by: the Common Constitutionalist
Hollywood does a lot these days to drive America’s liberal social narrative. They are normally at the forefront of every wacky feel-good leftist cause. Leonardo DiCaprio took the little time allotted for his first Oscar acceptance speech to preach his global warming nonsense.
DiCaprio said: “Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow.” He added: “Climate change is real, it is happening right now.”
Well Leo, you neglected to add that most of the movie was filmed in Canada during the winter when there was plenty of snow. But production delays pushed some of the shooting into July. That would be the middle of the summer, when historically there is NO SNOW! So I agree – climate change is real. It really changes from winter to summer every year.
Still, no one makes a fuss over his inane comments. No one argues that he should not be able to make such statements, regardless of their intelligence.
The same goes for another Hollywood intellectual lightweight – Eva Longoria, in her support for the Latino community. She insisted that everyone at the Oscars make a statement of solidarity by wearing a brown ribbon in support of Latinos. Her cause is to underscore the lack of Latinos working in films and TV.
It’s fine if folks wish to where a ribbon that clearly shows they care more than the rest of us. That way they don’t have to actually do anything, beyond exclaiming they care by wearing a ribbon. But they have every right to do so.
There’s a ribbon or sticker for virtually every “cause” under the sun. All are designed to make a statement for or against something – from deadly illnesses like cancers, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and AIDS, to social causes like racism, anti-bullying, the environment, anti-smoking and of course the ever popular rainbow ribbon and sticker promoting the LGBT lifestyle, which we now know (or better) is not just an alternative, but is superior to merely being straight.
The wearers of these liberal-cause ribbons or stickers are never to be questioned. And why should they? This is America and as such, gives them the right to don anything they like without having to justify it to anyone. At least that’s the way it is supposed to work.
However, this is the new America, where one can only favor certain causes and display only leftist propaganda. But what happens when a group decides to stand up for conservative or religious beliefs – decides to display a sticker espousing a different viewpoint?
In today’s America you would expect outrage from the left –which is exactly what happened at a California high school recently. Some students at the Shadow Hills High School in Indio, California have begun placing anti-homosexual stickers on their school badges. The sticker is a circle colored in with the LGBT rainbow. Then a red circle is drawn around the perimeter with a red line across the rainbow. This apparently represents some student’s displeasure with the constant drumbeat of LGBT propaganda. Some students describe the sticker as hate speech while others likened it to a swastika.
Now if this were just a rainbow sticker promoting the homosexual lifestyle, no one would question it. To do so would make you target. But these anti-homosexual stickers have caused such fury that school administrators felt a need to seek legal counsel.
Now, I have no doubt they sought counsel to give the school authority to force the kids to remove the “offensive” stickers. Unfortunately they found that even in California, free speech still means something – sort of.
The school released a statement saying: “After consulting with district level personnel and our legal counsel, it was determined that these students do have the protected right to freedom of speech, just as students portraying rainbows in support of the LGBT would.”
Can you imagine the consternation of public school officials having to draft such a statement? I would have liked to have been a fly on that wall – witnessing the cursing and gnashing of teeth – probably wishing they could just expel these bible-thumpers.
Yet still, they gave themselves an out. The statement added that, “We all have a right to freedom of speech, but students also have a right to be educated without fear. This has always been our policy, and we will continue to enforce it.”
School District superintendent Gary Rutherford then added: “Pending further investigation, we are going to ask students who are displaying the symbol showing a rainbow pattern with a circle and a line, at least for now, to remove symbols while at school.” And by “for now,” he means permanently, because this is what the left does.
There is of course nothing to investigate. Liberals simply can’t handle a dissenting viewpoint. One way or another, these kids were going to be stripped of their rights. This is the new America.