First, the sex.
Last September, I wrote a critique of those in the media defending "Cuties," an award-winning film on Netflix that featured prepubescent girls twerking in tight, revealing costumes. The defense, we were told, was that this film was intended to start a "conversation" about the "sexualization" of girls in contemporary society. Criticism of the film was hypocritical and specious, the argument went, because adult women — like Cardi B, for example — have done the twerking thing for years.
As I said at the time, that's the problem .
As if on cue, here comes this year's Grammy Awards broadcast. It was a new low, even for the sleaze peddlers in the music business.
Professional vulgarian Cardi B got to perform her latest megahit about the way her genitals function during sexual arousal, while humping the floor and intertwining her legs with those of fellow performer Megan Thee Stallion (who did her own share of butt cheek twerking and other niceties in a metallic thong).
Those were the highlights of a show that was "the best ever" — at least according to the (other kind of) movers and shakers in the biz.
Keep in mind: These are the same classes of people who get their panties in a twist (if they're wearing any) over the cultural decay threatened by Mr. Potato Head, Dr. Seuss and Pepe Le Pew. They "canceled" former Mandalorian star Gina Carano for tweeting that her preferred pronouns are "boop/bop/beep." They're now going after "The Talk" star Sharon Osbourne for some nasty remarks she allegedly made about her co-hosts. (If only Sharon would have set her comments to music, she could have been nominated for a Grammy.)
Wait — aren't we supposed to be outraged about the sexual objectification of women? Aren't there calls for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign or face impeachment because of a kiss, a hug, a suggestive joke about a sandwich and the placement of his hand on a woman's back when he greeted her? Isn't this the kind of conduct we're supposed to protest, a la "Cuties," because young girls emulate it, resulting in their sexualization?
Noooooo . According to Planned Parenthood, Black women simulating sex onstage during a prime-time TV broadcast is "using the power of pleasure as a form of resistance"; it's "shifting the culture and influencing conversations" (you know, the ones we're supposed to be having, except when we're not) about "sexuality and body autonomy." (We are being asked to ignore the inconvenient fact that Planned Parenthood makes big bucks aborting the unborn children that result from all the pleasure they're promoting. Or that the majority of Planned Parenthood clinics are in urban areas. Or that Black women represent a disproportionate percentage of the organization's abortion business. Or that the organization was founded by a racist and eugenicist.)
But if all that sexual hypocrisy isn't enough for you, how about the pre- and post-Grammy parties where the famous frolicked — sans masks? (Pssst! Rules are for the little people.) This in California, where Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced that the state won't be "going back to normal" post-pandemic. Do California's politicians or entertainers even remember what "normal" is?
The elites' lies about sexuality are pervasive. But in politics? So many lies, so little time.
This past week, The Washington Post was forced to admit that yet another story it previously published about former President Trump — that countless other media outlets also ran with — was false. No, Trump didn't really ask Georgia election officials to go "find the fraud " after the November election.
Oops. And that very story was cited by Democrats in their second attempt to impeach Trump.
But why should we be shocked?
The claim that the Hunter Biden laptop story was "Russian disinformation" was a lie. The basis for the entire Russiagate investigation of then-newly elected President Donald Trump was a lie — and the FBI knew it and lied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and Congress about it. The basis for the first impeachment — that Trump was baselessly pressuring the president of Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden — was a lie, a lie that was debunked by content on Hunter Biden's laptop. This would be the same laptop that the FBI actually had in its possession during the first impeachment trial but somehow never brought to the attention of Congress.
The lies keep on coming. In President Joe Biden's first address to the nation last week, he said that then-President Trump had met the COVID-19 pandemic with silence, that there was no vaccine plan or rollout before Biden took office. Those were lies. His administration's position that there is no crisis at the border is also a lie, as even Democrats are forced to admit.
What can ordinary people do about any of this?
There are glimmers of hope: Viewership for the Grammys fell more than 50% from last year. That's a ratings disaster, and one that follows the collapse of interest in the Golden Globes; viewership fell more than 60% from 2020, with fewer than 7 million people tuning in.
So, yes, one way to change culture is to starve the beasts that are polluting it.
Politics, however, is a tougher nut to crack. Yes, we can remove incompetent and corrupt politicians via elections. But this assumes that the elections themselves are not wholly corrupted through fraud. True to form, the political class is simultaneously insisting that there was no fraud in 2020 and trying to pass laws that make fraud impossible to prevent or detect.
If they succeed, the possibility of tossing out those who are manipulating the electoral process for political power and personal gain is slim.
And that's the truth.