
- Ending neoconservative military policies
- Reparations for white supremacy
While I agree with some things on this list (and have fought for them extensively) it mostly just reads like a social justice backdoor to Co opt valid men’s issues.
"Reparations" not being one of them.
Universal Basic Income
AKA Give people money for doing nothing
Yeah, I’m not THAT liberal.
Oh no, I think opposing policies that reduce human suffering and increase opportunity and equality simply because it contradicts the neoliberal worldview is a remarkably liberal quality.
But hey! Trickle down will eventually help the middle class and working class. We just need a few more decades!
Rapper and self-declared genius Kanye West is known for putting his foot in his mouth. Remember 'George Bush doesn't care about black people’? And ‘Taylor, Imma let you finish…’? Those - and his other bone headed moments - don’t compare to Kanye’s latest gaffe: demanding that a fan in a wheelchair ‘stand up’.
We couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried.
Because he’s “the No. 1 living and breathing rock star”, Kanye needed every fan at his Australian concert to be on their feet, praising his name and showing respect for his obvious genius. When he noticed that two fans didn’t comply with his demands, he called them out.
"I can’t do this show until everybody stand up. Unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and s**t."
Kanye let one a fan with a prosthetic leg off the hook because she waved her leg in the air (like she just didn’t care?) to prove that she wasn’t being disobedient.
When he saw that yet another minion failed to follow orders, Kanye stopped the show and barked “This is the longest I’ve had to wait to do a song, it’s unbelievable.”
The crowd tried to let The Great Kanye know the fan was in a wheelchair and couldn’t stand but, Kanye being Kanye, needed to verify this for himself and sent a bodyguard to confirm that the fan was actually unable to stand.
Kanye has his defenders. They say he was just trying to get the crowd into the show. To them we say: people get up and dance when the performance warrants it. Fans shouldn’t have to be commanded to show their excitement…they should do it willingly.
More importantly: it is never, ever, ever okay to single out someone’s differences, especially in a crowd.
When he made the Bush comment, Kanye thought he was saying something deep and meaningful, but he just didn’t have the words (besides…it’s not like he was wrong). When he interrupted Taylor Swift, he thought he was showing respect to the Queen of the Glittery Onsies: Beyonce. The individuals under attack may have been insulted and a large part of the population may have been annoyed (even slightly amused), but no one was hurt.
But with this recent gaffe Kanye put all eyes on a wheelchair user - and not in a good way. He made a spectacle of himself and infuriated disability advocates across the world.
Any sane person would have stopped with the ‘prove you are disabled’ routine after the first fan showed off their prosthetic limb. But not Kanye - no, he had to keep it going. Watch the video and see for yourself: it’s awkward, it’s rude and it’s downright humiliating.
We won’t even mention that he used the word ‘handicap’ - a term that has been out of vogue for some time now.
President Obama called Kanye a jackass - twice. And now we’re naming him Asshole of the Day. It’s been a long time coming.