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SO WOKE, SO BROKE: Predictably, The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power Executive Producer Calls Critics Racists.

Executive producer Lindsey Weber predictably decided to attack The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien fans as racists.

Weber made it abundantly clear the production and show would be eschewing Tolkien’s work when she told Vanity Fair in February, “It felt only natural to us that an adaptation of Tolkien’s work would reflect what the world actually looks like.”

“Tolkien is for everyone,” she added. “His stories are about his fictional races doing their best work when they leave the isolation of their own cultures and come together.

Months after making it extremely clear that the show would not be following Tolkien’s works, Weber is now accusing critics of racism.

From everything I’ve seen and read, the woke casting is the least of the show’s many troubles. After watching the trailer — and trying to forget the painful promotional clips and photos — if you asked me what the show was about, the best answer I could give would be, “People run places.”

Amazon reportedly spent nearly half a billion dollars just getting the first season produced. The plan is for five seasons, and the first cost nearly $60 million per episode.

On top of production costs, Amazon paid an “insane” $250 million just for the rights to Tolkien’s lesser-known Middle Earth appendices, but have strayed so far from the source material that it’s a stretch to put “Lord of the Rings” in the title.

Considering that the producers are already at war with the Tolkien fans — whose word-of-mouth could break the show — The Rings of Power looks like it might end up the most expensive flop in history.

“DARK BRANDON” MAY BE ON LIFE SUPPORT, POLITICALLY. Stelter: Hey, Hunter Biden is “not just a right-wing media story” any more, you know.

Why was it only a “right-wing media story” in 2020? Because mainstream media ran interference for Joe Biden in 2020. Why is it a legit story now? Because mainstream media now wants to jettison Biden in order to salvage the standing of other Democrats.

In the meantime, the actual facts of the story haven’t changed at all. The laptop data is the same, the testimonies of others around have remained the same, and so on. The only additions have come because the New York Post and other “right-wing” media outlets kept investigating and reporting on the story while the “mainstream” media and Big Tech platforms kept calling it “Russian disinformation.”

It’s narrative journalism at its worst … in both directions.

Joe Concha ripped Stelter and the media bias on display on Fox News. He also brings the receipts on Stelter’s hypocrisy:

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“Now that he has a new boss,” Concha says about Stelter, “I guess he’s trying to keep his job by actually doing his job.” That gives Stelter too much credit here. He’s trying to keep his job by helping Democrats push the Bidens to the sidelines.  Although, according to Puck News, the layoffs may be a-comin’ at CNN soon. Stay tuned … or not.

And possibly not just CNN: As David Zaslav Goes Straight Savage Cutting and Cancelling Everything #Woke at Warner Discovery, SJWs Start Shrieking About MuhFakeJobs.

Rumors are flying that Zaslav is going to end, mostly, DC’s monthly comic business, and either start publishing just the occasional graphic novel, or perhaps license out their eight or ten actually-valuable characters to some other company. The result will be a lot less work for the people who killed the American comic book industry.

And they’re screaming. They think that calling Zaslav a racist will work.

Here’s one of DC’s more obnoxious SJWs attempting the “I’ll call my boss a racist to keep him from firing me” card.

Not this time.

The Warner empire went woke — Zaslav is now in cleanup mode to prevent it from going broke.

ROGER SIMON: Who Is to Blame If Nashville Doesn’t Get the 2024 Republican Convention It so Richly Deserves?

The two finalists in the competition for the 2024 Presidential Convention are Nashville, Tennessee, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

As of July 15, 2022, Milwaukee is very much in the lead. . . . I have reason to believe that Nashville’s behavior may well not have been “forthright and professional,” but this’s still a huge mistake.

One of the major reasons for national political conventions is publicity for the party and its candidate by making people want to attend in person or to watch on television. Indeed, this is likely the most important reason.

No city in the United States is more prepared for this than Nashville, other than Las Vegas. Indeed, downtown Nashville has been nicknamed NashVegas for a reason. People from all over the world want to come here for the music and excitement.

And, boy, do they! Hotels are springing up faster than weeds in most people’s backyards, but these weeds are high-rises with swanky cocktail lounges on the roof and a couple of restaurants off the lobbies featuring James Beard prize chefs. Also, most of the attractions, like my favorites the Johnny Cash Museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame, are within walking distance, as are the natural convention venues the Bridgestone Arena and the Music City Center. The place is just fun. I felt that way when I moved here four years ago and still do.

As for Milwaukee, from what I understand, visitors, and perhaps the press, will have to stay an unappealing hour from the venue, making it extraordinarily inconvenient for most anyone but the VIPs. I have no comment on Milwaukee’s actual fun quotient, since I have never been there.

Now I’m not writing this as a Nashville booster or because I have a personal desire for the convention to be here. I don’t. It’s an annoyance. In my capacity as a journalist, I have been there and done that at several conventions and can attest to the hellacious traffic, impossible parking, and long lines for just about everything.

I’m writing this as a citizen who would like to see a Donald Trump—on his revenge tour—or a Gov. Ron DeSantis or whoever is nominated to get the maximum national publicity to win. In that regard, Nashville versus Milwaukee is a no-brainer. And, please, Milwaukeeans, I mean no offense.

So the question remains—assuming I’m correct, and of course, since this is my column, I do—why was such a mistake made? . . .

As another person most definitely “in a position to know” told me emphatically, it is Nashville and Tennessee officials, high and low, who are really to blame for their city losing out on some $200 million in immediate revenue, not to mention whatever accrued—possibly an incomprehensible amount—from being the epicenter of the entire globe for a full week. Only the Olympic Games are watched more worldwide by television audiences than the American Presidential Conventions. And 2024, because so much of our futures are at stake, promises to be even bigger.

Putatively, whether Nashville could have the convention was to be decided by the 40-member Metro Council, a collection of part-time politicos the majority of whom have views to the left of Trotsky. Having a Republican anywhere near them gives them hives, and the thought of admitting their convention to the city, even if it brings in hundreds of millions, is anathema.

Get woke, go broke.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Samantha Bee’s show the latest to be canceled. Took her longer than it should have though, she was never funny. But then, neither are the others: “Amazingly, the network does not appear to be doing this because of the controversial nature of the show and the crass language that is frequently featured. It’s just a business decision as ratings and advertising revenue for the late-night shows have been slumping.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: The Recruiting Crisis Has Arrived, Part One.

So the Army and Marines haven’t reached that stage of crisis yet, but it’s getting close. In response to the “really bad” recruiting crisis, the Army is losing force structure and what is known as endstrength as well. Think of it this way, force structure are the units, and endstrength is the personnel who form those units into cohesive organizations capable of performing their missions. How bad is this? Well, according to a July 19th, 2022 Military.com article, “Army officials on Tuesday said the service will fall about 10,000 soldiers short of its planned end strength for this fiscal year, and prospects for next year are grimmer. Army Gen. Joseph Martin, vice chief of staff for the Army, said it is projecting it will have a total force of 466,400 this year, down from the expected 476,000. And the service could end 2023 with between 445,000 and 452,000 soldiers, depending on how well recruiting and retention go.” . . .

Every year, the Army has the greatest recruiting burden because it is the largest service with a huge variety of requirements for personnel. It also just isn’t the Active Duty Army as the Military.com article would have you believe, but also the Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Maintaining an almost 1.1 million person Army means all three components of the Army need to recruit somewhere in the 80,000 range every year, regardless of what else happens, because there’s a substantial amount of attrition through retirements, medical retirements, ending enlistments and the Army booting people out of the service for just about every reason you can think of, and perhaps a few more to boot. And so there’s an odd competition that occurs within the Army, as all three components are recruiting from the same mass of citizenry who happen to meet the entry requirements and are willing to give Ol’ Sam a few years in uniform in exchange for a daily couple of hots and a cot, a decent salary, housing, education benefits and medical/dental insurance on the cheap. The Army also competes against the Marines, the Air Force, the Navy, the Space Force, the Coast Guard, colleges and universities, trade schools, the Little Sisters of the Poor and the League of Women Voters. Ok, those last two are exaggerations, however, the Army faces immense competition which is only getting more intense as corporations are now offering a lot of the same benefits that Uncle Sam used to provide, but without the same perks as sitting in the back of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle at NTC in August, or unloading ammo from a truck in northeastern Poland at 2330 one February evening.

The real problem is that — after the Afghanistan debacle, which everyone remembers but which respectable people aren’t supposed to talk about because it’s bad for Democrats — people know that the higher command won’t have their back, and won’t support their missions. Add to that the increasing degree of woke idiocy and bigotry aimed at the biggest cohort of enlistees and, well, why?

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: The Establishment Is Running Out of Cannon Fodder for Its Woke Military. “In fact – and this rips me up to say because I would not trade my about 27 years in the Army for anything – the reluctance to enlist of the traditional, normal Americans who are most likely to serve and who are the most desirable for service, is entirely rational. You do have an obligation to serve your country in some way, the military being the highest and best way for those who are able. But you do not have an obligation to do so if your life is going to be squandered by a leadership whose strategies are a disaster, whose priorities are not the defense of this country but some sort of bizarre pan-global progressive ideology, and who will use you as a guinea pig in freakish and morally bankrupt social experiments, all while failing to fulfill even the most basic obligations of the leaders to the led. Our military today is failing to meet its recruiting goals because it has failed to earn the trust of normal Americans who would otherwise be inclined to raise their hands.”

And Afghanistan. It’s not discussed in polite society,* but the Afghanistan debacle has done — and is still doing — catastrophic damage in all sorts of places.

*Because it would make Democrats look bad.

P.S.: This is from Kurt Schlichter, who has a book coming out.

DON SURBER: Kellogg goes woke, gets broken up. “Elitists want us to live in Bizarro World, which I wrote about yesterday. Grown-ups are starting to say no. And Kellogg’s is spinning off Froot Loops and the rest to keep the company solvent.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Disney Groomers Get Wrecked: Lightyear Projected to Have Terrible Opening.

Unlike the three other highly anticipated franchises to debut since May — “Doctor Strange” (Disney), “Top Gun: Maverick” (Paramount), and “Jurassic World: Dominion”(Universal) — Pixar’s “Lightyear” (Disney) will be the only one to open under $100 million. Projections are around $75 million, which might be a generous assessment.

How long will it take for Disney to get tired of plummeting stocks and lost revenue? Will they continue to put the LGBTQWTF cult agenda ahead of the bottom line? If history holds, they will continue on this self-destructing path just to send the right virtue signal to an audience that cannot keep Disney in business. That’s what you get when corporations get overtaken by social justice warriors. The message is more important than keeping the doors open or the shareholders happy. They literally don’t care if 90% of you hate it; they’re going to push it on you in spite of that and enjoy doing it.

My favorite review of Lightyear is this one from Robbie Collin of the Daily Telegraph. “The problem with Pixar’s latest feature isn’t just that it’s the animation house’s dullest, dreariest, most spiritually empty to date. It’s that it fails even on its own painstakingly contrived open-goal terms.”

Why is it “spiritually empty?” Because the values behind it: far-leftism, critical race theory, and LGBTQ+ cult programming are all philosophies that are not rooted in truth but in deception. And the audience feels it whether they know why or not. Woke culture is a spiritual vacuum. It is a religion without any moral code other than forced compliance and punishments for those who disagree. There is nothing true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy within it. There is nothing but darkness, fear, force, anger, resentment, and envy inside those philosophies. You will comply or you will regret it, is not the winning message they think it is.

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GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Gov. Ron DeSantis to Veto $35 Million Tampa Bay Rays Facility Amid Polarization of Shootings. “DeSantis is giving a voice to the people who do not want their sports and children’s companies on the front lines of the cultural divide. Florida residents had called for DeSantis to veto the spending anyway, saying that Floridians’ tax dollars should not help fund a facility for a professional sports team.”

UPDATE: The Governing Style of Ron DeSantis: Create the Public Polling Results, Don’t Follow Them.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: New York loses $19.5 billion in population exodus, IRS confirms. “Wirepoints, in its analysis, noted New York suffered the worst net loss of income of any state, with the $19.5 billion representing a 2.5 percent decline in adjusted gross income. The independent nonprofit research firm said New York lost $1 trillion in income through population losses since the beginning of the century.”

ROGER KIMBALL: Woke is truly going broke.

The Chinese have come up with one of the most penetrating epithets to describe this sickness. In 2010, some clever Chinese coined the term baizuo, which literally means “white left” but really means “sanctimonious liberal dysphoria.” It’s a menu-driven pathology in which, in the words of the political scientist Chenchen Zhang, “hypocritical humanitarians… advocate political correctness just to satisfy their own sense of moral superiority.” A rancid pity is the motor of this enterprise — pity, and an unearned sense of forever unexpiated guilt. “Culpability suits us,” the French philosopher Pascal Bruckner observes, “it provides an alibi for our abdication.”

It’s not all bad news, however. What Elon Musk memorably described as the “mind virus” of wokeness is undeniably a potent and widespread pathogen. But reality counts for something, both the psychological reality that requires periodic respite from fanaticism and the economic reality that, increasingly, collides with the somnolent wokeness of nonstop racial obsessiveness.

The cultural landscape is full of husks — the dead and empty husks of hectoring racialism that, just yesterday, embarrassed the self-appointed commissars of culture but now embarrasses only itself. The streaming service Netflix is one of the latest casualties of the get-woke-go-broke dialectic. Serving up a smorgasbord of politically correct entertainments like Dear White People, it has seen its viewers, and its stock price, disappear.

On the other hand, with its back against the wall, Netflix may have grown a pair: Ricky Gervais Crosses the Line?

First it was Bill Maher, as noted here, thumbing his nose at the wokerati on the issue of transgenderism in his most recent HBO show.

Now it is Ricky Gervais’s turn. He has a new comedy special coming out soon on Netflix, and move over Dave Chappelle! Take in this one-minute excerpt (STRONG language warning, but this has news value):

Notice that the audience loves it. Interesting that the show is called “SuperNature.” Probably just a coincidence.

Recently Netflix sent out a memo to employees whose subtext was clear: if you’re a wokester, you should consider finding employment elsewhere. I wonder if this was sent out anticipating an internal backlash from Netflix employees, as happened with the last Chappelle special. I wonder if there will be a Netflix employee protest outside company HQ?

Keep in mind that Gervais is in every other way a leftist. So when you’re losing Gervais, Maher, etc. . .

So what happens next with Netflix and the streaming industry in general? As Rob Long writes: It’s Going to Be a Messy Year.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Guess Which Theme Parks Are Conspicuously Missing From USA Today’s Top 10 List?

But could the complete lack of a presence on this year’s top 10 list mean that theme park visitors are turning their backs on Disney?

Over at Disney Dining, Becky Burkett points out that “a culture war has been taking place between Disney and Gov. DeSantis, leading many to ‘take sides,’ and while many have sided with Disney, many have taken a side against Disney.”

“While there’s no way to know whether these events have any bearing on the USA Today list, the absence of a Disney-owned theme park is, to put it lightly, noticeable,” she adds.

There’s been plenty of talk about boycotting Disney. Consumers have canceled subscriptions to Disney+ and avoided other Disney products. Even hardcore Disney-fan families like mine have talked about taking some time off before visiting the resorts again. So a backlash against TWDC could be at play.

Funny that:

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Dang: Disney’s favorability rating has cratered from 77% to 33% since last year.

UPDATE: Further thoughts from Ace of Spades: “The article points out that when a movie keeps failing to hit the day-by-day projections it should hit, based on the numbers it did the day before, that means that bad word-of-mouth is crippling it. Each day’s numbers are worse than you’d predict they would be, because each day’s numbers are poisoned by bad word-of-mouth getting out. The article also notes that Disney isn’t releasing the viewership figures for the finale of Moon Knight, ‘which means it was bad.’ I haven’t seen Dr. Strange but here’s my review based on the reviews I’ve seen: It’s okay. But given how bad Marvel Phase 4 has been, Dr. Strange really needed to be genuinely good to reverse things, and it’s not. We’re a long, long way from the excitement of the first Avengers. Or even the excitement of Avengers: Age of Ultron. We’re into the ‘Well, I guess I have to see this piece of shit’ phase now.”

So much Disney product, including their uber-woke reboot of the Star Wars franchise, has felt that way in recent years.

OCEANIA HAS NEVER BEEN AT WAR WITH BIRTHING PERSONS: Democrats Have Jumped Back on the ‘Men Can Get Pregnant’ Fantasy Train.

Well, that was quick.

In the past week and a half, the radical left went from saying “men can get pregnant” to vowing to protect “a woman’s right to choose.” In an instant, radical leftist gender theory was tossed aside as quickly as the news broke that the Supreme Court appears to be on the verge of overturning Roe v. Wade.

But it didn’t last long. It turns out that the radical left is still very much beholden to the LGBT lobby, they just … kind of sort of forgot for a while. But the fantasy train is back on track, because the latest version of the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), which was defeated in a bipartisan vote on Wednesday, removed all references to women “in deference to the demands of the LGBTQ community.”

And not surprisingly, woke Corporate America is quick to join the gleichschaltung: Calvin Klein Hires ‘Pregnant Man’ for New Campaign.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: What the Hell Happened to Netflix?

Netflix was supposed to be the antidote to the bloated world of cable television. Remember back when you had those low gray boxes on your console? You’d click through hundreds of channels, spending a fraction of a second glancing at one low-budget show after another, and feel — after all that — that there was nothing on TV. Of course, there was plenty to watch, but the problem was none of it was good. So when the pandemic hit, things were very good for Netflix, just as things were good for all kinds of businesses that ask you to do nothing more than sit on your ass. But now Netflix is an expensive, swollen monster of a company that’s not very different from its competitors. Why pay $20 a month for a premium subscription when you’re not even sure if that new show you want to watch is Apple+, or Disney+, or Hulu?

How bad are things? Here’s how Netflix put it in its first quarterly earnings report for 2022: “Our revenue growth has slowed considerably as our results and forecast below show.” During the first three months of this year, 200,000 subscribers decided they’d had enough. This is the first time Netflix has lost subscribers since 2011, according to the number crunchers at Bloomberg. And it’s getting worse: Netflix predicts that another 2 million paying subscribers will bolt by the end of June. This is particularly bad in light of the company’s forecast from January that it would add 2.5 million subscribers during the first half of the year — which was considered really bad at the time, even though the company still thought it would be growing. This most recent report caused Netflix stock to crater about 25 percent in after-hours stock trading, erasing about $38 billion off its market capitalization — usually the kind of punch to the gut that’s reserved for people named Mark Zuckerberg. [Update: Netflix shares fell as much as 37 percent on Wednesday morning, erasing about $50 billion from its market capitalization. That’s the company’s biggest drop in a decade, and the lowest point since January, 2018].

Netflix blames Russia, but that doesn’t account for the gap.

As goofy as all that is, it points to another problem: Netflix spent more than $13 billion on original content last year, and people apparently aren’t watching it all that much. Yes, there have been hits, such as Squid Game and Love Is Blind, but there are also shows that are so bad and pointless — like Is It Cake?, a game show where people guess if things are real or are cakes in disguise — that as I watch them I am forced to consider that one day I will die, and I’ll look back on my life and the part of it when I yelled at the screen that no, that’s not in fact a cake. But I still have a Netflix subscription, so joke’s on me.

They need good shows. They don’t have enough of them. Why? Elon Musk has thoughts:

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Biden considers delaying Title 42 repeal.

The White House is looking for ways to buy time to avoid a massive influx of migrants that would add to already-historic border numbers. That already endangers Democratic incumbents in states that could decide the Senate majority in November.

Biden officials recognize they’re in a jam: moderate Democrats are pounding on them to delay the repeal but doing so would inflame the party’s progressive base. That includes members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who are scheduled to meet with the president next Monday.

Meanwhile actual Hispanic voters are trending Republican because they don’t want open borders, and are unmoved by trans- and gender-related politics.

GOT WOKE, GOING BROKE: Netflix Stock Price Drops 35%, Posting Biggest Fall Since 2004.

Netflix Inc. shares recorded their worst day since 2004 after the streaming giant reported that it lost subscribers in the first quarter.

The shares shed more than a third of their on Wednesday, finishing down $122.42, or 35.1%, to $226.19. The stock was the S&P 500’s worst performer of the day. Investors had expected that the company would add new users in the quarter. Instead, Netflix said it ended the first three months of the year with 200,000 fewer subscribers than it had in the fourth quarter and said it expected to lose two million global subscribers in the current quarter.

The fall represented Netflix’s biggest single-day percentage drop since Oct. 15, 2004, when it fell 41%. It slashed $54.3 billion from the company’s market capitalization, its largest one-day market cap loss on record.

It is the second time the shares have tumbled this year. In January, Netflix shares slid more than 20% when the company said it expected to add a much smaller number of subscribers than it did one year prior.

The stock is down 62% this year including Wednesday’s fall.

Several other streaming stocks fell Wednesday. Paramount Global finished down $3.12, or 8.6%, to $33.16, and Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. was off $1.48, or 6%, to $23.01. Walt Disney Co. retreated $7.33, or 5.6%, to $124.57, while Spotify Technology SA lost $14.92, or 11%, to $122.49.

More than 100 million Netflix shares traded hands on Wednesday, the first time it had crossed that milestone since 2015, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Some individual traders appeared to be buying the dip: The company was by far the most-purchased stock on Fidelity’s brokerage platform, according to the firm’s website. Buy orders for the stock far outpaced the number of sell orders tied to the shares.

As Western Journal notes: Elon Musk Diagnoses Netflix with a Fatal Disease as Stock Plummets on News of Subscriber Loss.

Gadfly Elon Musk on Tuesday waded into the troubled waters of Netflix as it appeared to be going down the drain.

The company announced Tuesday that its streaming service had lost about 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2022, with the crepe-hanging prediction that 2 million more would flee in the second quarter, according to CNN.

Netflix had been predicting it would gain 2.5 million subscribers in the first quarter.

The news sent the company’s stock down 25 percent in after-hours trading.

Enter Musk, who took time from his playful courtship of Twitter to serve as culture doctor and diagnose what’s ailing the streaming service.

“The woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable,” he tweeted.

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In 2020, its show “Cuties” was accused of sexualizing preteen girls, leading many to sever ties with the service.

Last year, Netflix revealed “Q-Force,” a cartoon about LGBT spies. “We’re the first queer agents in the field ever,” a character said in the trailer.

Dear White People” also turned away viewers who perceived it as racist against white people.

And this week, Netflix subscribers will be treated to “He’s Expecting,” whose synopsis reads, “When a successful ad executive who’s got it all figured out becomes pregnant, he’s forced to confront social inequities he’d never considered before.”

The streaming giant isn’t just driving away subscribers with divisive and offensive “woke” programming. Some say much of the content is just plain bad.

“Netflix spent more than $13 billion on original content last year, and people apparently aren’t watching it all that much,” Kevin Dugan wrote in New York Magazine on Tuesday.

Via I Hate the Media, who writes, “Netflix discovers the truth of Get Woke Go Broke.”

Then there’s the massive amount of product all of the various streaming services, and the cable networks are cranking out. As Sonny Bunch, then of the Weekly Standard (before their own digital demise) asked in 2018: Overload: Will any shows from the Golden Age of TV endure? “The flood of television programming from Netflix et al. since 2013, and the shotgun-blast manner in which new seasons are released, have combined to make it virtually impossible to keep up with everything worth watching. As recently as 15 years ago, a discerning TV watcher only needed to keep tabs on a handful of shows—a Sunday-night drama from HBO or AMC or Showtime; a Tuesday-night drama and a Thursday-night comedy from FX or maybe a broadcast network. But now it feels like there are nigh on infinite offerings from a nearly limitless number of channels. With thousands of hours of new TV coming out every year and an increasingly fractured marketplace demanding customers keep track of several different streaming services, how do we keep the truly excellent programming from being lost in the flood of mediocrity?”

BASKIN-ROBBINS’ SHOCKING NEW RE-BRANDING CAMPAIGN:

In a shocking move, mega-ice cream seller Baskin-Robbins has re-branded itself for 2022 — and neglected to include any obnoxious, in-your-face woke themes in its new marketing! No parade of rainbow creatures, no pant-suited feminist mascots, no underdogs bravely standing up to America’s racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted, xenophobic system. There’s nary a victim nor a woke hero to be seen. It’s almost eerie.

Almost as inexcusably, the re-launched branding is relentlessly positive. The new campaign — the first in 20 years for the 77-year-old company — is called “Seize the Yay.” It focuses on celebrating the myriad joys of ordinary life. In a press release, Baskin-Robbins explains:

Made your bed? That’s a reason to celebrate. Put on pants with actual buttons? There’s another! Legendary ice cream brand, Baskin-Robbins is celebrating the happiness ice cream brings to every moment with a refresh of the iconic brand’s logo, packaging, employee uniforms and tagline encouraging customers to “Seize the Yay” – appreciating every moment, no matter how big or small.

The absolute gall of these people! Don’t they realize that somewhere, a transgender first-grader isn’t being celebrated zealously enough by xir 6-year-old peers? That black people were enslaved and mistreated? That there are billions of poor people in the world who have yet to be welcomed into the United States and given free smartphones, medical care, food, education, and housing? That white supremacists lurk around every corner, COVID still exists, mean tweets might be a thing again, and there’s a buzzsaw of a war on the other side of the world that we aren’t yet tossing our kids into??? How dare Baskin-Robbins be so innocently cheerful!

“Made your bed?” What is this crazy vast right-wing conspiracy dog-whistle callback to Jordan Peterson?!

Related: At long last, the woke spell is being broken.

GOT WOKE, GOING BROKE: Seattle’s transit system struggles as riders refuse to pay. “By one measurement, as many as a staggering 70% of all passengers are free riders. But even that is only an estimate as there is almost no fare enforcement. Sound Transit did away with fare enforcement officers after a study revealed people of color were disproportionately getting fined. Instead, the system now relies on fare ambassadors. There are only a handful for the whole light rail system, so riders will rarely encounter them. They currently engage only 2% of all riders. When fare ambassadors do board a train, they ask passengers if they have paid their fare. Most have not. But instead of removing fare evaders from the train, fare ambassadors ask a series of questions starting with a request for identification. About 76% of the free-riding passengers refuse to produce valid ID, which makes it impossible to issue a warning. Sound Transit allows two warnings before even the first fine is issued. But with so few people providing identification, fines are infrequently given and even more rarely paid.”

COAL MINE, MEET CANARY: Sri Lanka facing imminent threat of starvation, senior politician warns.

Sri Lanka is facing the imminent threat of starvation for its population of 22 million as the economic crisis in the country continues to worsen and food becomes increasingly scarce, a senior politician has warned.

Speaking in a debate in parliament, held against the backdrop of the worst financial crisis to hit the country since independence – and with anti-government protests spreading across the country – the speaker of the parliament, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, warned that this was “just the beginning”.

“The food, gas and electricity shortages will get worse. There will be very acute food shortages and starvation,” Abeywardana told the legislature.

The economic meltdown in Sri Lanka spiralled on Wednesday as the Sri Lankan rupee plunged to become the world’s worst-performing currency. Sovereign dollar bonds dropped to trade at deeply distressed levels, while the stock market fell a further 2%.

Over the past few months, Sri Lanka has been facing a dire financial crisis on multiple fronts, triggered partially by the impact of Covid-19, which battered the economy, as well as mounting foreign debts, rising inflation and economic mismanagement by the government, led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The country barely has any foreign currency reserves left, leading to dangerous shortages of food, gas and medicines as it is unable to import foreign goods, while people are enduring power blackouts of up to eight hours a day. The situation has pushed thousands out onto the streets in protest in recent days, calling for the resignation of the president.

Flashback: In Sri Lanka, Organic Farming Went Catastrophically Wrong.

Faced with a deepening economic and humanitarian crisis, Sri Lanka called off an ill-conceived national experiment in organic agriculture this winter. Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa promised in his 2019 election campaign to transition the country’s farmers to organic agriculture over a period of 10 years. Last April, Rajapaksa’s government made good on that promise, imposing a nationwide ban on the importation and use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and ordering the country’s 2 million farmers to go organic.

The result was brutal and swift. Against claims that organic methods can produce comparable yields to conventional farming, domestic rice production fell 20 percent in just the first six months. Sri Lanka, long self-sufficient in rice production, has been forced to import $450 million worth of rice even as domestic prices for this staple of the national diet surged by around 50 percent. The ban also devastated the nation’s tea crop, its primary export and source of foreign exchange.

Get woke, go broke.

Related: Looming food shortages the next ‘slow-moving disaster’ to hit world .

OKAY, GROOMERS: Leaked Internal Zoom Confirms Disney Drank the Gender Cult Kool-Aid.

There has been a massive overreaction by members of the LGBTQWTF Gendergeddon cult and their woke corporate partners over the new Florida law that prohibits creepy adults from talking to little kids about sex. Instead of realizing that most parents don’t think that adults who aren’t related to their kids should be talking to them about explicit topics and hiding those conversations from parents, the woke cult is having temper tantrums. One tantrum happened when Disney called an internal meeting to soothe gay employees’ hysterics. During the meeting, high-ranking Disney employees assured the staff that they would be queering the hell out of Disney content from now on.

This meeting was leaked on Twitter, and I’ve got it all for you, along with my commentary along the way in the linked video below. Athena Thorne has a good piece on it for the VIP subscribers (and if you aren’t one, you should be) called “Tragic Kingdom: Disney Enters End-Stage Terminal Wokeness Infection” comparing this shift into insanity to terminal cancer.

Get woke, go broke, as they say. I know I won’t be jumping to support Disney’s new queer-centered programming.

In more news from the happiest wokest place on earth: Disney Goes Woke, Will No Longer Say ‘Boys And Girls’ Within Park.

The most magical place on earth is now also the most bizarre. Disneyland and Disney World are removing “gender greetings” from its parks, meaning, those inside the budget-bursting theme parks will no longer be addressed or greeted by the phrases “boys and girls” or “ladies and gentlemen.”

Thank goodness. I’ve never heard something so offensive in my life!

Instead of addressing the biological males and females, park goers will hear “Hello, everyone” or “Hello, friends.” Sounds like a prime opportunity for Jim Nantz to score some voice-over work.

If you’re wondering if Disney has lost its magic, or its marbles, wonder no more. A recently released online meeting of various Disney execs makes the new policy very clear.

Related: Attacks on the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law are about control.

When you scratch a millimeter beneath the surface, or just actually read the damn bill for yourself, you see how innocuous the whole thing is. Why was the law even needed? And why, you might wonder, the extraordinary outrage and all the public tantrums? On its face, rather than some Christian theocratic decree, the law seems to act as a reminder, more than anything else, for educators to stick to age-appropriate topics. None of this is about gay rights — little is these days — but rather about control.

Here’s what happened: during lockdown and remote learning, some teachers and school districts were caught by parents being inappropriate. Students were not only getting pumped full of Critical Race Theory, parents realized, but bizarre gender ideology as well. Parents across the country were disgusted and outraged — they even flipped Virginia red in 2021 as a result. One state, Florida, has now put the left in time out, and Democrats are having an absolute conniption fit. This isn’t about the law, per se. Progressives arec raging against being reeled in. They’re not worried about “gay kids.” They’re telling America: you’re not allowed to tell us what to do, especially in education.

They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing. Flashback: Glenn Youngkin Defeated Terry McAuliffe Because Democrats Betrayed Parents.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: John Nolte: The 355 Is Another Woketard Box Office Flop.

The 355 does deserve credit for not pulling a Ghostbusters, for coming up with an original franchise and not hijacking a male-driven one, but does a single second of this trailer make you want to go out in the cold, drive to a movie theater, and plunk down $40?

Who in the world is this movie made for?

The liars in the entertainment media will tell you, It’s about time we had a female-driven action movie! How long are we going to continue to buy into that con? Women have been kicking butt in movies for 50 years. Ask Pam Grier about that. The problem is that the whole idea of 85-pound women taking down 210-pound men is becoming a tired cliché, but nowhere near as tired as the propaganda that says this is something new.

* * * * * * * * *

Who would want to spend two hours with five grim, joyless, smug women?

Most of all, where’s the sex?

You cast five beautiful women in a grab-ass spy movie and there’s not a single shot of T&A? Are you insane?

Plus, the whole vibe is stridently anti-male, so there goes half your audience.

Gee, remember when movies like this were fun and sexy and liked men and were desperate to entertain and went on to make $125 million?

The 355 will be lucky to clear $15 million — a movie that likely cost $60 million to produce and at least that amount to promote probably won’t clear $50 million worldwide.

I assume the Chinese spy was added so that the movie could play there to help its box office, but other than, possibly, Death on the Nile (cough, Gal Gadot, cough), I can’t think of a single film previewed in the endless trailers before the last Spider-Man movie that I thought, “Yeah, I want to see that on the big screen.” For an industry that suddenly has to work very hard to lure a mass audience back to movie theaters, Hollywood sure seems to be phoning it in, post-lockdowns.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: With just $36.6 million in ticket sales, ‘West Side Story’ is officially a box office bomb.

GOT WOKE, WENT BROKE: Companies Need to Learn From the Salvation Army Suffering From Their Wokeness.

One recent example of this signaling foolishness cropped up last month, involving the Salvation Army. It was revealed that the church/charitable organization had produced an internal guide about racism, focused entirely on white privilege and what must be done to correct many ills as a result of systemic racism. As I covered a few weeks ago, the claims by the group’s PR division that they were not targeting whites — and they had not called for apologies for being racist — were completely false, based on the contents of the very guidebook they had produced.

Well, this is the time for corporations to take notice. It’s clear that pandering to the activists by telling the bulk of your donors that they are racist, as you ask them for continued support, is not paying off. In just a few short weeks, we are seeing the direct impact this adherence to a woke agenda has had on the Salvation Army, as across the nation they are reporting that donations are not just lower but significantly down. It is sad and amazing to witness, as a completely unneeded social activist agenda has led to severely depleted levels of support.

I have spoken to a number of people who have significantly altered their giving to the organization. One close friend has been an annual donor, and she steered her giving to other outfits. Another said they have turned to local charities. And as a sign of this not being a seasonal effect, one explained they chose to give to a local group, who told him that they are experiencing a flush donation season and cited the drop in Salvation Army donations means more is coming their way.

While I feel for the nice people standing in front of the local Kroger*, I suspect more than a few of these have ended up in Salvation Army kettles this year:

* Speaking of which: Kroger, The Wokest Supermarket.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE:

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: ‘The situation is dire’; Salvation Army facing toy, donation shortage ahead of holidays.

Noncooperation is the response we’re seeing to a lot of wokeness. The leftists used to dream of inspiring a general strike. And now maybe they are.

UPDATE: From the comments: “We’re seeing Irish Democracy break out against the Woke would be rulers.” Like America has never seen it, except maybe during Prohibition which lasted a little more than a decade before being reversed.

Plus, also from the comments, a suggested Salvation Army donation in lieu of cash:

UPDATE: Salvation Army faces enormous toy shortage this year.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Steven Spielberg’s Woke ‘West Side Story’ Bombs with $10M Opening.

MAKE THE RUBBLE BOUNCE: After calling parents domestic terrorists, NSBA discovers: Get woke, go broke — literally. “Does the National School Board Association still have enough money left in its coffers to send Joe Biden and Merrick Garland nice fruit baskets? Seventeen NSBA affiliates have cut ties with the NSBA over their coordination with the White House and Department of Justice in casting parental complaints over curricula ‘domestic terrorism.’ And as Axios reports, they’re taking their checkbooks with them — accounting for a 40% loss in revenue at the NSBA.”

Now go after the other 60%.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Salvation Army’s Donors Withdraw Support in Response to Racial ‘Wokeness’ Initiative.

If the Salvation Army is vulnerable to this BS, who’s safe?

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Salvation Army’s Donors Withdraw Support in Response to Racial ‘Wokeness’ Initiative.

THE FEEL-GOOD TWEET OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON! Women’s March’s profound apology for accepting this offensive and hurtful average donation amount so close to Thanksgiving belongs ‘in the Louvre.’

Flashback: Beyond the Culture of Repudiation. “In all of his political writings, [the late Roger Scruton] takes on the Left for scorning existing norms and customs, and for promoting a ‘culture of repudiation.’ The Left is ‘negative.’ It dismisses ‘every aspect of our cultural capital’ with the language of brutal invective: accusing every defender of human nature and sound tradition of ‘racism,’ ‘xenophobia,’ ‘homophobia,’ and ‘sexism.’ Like 1984’s ‘two minutes of hate,’ this language tears down, intimidates, and can never build anything humane or constructive—it is nihilistic to the core. At the same time, Scruton wants to reach out to reasonable liberals who eschew ideology and who still believe in civility and the promise of national belonging. His conservatism can discern the truth in liberalism (another Aristotelian trait) while the partisans of repudiation see half the human race as enemies.”

UPDATE: Thanksgiving: The Left Desperately Wants to Cancel the Great American Holiday.

Yet in a weekend segment for — you guessed it — what MSNBC called “The Thanksgiving history you’ve never heard,” a person called Gyasi Ross shouts from a pre-written, Howard Zinn-influenced screed:

“The truth is that pilgrims did not bring turkey, sweet potato pie or cranberries to Thanksgiving. They could not. They were broke! They were broken! Their hands were out! They were begging! They brought nothing of value. But they got fed! They got schooled! Instead of bringing stuffing and biscuits, those settlers brought genocide and violence. That genocide and violence is still on the menu! And state sponsored violence against Native and black Americans is commonplace!”

I’ve heard this before. It’s not original.

I am sure Ross knows all this information because he — a rapper and storyteller from Seattle — was in the arena 400 years ago for a first-person account.

Ross’ hateful rant reminds us that not only is dangerous revisionist history alive and well in left-wing cable news, but also, no matter the topic, progressives and their media allies will always change the subject back to their favorites: race and hating America’s founding.

The Washington Post, for example, recently informed us, “Just as Native American activists have demanded the removal of Christopher Columbus statues, they have long objected to the popular portrayal of Thanksgiving.”

This crazed essay was written by their traffic reporter, I kid you not!

Today, the Politico has an article headlined: The Democratic brand is broken. The infrastructure bill isn’t fixing it.

Neither is going full Leroy Jenkins on the culture war.

Related: The Wall Street Journal Won’t Cancel Thanksgiving Editorials. “The Wall Street Journal joins Netflix, Aaron Rodgers, Joe Rogan, Tucker Carlson, Dave Chappelle, and Dave Portnoy in the winnable fight against cancel culture. And each battle has further exposed the shallowness of the woke’s over-indexed influence.”

(Classical reference in headline; updated and bumped.)

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Black Rifle Coffee — Who Disavowed Rittenhouse — Silent After Not Guilty Verdict.

Flashback: Is Black Rifle Coffee About to Throw Its Customer Base Under the Bus for Fun and Profit? “Just as Black Rifle Coffee is on the cusp of changing its financial structure, it is also arriving at a philosophical decision point. Will it stay conservative and cater to the people that made it successful? Will it go ‘woke?’ Will it complete the transition from a cause to a grift? Unfortunately, the signs aren’t all that great.”

BIAS BY OMISSION: A note on Kenosha in light of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial:

Until quite recently, the mainstream liberal argument was that burning down businesses for racial justice was both good and healthy. Burnings allowed for the expression of righteous rage, and the businesses all had insurance to rebuild.

When I was at the New York Times, I went to Kenosha to see about this, and it turned out to be not true. The part of Kenosha that people burned in the riots was the poor, multi-racial commercial district, full of small, underinsured cell phone shops and car lots. It was very sad to see and to hear from people who had suffered. Beyond the financial loss, small storefronts are quite meaningful to their owners and communities, which continuously baffles the Zoom-class.

Something odd happened with that story after I filed it. It didn’t run. It sat and sat.

Now it could be that the piece was just bad. I’ve sent in bad ones before, and I’ll do it again. A few weeks after I filed, an editor told me: The Times wouldn’t be able to run my Kenosha insurance debacle piece until after the 2020 election, so sorry.

There were a variety of reasons given—space, timing, tweaks here or there.

Eventually the election passed. Biden was in the White House. And my Kenosha story ran. Whatever the reason for holding the piece, covering the suffering after the riots was not a priority. The reality that brought Kyle Rittenhouse into the streets was one we reporters were meant to ignore. The old man who tried to put out a blaze at a Kenosha store had his jaw broken. The top editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer had to resign in June 2020 amid staff outcry for publishing a piece with the headline, “Buildings Matter, Too.”

If you lived in those neighborhoods on fire, you were not supposed to get an extinguisher. The proper response — the only acceptable response — was to see the brick and mortar torn down, to watch the fires burn and to say: thank you.

Like 1968, 2020 was a dreadful inflection point in America’s history that will be studied endlessly to understand the left’s moral panic.

Related: How Journalism Abandoned the Working Class. “For a long time, the notion that America is an unrepentant white-supremacist state—one that confers power and privilege to white people and systematically denies them to people of color—was the province of far-left activists and academics. But over the past decade, it’s found its way into the mainstream, largely through liberal media outlets like the New York Times, NPR, MSNBC, the Washington Post, Vox, CNN, the New Republic, and the Atlantic. What changed? Most obviously: white liberals. Their enthusiasm for wokeness created a feedback loop with the media outlets to which they are paying subscribers. And the impact has been monumental: Once distinct publications and news channels are now staggeringly uniform.”

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Working-class people of color hate the riots the lefty elite keeps cheering.

At one level, the gap is surprising: The “oppressed” seem less enthusiastic about riots than those who worry about their oppression. At another level, it’s not surprising: The people whose neighborhoods are being destroyed are less sanguine about the destruction than are those who observe it from the comfortable environs of our nation’s capital. . . .

But this is mostly a class divide. The women interviewed in DC share the up-talk and vocal fry that characterize well-off, college-educated young women today. They aren’t people who run or depend on small businesses that can be ruined by one night of destruction; they aren’t people whose wages might suffer from business closures following mass violence. They speak in the most abstract of tones.

By “college educated,” we could also say “poorly educated,” these days. Plus:

The thing is, it’s a lot easier to encourage violence when the consequences happen to someone else. Too much of upper-class America is cocooned from real risk. For the people in poor and working-class neighborhoods where riots and looting tend to happen, the consequences are much more apparent.

That’s why the cavalier attitude of so many Democrats toward riots makes sense. Democrats are now the party of Wall Street, Silicon Valley and upscale suburbs. The people who have to deal with consequences will have to go somewhere else politically. And they will.

And they are.

JIM TREACHER: Jimmy Kimmel Knows Why Kamala Harris Is So Unpopular. Can you guess the REAL reason?

Yes, of course you can. And since scolding his potential audience as sexists and racists is rarely a winning move, that’s why Kimmel is “getting beaten in the ratings by Greg Gutfeld. Who is on cable! Get woke and go broke, ABC.”

BYLINES OF BRUTALITY: Piety Detected:

Via Ben Sixsmith, a new forbidden word. Please update your files and lifestyles accordingly:

When not publicly threatening to assault people who use the word woke, and being pleased about it, having wilfully construed the term as somehow racist, Mr Anderson writes for Slate, where he tells the world how things really are. Some of the comments by Mr Anderson’s Twitter followers, and their endorsements of his sentiments, are also worthy of note.

Instapundit began linking to items referencing the word “woke” in 2016, so according to Mr. Anderson’s self-styled rules, we’re happily grandfathered in, but as David Thompson writes above, Anderson writes for Slate, one of the last journalistic redoubts of the Graham family, after they sold the Washington Post to Jeff Bezos for his tip money — perhaps the ultimate example of getting woke — and going broke.

(Classical reference in headline.)

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Guys who work for big media corporations telling people what’s racist and encouraging violence is the very definition of “woke” in 2021. And because people understand that, the word carries a lot of baggage that guys like Joel don’t like. But the problem is, they are the baggage.

THEY TOLD ME NEO-CONFEDERATES WERE ON THE RISE — AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Sean Wilentz Reviews Noah Feldman’s New Lincoln Book, “The Broken Constitution.” “Feldman is not alone with sidling up to confederate constitutionalism. The 1619 Project agrees with Chief Justice Taney’s interpretation of the Constitution in Dred Scott. So much of the modern progressive project depends on the original Constitution being a failed, sinful document. That argument must be accepted as a doctrine of faith to undermine originalism.”

“Critical Race Theory” is best understood as a revived form of slaveowner racial and constitutional thinking.

As I wrote about Justice Harlan a while back:

Harlan’s blistering dissent in Plessy was widely read in the pulpits of black churches around the nation and its focus on racial equality and the color-blind nature of the Fourteenth Amendment became the foundation for the winning argument in Brown v. Board of Education, which undid Plessy over a half-century later.

Harlan wrote: “In my opinion, the judgment this day rendered will, in time, prove to be quite as pernicious as the decision made by this tribunal in the Dred Scott Case” (He was right about that). . . .

This ringing statement of racial and social equality was radical at the time, when it was taken for granted by many, if not most, that the races were too different to live together, and must have their relations closely managed by the hand of government.

If Harlan’s position was radical then, it went on to become conventional wisdom decades later. But it is increasingly radical now, at a time when, once again, many in positions of leadership in our universities, our corporations, and even in our governments seem to believe that the differences between the races are insoluble and can only be managed by the overweening hand of authority. To the extent that “woke” politics and Critical Race Theory lead us to the same view of racial relations as was held by 19th-century Jim Crow theorists, I, like Harlan, must register my dissent.

And I still do.

IT’S SUPER-CEREAL: Kellogg’s Goes Woke While Its Workers Go Broke.

“Kellogg recognized, along with the rest of the country and world, that we had entered a point of no return in terms of social justice,” a quote in Kellogg’s Equity newsletter screams. “What if we created a dialogue about the intersectionality of race and food?”

Or what if Kellogg’s stopped firing workers while telling them they’re racist?

While Kellogg’s touts the “Fight for Food Justice”, it treats its food workers like garbage. C-suite woke virtue signaling can cover up a multitude of sins. That’s why it’s taken over corporations. Instead of actually practicing ethics and decency, major corporations now hire diversity executives to assemble social justice word salads that make Corporate America sound like Che.

The more jobs Kellogg’s cuts at its Battle Creek birthplace, the more it talks about equity.

Kellogg’s boasts that it’s a Top 50 Company for Diversity and that diversity and equity are “paramount to achieving our success”, but the real secret sauce is cheap foreign labor.

An Amnesty International report accused Kellogg’s and a variety of woke food multinationals, including Unilever, the parent company of antisemitic BDS advocate Ben and Jerry’s, of getting palm oil from plantations where 8-year-olds worked under hazardous conditions.

While the C-suite virtue signals about social justice, children are dropping out of school to labor on plantations, women are working for $2.50 a day, and breathing in toxic pesticides.

Earlier: Walmart vs. Whiteness. The company’s new training program tells hourly employees that they are guilty of “internalized racial superiority.”

HMMM: Translating Netflix CEO’s Shooting Down of Every Demand LGBT Employees are Making.

Sarandos was then asked if he’s willing to adopt a list of demands he’s going to receive from transgender employees. His response was very middle of the road, but beneath it was a lack of guarantee:

Going forward, I want to make sure that everyone understands that we are deeply committed to supporting artistic freedom with the creators who work at Netflix. We’re deeply committed to increase representation on screen and behind the camera, and we’ll always learn and improve on how to address these challenges as they arrive.

In other words, “I want more people to feel like they can make content for us to attract a variety of people to our platform so I’m probably not going to cave to many, if any, of these demands, some of which will undoubtedly be a demand to limit what kind of content can be on Netflix.”

Sarandos was told that his employees want a disclaimer to be put up ahead of Chappelle’s special in lieu of it being taken down. His response:

The content is age restricted already for language, and Dave himself gives a very explicit warning at the beginning of the show, so I don’t think it would be appropriate in this case.

Translation: “If you’re not a child then you should be able to work out for yourself if you want to view this content or not.”

Meanwhile, the small group of Netflix employees protesting Chappelle end up overreaching, smashing the sign of a counter-protester that read “We Like Dave” and “Jokes Are Funny!” and looking ridiculous in the process:

Jokes really are funny. And chanting “jokes are funny” in the middle of progressive activists rending their garments over a few minutes from a Dave Chappelle routine is a funny joke. Or half-joke.

The guy with the glasses got under the crowd’s skin so much that one demonstrator grabbed his “Jokes Are Funny” sign and smashed it — and then accused him of having a “weapon” when the broken signpost was handed back to him. (Speech is violence!) That’s the woke id laid bare, but the guy with the sign didn’t let it faze him. Instead he couldn’t keep a straight face at the absurdity of protesters trying to drown him out as he yelled things like “I like Dave!” They came off looking ridiculous at seeming so threatened by him, which I’m sure was what he was going for when he showed up.

“‘There is no humor in Islam,’ Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini famously remarked. ‘There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.’”

The Ayatollah Khomeini had nothing on today’s woke crowd.

More here: Transgender Netflix Rally Leader Targets Dave Chappelle with Racist Taunt: ‘I’m Here to Talk to His Master.’

UPDATE: Speaking of the woke left not having a sense of humor, Twitter loses yet another fun account, the DPRK News parody:

 

GET WOKE, GO BROKE:  Big Biz has found that Critical Race Theory is bad for business.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Gutfeld! beats all late-night shows on their widely hyped ‘Climate Night.’

Not surprisingly, since this is the very definition of must-flee TV:

Joyless monomania is a great way to kill audience numbers — which is why Johnny Carson and NBC-era David Letterman never lectured their viewers.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE– PART DEUX: I never blame someone for having a really stupid idea. I do blame a room full of executives who say “Yeah! Let’s do it!”

Without further ado, I present to you the latest and greatest attempt to monetize “social justice” and its invariable meltdown: “CBS Backtracks On ‘The Activist’ After A Backlash, Including From One Of Its Hosts.” My favorite part:

“Besides the fact that there will be millions of dollars spent on hair, makeup, travel, celebrity hosts and judges, production, distribution that could have gone to the activists and organizations that will be featured, this is deeply dangerous,” said Brittany Packnett Cunningham, an anti-police-violence activist whose organization, Campaign Zero, has helped shape police-reform efforts around the U.S., speaking on MSNBC.”

My second favorite part:

“This extends a societal belief about what a good activist looks like: someone who is ready for prime time, someone who fits a particular archetype and is great on social media and is perfectly marketable,” Cunningham said.”

 

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Hollowed Out — The armed forces are now a vehicle for the advancement of an agenda of social justice.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE:  Women’s Soccer Team Loses; Patriots Cheer.

MARK PULLIAM: An Elegy for the Boy Scouts. “With recent moves more closely resembling the actions of a Fortune 500 HR department, the BSA now has a Chief Diversity Officer, boasts a Diversity and Inclusion Statement, and in 2020 even proposed an Eagle-required merit badge requiring mastery of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to achieve scouting’s highest rank. . . . Change is inevitable, of course, but what does the impending demise of the BSA portend? Is scouting merely a cultural relic of 20th-century America, the obsolescence of which is no more consequential than the disappearance of drive-in movie theaters, Roy Rogers lunch boxes, transistor radios, or poodle skirts? Or does the BSA represent a canary on our cultural coal mine—a warning sign of a mortal threat to our collective well-being that we ignore at our peril?”

Get woke, go broke. Leftism is poison, for organizations and for societies.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: MLB All-Star Game bombs in ratings again. Here’s why. “For the Ohtani factor alone, the numbers should have landed at least above the 10 million-viewer threshold, but didn’t. And if you’re looking for a big reason outside of cord-cutting, look no further than the backlash baseball is receiving for moving the All-Star Game out of Georgia to Colorado due to the former’s new voting laws.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Victoria’s Secret Replaces ‘Angels’ with Megan Rapinoe, Other ‘Gender Equity Campaigners.’

The Victoria’s Secret empire was built, in part, on the wings of Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, and Tyra Banks. But following a year in marketing purgatory, the famed Angels are officially no more.

After more than two decades, the New York Times reports the company is doing away with its heavenly super-model parade. In its place will be a new promotional campaign called the “VS Collective” that will feature “women famous for their achievements and not their proportions,” like the soccer star and gender equality advocate Megan Rapinoe.

The Angel’s demise has been some time coming. In 2019, CEO Leslie Wexner announced the end of the Angels fashion show broadcast, saying, “Fashion is a business of change. We must evolve and change to grow. With that in mind, we have decided to rethink the traditional Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.”

Perhaps Victoria’s Secret might want to also rethink their relationship with Rapinoe? ‘U Look Asian With Those Closed Eyes:’ Woke Megan Rapinoe Mocked Asians In Unearthed Tweets.

Flashback: Feminists and conservatives agree: Good riddance to the Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

Victoria’s Secret was founded in 1977 as a place for men to buy lingerie for women. From the beginning, women’s interests were a corporate afterthought. While the company has tried to brand itself as helping women feel good about themselves, its advertising has always been about fulfilling male fantasies.

It’s not good for customers, and Victoria’s Secret doesn’t have such a great reputation with its employees, either. This summer, more than 100 models signed a petition demanding that the company protect its models from sexual misconduct. Did you know Victoria’s Secret was also closely associated with sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein?

Now, after last year’s fashion show had the lowest ratings ever, the sordid event appears to be gone for good. “Oh, Thank God,” ran a headline in New York magazine’s website for women, the Cut. “It’s Over Now.”

That was from 2019’s moral panic, when it temporarily seemed like the Sexual Revolution had morphed into the French Revolution. Before the Bad Orange Man was ousted for Bad Touch Biden.

Because last year, voters evidently decided that voting out #OrangeManBad was more important than #metoo:

 

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: ‘Woke’ Values Boomerang on Coca-Cola.

A new poll by Rasmussen Reports finds that by a 3–1 margin, respondents oppose major businesses taking a highly visible role in influencing politics. That may explain why Rasmussen found that 37 percent of Americans are less likely to buy Coca-Cola products in the wake of all these headlines.

Last month, Senator Rand Paul and former president Donald Trump called for a boycott of Coca-Cola products over its role in fighting a new Georgia election-integrity bill. Legal groups denounced Bradley Gayton, Coca-Cola’s general counsel and an architect of its “woke” strategy, for ordering at least 30 percent of the company’s outside legal billings go to “diverse attorneys, and of such amounts at least half will be from Black attorneys.”

The headaches proved to be too much. As Dan McLaughlin reported on NRO last month, Coca-Cola was conspicuously absent from a list of companies that had met to discuss sanctions against Georgia. “It’s time to find common ground,” the company said in a statement. “In the end, we all want the same thing — free and fair elections.” Within days, it was announced that Gayton was leaving his post to become a “strategic consultant.” His replacement said the firm was “taking a pause” on controversial diversity initiatives.

Related: Woke Capitalism: Hit Back Twice as Hard. Consumers Research “have issued a set of 30-second spots calling out corporate virtue signalers like Nike, Woka-Cola, and American Airlines for their blatant hypocrisy and woke grandstanding. I like how they name names (the CEOs).” Videos at link.

More from Kurt Schlichter: People Are Getting Tired of Woke Nonsense.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Disney Stock Tanks As Subscription Numbers Plummet In Second Quarter.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: POLL: Over 40% of Harvard profs say that school’s standing is worsening. With the pandemic shock it’ll be a year or two before we can tell, but I suspect the risibility of American higher ed will seriously reduce the number of lucrative foreign students coming here to study.

WE’VE DESCENDED INTO SOME SORT OF BIZARRE HELL-WORLD IN WHICH PIERS MORGAN IS A VOICE OF SANITY. Morgan to Biden: The lesson of UK elections is — get woke, go broke.

Or, in the picture is worth a thousand words department:

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Brewery creates nasty ‘Torched Earth Ale’ to show how climate change will affect beer taste.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: The Music City Meltdown: A decade ago Nashville’s rise seemed inevitable, but fiscal recklessness left the city ill-prepared to absorb the pandemic’s economic blows.

For more than a decade, Nashville, Tenn., has been one of America’s hippest and fastest-growing cities. Anchored by the country-music industry and boosted by a hospitable state tax climate, the city and surrounding region attracted businesses and residents. While its music scene made it a tourist mecca, Nashville also lured a generation of college-educated transplants, earning a position as one of the country’s new “brainpower cities.”

These days Nashville is making its way onto other, less distinguished lists. The Institute for Truth in Accounting recently ranked it one of the country’s five worst “sinkhole” cities, with $22,000 in debt per resident. Its bonded debt alone has increased by more than $1.25 billion in 10 years. City leaders have used deficit financing to balance Nashville’s books and spent much of the city’s reserve funds. The Tennessee comptroller has threatened a state takeover, and even the Biden administration’s lavish stimulus isn’t enough to plug Nashville’s budget hole. Amid all this, angry local groups are trying to spur a special election to roll back a gigantic property tax increase. What was once called a miracle in Music City increasingly looks like a meltdown.

That’s quite a dubious record of achievement for a city with enviable economic growth. Rebounding robustly from the 2008-09 recession, greater Nashville gained nearly 300,000 jobs between 2010 and early 2020, an almost 40% increase. Employment in its hospitality industry expanded by 53% as developers added thousands of hotel rooms. Financial-services jobs grew by 46.9%, while professional services employment leapt by 69%. By March 2020, Nashville boasted an unemployment rate of only 3.4%.

With economic growth came more government revenue. Sales-tax collections increased by $200 million, or more than 70%, in a decade. Receipts from other fees and levies grew even faster. Nashville’s main tax, its property levy, increased more slowly. A state law limits the effect of rising property values on taxes, but even so the city’s total budget expanded over a decade by 50% to $2.33 billion.

Still, Nashville had trouble making do. Its leaders cultivated an ambition to make it a world-class city. Nashville built bright, shiny new things with debt. It spent more than $600 million to construct the Music City Center with bonds financed by hotel taxes and other fees. City leaders also built a minor-league baseball stadium for $91 million and a downtown amphitheater that cost $52 million. Now they have pledged city debt to help construct a $275 million soccer stadium.

No amount of money is enough when your city is run by shitty leftist politicians. And that’s been Nashville for at least a decade.

SOMETHING THAT CHINA CELEBRATES, AND IS QUIETLY ENCOURAGING: If ‘Get Woke Go Broke’ Is True, What Might That Mean for the Future of the U.S. Military?

NOTHING GOOD: If ‘Get Woke Go Broke’ Is True, What Might That Mean for the Future of the U.S. Military?

GETTING WOKE WHILE GOING BROKE: Biden Nominee to OPM Signals Woke-ification of the Federal Government.

GET WOKE OR GO BROKE, THEY WERE TOLD: The Victims of Woke Capitalism: Georgia Business Owners Speak Out After MLB Snub.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Nearly Half of Americans Changed Sports Viewing Habits Because Woke Social Justice.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Every Single One of Your Rights Is Under Assault, It Must Be Monday.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What do you call a madcap rush to push radical and authoritarian change through Washington on the slenderest of legislative majorities?

Answer: Just another day in the administration of Presidentish Joe Biden.

Before we get to the sordid details, a quick preview of today’s Wrap.

  • From “Get Woke, Go Broke” to “Get Woke with Us Or Else”
  • Americans own an impressive number of guns — but we can do better
  • Minnesota’s war on the workingman’s car

Bonus Sanity: The Senate — where bad ideas are supposed to go to die — might just be the death of the Dems’ latest bad idea on guns.

And so much more at the link, you’d have to be crazy to miss it.

QUESTION ASKED: Elizabeth Warren: Senator From Massachusetts—or the Roman Empire?

A U.S. senator says she wants to break up Amazon so that it won’t be “powerful enough to heckle senators with snotty tweets.”

That would require a lot of breaking up. Amazon could still heckle Warren at half its size—even at one-100th its size. Jeff Bezos could give away all his shares and open a frozen banana stand and he could still heckle Elizabeth Warren. You see, as Milton Berle never said, size doesn’t matter.

Pretty much anyone can heckle senators on Twitter—and in person! It happens, like, 10,000 times a day. Businesses can heckle them too, and not just big ones. The owners of the Love Muffin Café or Four Seasons Landscaping are welcome to get involved.

The interesting—and disturbing—thing about Warren’s far snottier rejoinder is that she seems to think this shouldn’t be the case. Indeed, she seems to think mere disagreement amounts to heckling. Still worse, she thinks businesses—nay, whole sectors—should be broken up so that they won’t have the temerity to disagree with a bloviating and demagogic senator. I wonder if Warren is offended when NARAL “heckles” Ted Cruz. I’m kidding of course, I don’t wonder about that at all.

I’m sure Warren has lots of reasons for wanting to break up Big Tech, but she didn’t list them here. By her account she thinks insufficient fear of Elizabeth Warren, the Cambridge Slay Queen, is justification alone for swinging her scythe. That disturbs me far more than literally anything Amazon or Jeff Bezos have ever said or done.

I can’t defend Amazon after they censored Ryan T. Anderson, but I think Henry Kissinger had the right idea when it came to the Iran-Iraq War.

OUT ON A LIMB: Maybe public confidence in the military would go up if its leaders shut up. In the Arizona Republic, Jon Gabriel writes:

Pentagon ‘smites’ Tucker Carlson? Really?

* * * * * * * *

It is not the military’s job to “smite” American civilians, especially those exercising freedom of the press. If I had stayed in long enough to make admiral, all civilians would still outrank me. Even cable news hosts.

Just imagine the Pentagon attacking CNN’s Chris Cuomo in March 2019. The Columbia School of Journalism would offer a seminar titled “The Day Trump Killed Democracy” for the next decade.

The military holds high esteem because it’s stayed above the grubby world of partisan politics and click-bait headlines. If it wanders into that muck, taxpayers will soon lose that hard-won respect. Then they’ll wonder what they’re getting from the Pentagon’s nearly trillion-dollar budget.

That’s one question the military doesn’t want asked.

The coffers are broke, the military is woke. Our enemies think it’s a joke. What could go wrong?

“THE IRONY HERE IS THAT THESE ACCOUNTS ARE PROVING TUCKER CARLSON’S POINT ABOUT THE U.S. MILITARY’S PRIORITIES TO A ‘T’.” U.S. Military Twitter Accounts And Officials Attack Tucker Carlson For Questioning Woke Agenda.

I guess they were tired of being the United States’ most trusted institution. Get woke, go broke.

But they seem to be seeing the Argentine military as their role model these days anyway: An institution of domestic control whose competence at dealing with foreign threats no longer matters. At least, that’s what I take from this disgraceful episode.

IT’S A MYSTERY: Why is Amazon Stock Down?

Related: I Haven’t Used Amazon For Almost 3 Months And I Don’t Miss It One Bit.

Get woke, go broke?

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Hollywood Sold Its Soul to China … Now What? “China may no longer need U.S. movies to entertain its populace. The L.A. Times reports Chinese-made films dominated the country’s 2020 box office charts. The highest ranking U.S. film, “Tenet,” came in at number 11… it looks like China won’t be saving as many U.S. blockbusters as it had in the past. An already reeling Hollywood will have to find new ways to balance its ledgers as the theater industry tries to come back from the crippling pandemic.”

Get woke, go broke — and do read the whole thing, in which Christian collected years’ worth of Hollywood kowtowing to the CCP in one convenient column.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Budweiser will sit out Super Bowl, funneling marketing dollars to boost vaccine awareness. “Budweiser isn’t the only iconic brand sitting out the game. PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have said they won’t be running in-game ads for their namesake sodas.”

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: Maybe the Deplorables Are Today’s People of Color. “Back in 1988 Bill Moyers was recalling Lyndon Johnson explaining how to keep whites poor by encouraging them to look down on ‘colored men’. . . Today, as Rana Dasgupta argues in Harper’s, the Western middle class including those with gender studies and critical theory degrees — especially them — are the new unemployables, made redundant by cheap Chinese and robotic labor. The only way to make the destitute Woke feel good about themselves is to let them look down on the Deplorables.”

I’m reminded of what Kenneth Anderson said about the Occupy movement:

In social theory, OWS is best understood not as a populist movement against the bankers, but instead as the breakdown of the New Class into its two increasingly disconnected parts. The upper tier, the bankers-government bankers-super credentialed elites. But also the lower tier, those who saw themselves entitled to a white collar job in the Virtue Industries of government and non-profits – the helping professions, the culture industry, the virtueocracies, the industries of therapeutic social control, as Christopher Lasch pointed out in his final book, The Revolt of the Elites.

The two tiers of the New Class have always had different sources of rents, however. For the upper tier, since 1990, it has come through its ability to take the benefits of generations of US social investment in education and sell that expertise across global markets – leveraging expertise and access to capital and technological markets in the 1990s to places in Asia and the former communist world in desperate need of it. As Lasch said, the revolt and flight of the elites, to marketize themselves globally as free agents – to take the social capital derived over many generations by American society, and to go live in the jet stream and extract returns on a global scale for that expertise. But that expertise is now largely commodified – to paraphrase David Swenson on financial engineering, that kind of universal expertise is commodified, cheaply available, and no longer commands much premium. As those returns have come under pressure, the Global New Class has come home, looking to command premiums through privileged access to the public-private divide – access most visible at the moment as virtuous new technology projects that turn out to be mere crony capitalism.

The lower tier is in a different situation and always has been. It is characterized by status-income disequilibrium, to borrow from David Brooks; it cultivates the sensibilities of the upper tier New Class, but does not have the ability to globalize its rent extraction. The helping professions, the professions of therapeutic authoritarianism (the social workers as well as the public safety workers), the virtuecrats, the regulatory class, etc., have a problem – they mostly service and manage individuals, the client-consumers of the welfare state. Their rents are not leveraged very much, certainly not globally, and are limited to what amounts to an hourly wage. The method of ramping up wages, however, is through public employee unions and their own special ability to access the public-private divide. But, as everyone understands, that model no longer works, because it has overreached and overleveraged, to the point that even the system’s most sympathetic politicians understand that it cannot pay up.

The upper tier is still doing pretty well. But the lower tier of the New Class – the machine by which universities trained young people to become minor regulators and then delivered them into white collar positions on the basis of credentials in history, political science, literature, ethnic and women’s studies – with or without the benefit of law school – has broken down. The supply is uninterrupted, but the demand has dried up. The agony of the students getting dumped at the far end of the supply chain is in large part the OWS. As Above the Law points out, here is “John,” who got out of undergrad, spent a year unemployed and living at home, and is now apparently at University of Vermont law school, with its top ranked environmental law program – John wants to work at a “nonprofit.”

Indeed. Plus, just a reminder: In America, class war is disguised as cultural warfare, and cultural warfare is usually cloaked in talk of race.

Related: A New Class Problem.

 

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Doctor – What Is That? Switching Genders Of Major Characters Always Runs The Risk Of Alienating Fans For Whom Attraction Plays A Part In Their Fandom.

If Penthouse suddenly switched all of its glossy double-page spreads to abs and cocks, you’d expect some backlash. A few awkward silences. Probably a sharp drop in subscriptions.

Does this make its readers a pack of bigots, misandrists, and man-hating homophobes burdened by fragile sexuality? No. They were simply looking for something else. The magazine’s target audience has an established sexual preference, confirming the old adage ‘sex sells!’ is as true for Penthouse as it is for a fifty-year-old science fiction show.

Doctor Who is the James Bond of the geek world – men want to be him, and girls want to shag him. I can’t speak for the boys, but who doesn’t want a gorgeous, older boyfriend with a time machine, infinite bank balance, no job, endless adventure, and a demi-god status in the universe? He is an inconvenient sexual fantasy that contradicts the preferred social politics of the BBC, despite being its flagship show.

It is no accident that ratings soared when Scottish heart-throb David Tennant took over the role in 2005 alongside his young, attractive female companion Billie Piper. Their will-they, won’t-they romantic tragedy elevated the BBC production out of the fringe geek world and into the mainstream market of swooning teenagers. The onscreen sexual tension made the international arm of the network a fortune in the US, propping up their less successful social justice vanity projects.

Until the BBC decided what the world needed was a female Dr. Who:

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: One last disaster in 2020: ‘Wonder Woman 1984.’ Message: “Ronald Reagan bad!”

BOOK CRITICIZING CANCEL CULTURE GETS CANCELED BECAUSE AUTHOR CRITICIZED ISLAM:

You may have thought the public discourse couldn’t get any more absurd. Think again. Apparently oblivious to the titanic dimensions of the irony, the publisher Little, Brown just canceled a new book, Welcome to the Woke Trials: How #Identity Killed Progressive Politics by British journalist Julie Burchill because of an “Islamophobic” twitter exchange Burchill had with Muslim writer Ash Sarkar. So you see, it’s fine to stand up for freedom of speech, but some lines must not be crossed. And what was Burchill’s crime? Did she use racial slurs? Did she call for genocide or violence against innocent Muslims? No, apparently all she did was note the readily demonstrable fact that according to Islamic tradition, Muhammad married a child. But telling the truth is a dangerous enterprise these days.

You may not be interested in cancel culture, but cancel culture is interested in you. Read the whole thing.

UPDATE: Burchill is paid her advance in full and gets her rights back for book after it was cancelled by publisher over ‘Islamophobic’ Twitter row.

Little, Brown is owned by Hachette, whose crybully staffers previously cancelled Woody Allen’s autobiography, and threatened to cancel Jordan Peterson’s sequel to best-selling 12 Rules for Life earlier this year. However, they publish such fare as this in their “young adult” category:

Hachette has certainly gotten ultra-woke. I’d ask if going broke is the next step, but the 21st century left certainly enjoys donning their hair shirts.

(Updated and bumped.)

WHY IS GOOGLE SO RACIST? Former Google Diversity Recruiter: ‘F**K GOOGLE AND F**K THE WAY GOOGLE TREATS BLACK WOMEN And BLACK PEOPLE.’ “It’s a bit hard for me to believe that this extremely progressive company is a hotbed of anti-black racism but that’s apparently what people inside believe. It does make me wonder if this isn’t comparable to the campus takeover of Evergreen State College. There too, a campus known as one of the most progressive places in the country suddenly became convinced that racism was a threat to the very lives of students on campus, leading to any number of extreme actions.”

Get woke, go broke.

GETTING WOKE, GOING BROKE? Can Fox News Turn Things Around?

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: NFL ratings plummet as networks slash ad prices. “Average NFL viewership has dropped approximately 8 percent from the 2019 season, but a week for week comparison shows a much worse situation. The NFL had 14.5 million viewers for Week 13 of the season, which is a 29 percent drop from the same week last season.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: How Toxic Leftism Killed The Vibrant Bon Appetit YouTube Channel.

With its gleaming marble countertops and massive 35th-floor view from One World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, the “Test Kitchen” set was exactly the visual tonic America needed. Bon Appetit became the fastest-growing food-related channel on YouTube, enjoying 40 million monthly views, more than 5 million subscribers, and more than 5 billion minutes watched.

Bon Appetit’s cooking channel should have been one of the bright spots during the pandemic. It should have been a common, nonpolitical intersection where we could all just laugh about yet again ruining our attempt at latkes. At first, it was just that. The Bon Appetit crew adapted almost seamlessly from the high-rise to their home kitchens across the tri-state area. Gleaming stainless cooking surfaces were replaced with cramped quarters, but the stars still shone just as bright.

But in a flash, the “Friends” vibe was dead, and so was the Bon Appetit cooking channel.

The Woke Mob Comes for All

It was murdered in June 2020 by a furious spasm of wokism aimed at Bon Appetit and its publisher, Conde Nast. Both magazine and publisher were accused of insensitivity to employees of any color but peach. There were also accusations of “cultural insensitivity,” disparities in compensation, ill-treatment in the workplace, and tokenism.

The unraveling began just after the May 25 killing of George Floyd in police custody. The once-lionized editor of Bon Appetit, Adam Rapoport, resigned June 8 following the release of a photo taken 16 years ago, reportedly showing him in “brownface” at a costume party. He denied he had altered his face color, but continued internal denunciation made his continued leadership impossible. Weeks after the initial controversy, eight Bon Appetit “Test Kitchen” star chefs, the heart and soul of the show’s success, announced they would no longer appear on the program.

Like many other companies, Bon Appetit felt compelled to declare “solidarity” with the rapidly emerging Black Lives Matter movement, publishing, “Here at BA, we’re often talking about recipes, cooking techniques, and emerging restaurants … but we also understand that food is inherently political.”

The 5o-year old “the personal is political” argument of the would-be totalitarian left sounds much better in the original Italian: “Tutto all’interno dello stato, niente fuori dallo stato, nulla contro lo stato.” Meanwhile, back at Bon Appetit:

The second most popular video from the new era was the first Bon Appetit pushed out: “Test Kitchen” director Chris Morocco making “weeknight meatballs.” Between the simplistic cooking instructions and complaints about his missing blender, Morocco managed to create one of the saddest cooking videos ever committed to the internet.

From his new home in Pennsylvania, he looked sadly into the camera and gave some vague pledge of having feelings for what happened at Bon Appetit — then, on to boring meatballs. That video has 792,000 views. With rare exceptions — videos featuring Leone — everything since then has been a fraction of that.

As Iowahawk tweeted when Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz had the ill-conceived (and quickly discarded) notion that his clerks could lecture their customers on whatever racism they perceived that day:

TIAA HANDLES SOME OF MY RETIREMENT MONEY. NOW I’M THINKING OF MOVING IT ELSEWHERE: Capitalism should become ‘much more inclusive’: TIAA CEO Roger Ferguson. Get woke, go broke — but not with my money.

I HOPE THESE AREN’T CORRECT. THE LEFT PROJECTS NUMBERS IT DOESN’T HAVE. OTHERWISE GETTING WOKE WOULDN’T MAKE YOU BROKE:   In Accordance With the Prophecies…

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: ESPN Layoffs Are on the Horizon.

Last month, OutKick first reported that ESPN was bracing for major cost cuts including the potential layoffs of hundreds of workers. Now, industry sources say that those layoffs are on the horizon; today, The Athletic reported that they could begin as soon as Thursday.

ESPN currently has about 4,000 employees in Bristol, CT and another 2,500 employees in other offices across the United States and the world.

An ESPN spokesperson declined to comment for this story.

Unfortunately, the bulk of those layoffs will likely impact the hard-working behind the scenes crew members, not the on-air talent that drove ESPN into uber-wokedom.

More from Outkick the Coverage:

The pandemic has affected many of Disney’s business operations, such as theme parks, cruises, movies and live sports. Though most sports leagues have been salvaged, there was some lost revenue in college football and other sports. As a result, Disney announced in September that it was laying off 28,000 park employees.

Disney groused over California’s “arbitrary guidelines” that lead to those 28,000 employees being laid off, even as ABC, its news division, was attacking Florida for re-opening its economy: Florida reopens state’s economy despite ongoing pandemic.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Why should The Strand survive?

As it happened, on my last trip The Strand had none of the books I was looking for. I wasn’t searching for any viciously right-wing tracts. The store had simply decided to go big and long on the ‘improving’ literature that it seeks to push on New Yorkers (Kendi, Coates, DiAngelo and all the rest) and it had done so at the expense of the variety and pluralism it once displayed. For instance near the front entrance on my last visit there stood a considerable quantity of the book (notorious to the readers of this publication) titled In Defense of Looting. Were I not on a guest in the country I should have picked up that whole steaming pile, walked out of the door and dumped them on the kerbside. For aside from believing that the author of that book should be taken at their word, it is quite something for a shop in a town that recently suffered an outbreak of looting to be prominently promoting a book which explains not only why ‘all cops are bastards’ but why the looting of other people’s businesses – businesses sometimes just as old and venerable as The Strand, incidentally – is not just fine but justified. Of course a store should stock a book. But what they push tells you where they stand.

So I understand why people might flock to The Strand when the call goes out to save it. They lingered there for many an hour in their student years. Which literary visitor to the city has not, in the past, left the place with an overweight luggage-case full of books? But The Strand is not the store that it once was. It has become another improbable victim of the culture wars, offering an ever-smaller selection of ‘good-for-you’ fare to a clearly dwindling number of customers. Sad, but not inevitable.

It’s telling that uber-woke books such as the aforementioned “’improving’ literature” and the now infamous In Defense of Looting don’t sound like they’re flying off the shelves even in far left Manhattan, the city with the reincarnation of Batman’s Marxist supervillain Bane as their mayor, and a shrinking population of true leftist believers as his constituency.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, GET-WOKE-GO-BROKE EDITION: Evergreen State College enrollment is down sharply again in 2020.

The decline in enrollment must have put a massive dent in the school’s operating budget and is almost surely going to translate into the need to reduce the size of the faculty. There don’t seem to be any announcements or news stories about that but it must be happening behind the scenes. That will in turn make it harder to recover as the school will have less capacity and maybe even fewer degrees to offer. For the record, I think it’s fair to say the pandemic could also be playing a role in enrollment but that’s clearly not the main problem at Evergreen.

I wonder if at some point it will simply be unable to survive. Again, no one is saying that but there must be some lower limit where they have to call it. The school is a testament to what can happen when far left extremists are allowed to take over an organization. I sincerely hope other large organizations are watching and learning what not to do.

As Iowahawk would say:


GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Drudge Report traffic plunges as content turns against Trump.

OUT OF SIGHT, BUT NOT OUT OF MIND: There’s an old sawhorse in media about the “Streisand Effect,” namely, that when someone tries to suppress a story it backfires and gets more attention than it might have without the suppression. There’s a lot about the Hunter Biden story and its suppression that proves this true.

The news that Glenn Greenwald had resigned from The Intercept because management there have joined the open conspiracy among so-called news providers to pretend that there is no substance or legitimacy behind allegations – or even asking questions – about Joe Biden’s involvement and financial interest in his son’s business dealings in Ukraine, Russia or China was stunning. NPR was surprisingly honest about their dishonesty when they “explained” that they would not cover the story because:

“We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions […] And quite frankly, that’s where we ended up, this was a politically driven event, and we decided to treat it that way.”

As has been said repeatedly, they and other legacy media operations’ newfound devotion to media ethics is both amusing and depressing at the same time. These are the same people who had no problem alleging that Justice Kavanaugh was a gang rapist on the say-so of a somewhat mentally frail woman who could produce no documents or corroborating witnesses, could not recount any details and yet, these same publications applied “woke logic” by insisting we “believe all women.”

Every insane allegation and false witness propounded by Michael Avenatti was breathlessly reported and touted as the truth by CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and Washington Post. Avenatti was convicted last year of extortion in a $20 billion scheme against Nike, and still faces trial for defrauding his client Stormy Daniels. Up until this week, these kinds of witnesses and “sources” were more than credible enough to publish defamatory and salacious stories.

If you need a reminder, this is the same media who promised you “pee tapes” of President Trump cavorting with Russian hookers based on evidence that never existed. In one of his magnificent histories of LBJ, Robert Caro retold the story of then-congressional candidate Johnson asking his aide to help spread a rumor that his opponent engaged in sex with barnyard animals:

“We can’t prove that Mr. Johnson,” the aide said.

But we can make the son of a bitch deny it!” Johnson purportedly replied.

For a story that the Biden surrogates and stenographers insist has no factual foundation, they have been rather vocal, splashing a tremendous array of defensive claims. Despite the fact that neither Biden nor his son Hunter have yet to deny the authenticity of any of the documents and emails being reported on by smaller news organizations dismissed as “conservative” those committed to dragging Biden across the finish line no matter what, have said (like NPR) that the story doesn’t pass their standards of integrity; that the timing of the story being advantageous to Trump somehow nullifies its factual underpinning (welcome to political journalism); and perhaps most laughably, social media surrogates insist that “nobody cares.”

This last chimera is perhaps the most revealing. It reveals the arrogant elitism that led the mainstream off the rails in 2016 and shows us how this small group has a genuine disdain for most Americans. Moreover, it underscores the denial they suffer about the inevitable extinction of their long-held and highly profitable grip on public opinion.

The data show how remarkably wrong our moral and intellectual betters are. In the last ten days – and before Tucker Carlson’s bombshell interview – The Daily Caller’s Hunter Biden stories drew 554,566 unique internet visitors. That’s more than half a million “nobodies.”

One of their initial stories, about the laptop left behind by a crack-addled Hunter Biden drew 16,474 unique readers; another story, about Hunter Biden’s setting up a meeting with his father (then Vice-President) and Chinese businessmen was read by at least 89,649 people. Oh, I mean “nobodies.” As JustTheNews’ Editor in Chief John Solomon pointed out:

“[C]riminality isn’t the only standard by which Americans evaluate their leaders. Judgment, ethics and transparency are also essential attributes.”

JustTheNews.com has been doggedly breaking news on Hunter and Joe Biden’s “pay to meet me” scheme. Rough estimates show that JTN’s coverage of this issue has been read by as many as 7.5 million people. Moreover, Tucker Carlson’s interview with whistleblower and ex-Biden partner Tony Bobulinski broke cable news records: as many as 7.6 million viewers tuned in. That’s a lot of nobodies. I’ll bet NPR’s Public Editor Kelly McBride wishes she got a third as many “nobodies” to pay attention to her.

It’s little wonder the mainstream media is going broke. They don’t serve you: They insult you. When they say “nobody cares” what they really mean to say is that the only people who count, who deserve any say in our political process are those who agree with them. Everyone else is a nobody. (Bumped, by Glenn, because this is important).

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Baltimore Museum of Art Loses $50 Million Planned Gift Over Deaccession.

The furor over the Baltimore Museum of Art’s (BMA) deaccessioning of three major works—by Brice Marden, Clyfford Still, and Andy Warhol—continues, with two former board chairs announcing the withdrawal of planned gifts totaling $50 million, and two artists resigning from the institution’s board of trustees.

Stiles Colwill and Charles Newhall III said that they would cancel their pledged gifts, of $20 million and $30 million, respectively, in protest of the sales, with Newhall additionally resigning as honorary trustee. Colwill, whose planned gift comprised the entire value of his estate, told The Art Newspaperhe had made the decision to cancel the gift a year ago “when it became clear to me that under the leadership of [director] Christopher Bedford the BMA was no longer trustworthy to receive this bequest,” and that “[i]t was only in the past weeks that I was, quite sadly, publicly proven right about the BMA’s current leadership. Thus I allowed word of my decision along with that of Mr. Charles Newhall . . . to [be] announced.” Newhall announced the retraction of his own gift along with his resignation in an October 15 letter and called for “any public display” associated with his family’s previous $5 million gifts to be removed from the institution.

Bedford and current board chair Clair Zamoiski Segal contended that Colwill and Newhall’s planned contributions “have not been recorded with the museum as gifts and are not part of the museum’s current budgeting,” further adding that the cancellations are “not evidence that donors are rescinding gifts to the museum.”

Artists Amy Sherald and Adam Pendleton additionally resigned from the BMA’s board of trustees last week, both citing a lack of time to attend to their necessary duties with the organiziation, and Pendleton saying he had been “blindsided” by the controversy attending the deaccessioning.

Flashback: Baltimore Will Have Bought-a-Less: The City’s Museum of Art Announces it Won’t Buy Any Works if They’re Made by Men.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Shepard Smith’s CNBC Show Bombs in Ratings, Placing Last in Cable News and Behind Fox Business Repeats.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Netflix Cancellations Soar 800% After Cuties Debacle: Analysis.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: CNN Misses Revenue Targets by $100+ Million.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Episcopal Church Marriages Plunge by Two-Thirds.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: ‘Thursday Night Football’ Gets Weak Ratings For The Eagles Beating The Giants.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Ratings for Game 1 of the World Series Crash 25%, Viewership at All-Time Low. A friend on Facebook comments: “I think millions of people discovered that their addiction to sport was a habit, and that habit has now been broken. I had no idea until two minutes ago that the World Series had even begun. That has never happened in my life. I haven’t watched the NFL or the NBA all year.”

America’s institutions are run by people who care more about the opinion of their social peers than the well-being of the instutitions with which they have been entrusted. They don’t really care if they go broke, so long as they get credit for being woke. This is a fundamental breach of duty on their part, akin to the taking of bribes, but they no longer believe in duty anyway.

FORMULA ONE LATEST SPORT TO GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Lewis Hamilton: “I’m Not Going to Stay Quiet.” In a deeply personal interview, the six-time Formula 1 champion explains why he’s using his voice to support social justice and Black Lives Matter.

With the NBA crawling down from its social-justice posturing, this seems behind the curve.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: San Francisco tax revenue plunge points to resident exodus.

THAT’S GONNA LEAVE A MARK: Mark Cuban, Sen. Ted Cruz engage in Twitter spat over drop in NBA ratings.

“A US Senator with 3 @NBA teams in his state, employing thousands of people and he is rooting for their businesses to do poorly,” he wrote. “This is who you are @tedcruz . Every minute of your life, this is exactly who you are.”

Cruz fired back saying that he has been a life-long Houston Rockets fan and has always supported his state’s teams but decided against it after claiming that the NBA “is engaged in a concerted effort to (1) insult their fans & (2) turn every game into a left-wing political lecture. That’s dumb.”

“You are so full of s–t. You haven’t watched a game of the finals, how would you know what is being said or done? Since when is a desire to end racism an insult to anyone or political? And you don’t think using #GetWokeGoBroke is a partisan insult? Again, this is who you are.”

Cruz replied: “I wish @mcuban loved his fans as much as he loves Chinese money.”

He doesn’t.

SEATTLE GETS WOKE, GOES BROKE: Boeing to Move All 787 Dreamliner Production to South Carolina. “Consolidating Dreamliner production in South Carolina would mark another step in the shift of the U.S. aerospace industry to southern states from the West Coast. Companies have already shed thousands of jobs in California while states including the Carolinas, Florida and Alabama have attracted aerospace businesses with less-clogged infrastructure and cheaper, nonunionized labor, including an Airbus SE assembly plant in Mobile, Ala.”

Also, no riots or commie legislators.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: NBA Finals Game Two Ratings Crash by 68%, Least Watched Finals Game in History.

In accordance with the prophecy: NBA Now Requiring All Players To Stand For Chinese National Anthem.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: “Today, it’s a chore approaching drudgery to watch the NBA.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: NBA playoff viewership falls of the cliff.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE:  2020 Emmys ratings: Viewership sinks to all-time low.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: The NFL’s Ratings Are Falling Even As They Are Renegotiating Their TV Deals.

VDH: The News as We Once Knew It Is Dead.

An embargoed and bankrupt Iran is teetering on the brink. Its international terrorist appendages, including Hezbollah, are broke.

China is increasingly being ostracized by much of the world.

The U.S. has cut its carbon emissions, often at a rate superior to those nations still adhering to the Paris climate accord targets.

Cross-border illegal immigration has been reduced, according to many metrics.

ISIS was bombed into near dissolution. Moderate regimes in the Middle East are ascendant; radical cliques like Hamas and al-Qaeda are not.

More NATO members are meeting their commitments. The alliance’s aggregate defense investments are way up.

Is any of that considered news? Not really.

Instead, every three or four days the public is fed a series of fantasy “bombshells” much like the daily hysterias of the Robert Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump team and Russia — a two-year, media-hyped dud.

In recent weeks the media warned us that Trump was dismantling the Post Office to disrupt mail-in balloting.

Trump, we are told, has decided never to concede his sure loss in November and might have to be forcibly removed, perhaps by the military.

We read that Trump defiled the memory of fallen American soldiers in cemeteries abroad. We are lectured that Trump supposedly never took COVID-19 seriously.

All of these stories were either demonstrably untrue, were supported only by anonymous sources, or were the sensationalism of authors hawking books.

Yet such concocted melodramas will continue each week up to Election Day, while fundamental geostrategic shifts abroad brought about by American diplomacy will by intent go unnoticed.

The news as we once understood it is dead.

Well yes, but it’s been dead for well over a decade. In 2008, PJM alumnus Michael Malone wrote at ABC News(!): Media’s Presidential Bias and Decline.

Why? I think I know, because had my life taken a different path, I could have been one: Picture yourself in your 50s in a job where you’ve spent 30 years working your way to the top, to the cockpit of power … only to discover that you’re presiding over a dying industry. The Internet and alternative media are stealing your readers, your advertisers and your top young talent. Many of your peers shrewdly took golden parachutes and disappeared. Your job doesn’t have anywhere near the power and influence it did when your started your climb. The Newspaper Guild is too weak to protect you any more, and there is a very good chance you’ll lose your job before you cross that finish line, 10 years hence, of retirement and a pension.

In other words, you are facing career catastrophe — and desperate times call for desperate measures. Even if you have to risk everything on a single Hail Mary play. Even if you have to compromise the principles that got you here. After all, newspapers and network news are doomed anyway — all that counts is keeping them on life support until you can retire.

And then the opportunity presents itself — an attractive young candidate whose politics likely matches yours, but more important, he offers the prospect of a transformed Washington with the power to fix everything that has gone wrong in your career.

With luck, this monolithic, single-party government will crush the alternative media via a revived fairness doctrine, re-invigorate unions by getting rid of secret votes, and just maybe be beholden to people like you in the traditional media for getting it there.

And besides, you tell yourself, it’s all for the good of the country …

See also: the career arc of James Bennet, late of the New York Times, who was such a true believer that he bought into the Sarah Palin clip art myth, before his woke underlings came for his scalp: The Day the New York Times Redefined ‘Liberal’ as ‘Closed-minded Outrage Mob.’

GOT WOKE, ABOUT TO GET BROKE? ‘Absolutely delicious:’ Princeton president wrote that racism is ’embedded’ at the university, so the Dept. of Education will investigate (and Hello Backfire!).

Stay tuned, this could be fun.