Unpacking news I have not followed…
So “against my will” I’d heard some peripheral stuff on news and other programs about “Seven words that changed everything” and Kanye West and somebody melting down over it and somehow Trump tweeted things and blah blah blah.
I’d generally ignored it all as I really try to not let the opinions of others influence me. Don’t know where I heard it from but the relevant point is in: “Opinions are like ass holes: Everyone has one and they all stink.”
Well, sometimes things come around so many times it reaches the level of a cultural touch stone and it is important to know what the heck people are referencing so you know what they mean. After a link here (h/t Jon K):
sent me off to (of all places to find a good reference…) a ZeroHedge article:
which contains a very good video discussing just why the “7 words” matter and what has come of it, well, I figured it was time to “Dig Here!” a little and learn something about it. The ZeroHedge article looks at a Marketing concept and applies it to political movements. An interesting thing itself.
Luongo: Trump Crosses The Black Chasm, Ends Democrats
by Tyler Durden
Mon, 08/20/2018 – 00:15
Authored by Tom Luongo,
Do you remember the Zune? I barely do.
Do you remember the iPod? Silly question.
The iPod changed everything.
While the Zune was technically superior in nearly every way to the iPod, the iPod became a phenomenon.
Why? Because Apple focused on how the iPod made your life better.
In marketing there is something called “The Chasm.” It’s an idea put forth by Geoffrey Moore in the early 90’s. Getting 16% market share is easy. There are nearly always one in six people who are willing to adopt the new or different thing.
So, what does all this 16% Chasm stuff have to do with Donald Trump?
After all, he crossed the chasm and won the presidency.
But the chasm Trump needed to cross was a demographic one. Minorities, specifically black voters. And because he did, nothing about our electoral politics will ever be the same.
Rasmussen released a bombshell report on Friday stating that Trump’s support among black voters is now a whopping 36%.
This versus 19% a year ago.
The video there explains it, but expects you to have “followed the plot” more than I had. What were the “7 words” anyway? For a while, I thought it might be the seven in the lead-in to the video. This site looks to have a transcript of the video:
Kanye West And The Utopia Trap
Authored by Tom Luongo,
The Culture War is over. The Marxists lost.
“The Culture War is over. Marxists lost.” would be 7, but the original is 8. Sigh. Must be some other 7 words.
What might these all powerful words be, than can overturn Marxism and Black Dependency in one swift utterance?
The original goes on to detail the lead up to the “7 words”:
After the 2016 election of Donald Trump when Kanye West had his famous meltdown on stage and walked off during a show it was a pivotal moment.
Many saw an enfant terrible throwing a tantrum and crying for attention But I didn’t. I heard a man whose world-view was in flux and causing him real pain.
The kind of pain that changes a man.
It’s a moment when you look at what you’ve built and see it for what it is. In Kanye’s case it wasn’t his art that was the problem, it was the reaction to it. The system supporting it.
He saw the politics and structure of the music industry, rightly, as just another mechanism of social control. He railed against radio, MTV and the rest of the distribution system.
Then eventually gets to a tweet that I’d missed (or missed as important) in the video:
Fast forward to this week when Kanye emerges from his personal 40 days in the desert and tweets out, as Scott Adams said, “Seven Words that Changed Everything.”
I love the way Candace Owens thinks
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 21, 2018
Not knowing who Candace Ownes might be, the importance of it was lost on me. See, you had to have “kept up” on her controversy and “conversion” to have a clue what HIS controversy and conversion was about (or even that it had happened). So who is she? Laced with implicit criticism and using loaded words to imply negative things, the Wiki does give some clue as to “what’s up”.
Seems Candace had been a strident critic of all things Republican and Right Wing; then had a conversion moment. No church hates anyone more than a True Believer who now rejects them. ( Islam even states that those to whom The Koran has been revealed, who then reject it, are to be knocked off…they take their religion very seriously.) Well, it seems Democrats are similarly inclined to “character assassination” of anyone who turns on them. Kanye, by praising Candice, had done just that. From her wiki:
Candace Owens (born 1989) is an American conservative commentator and activist. She is known for her pro-Trump commentary and her criticism of Black Lives Matter and of the Democratic Party. She is the Director of Urban Engagement at the conservative advocacy group Turning Point USA.
Doxing, Gamergate and political transformation
Owens launched SocialAutopsy.com in 2016, a website she said would expose bullies on the Internet by tracking their digital footprint. The proposed site would have solicited users to take screenshots of offensive posts and send them to the website, where they would be categorized by the user’s name. She used crowdfunding on Kickstarter for the website. The proposal was immediately controversial, drawing criticism that she was de-anonymizing (doxing) Internet users and violating their privacy. According to The Daily Dot, “People from all sides of the anti-harassment debate were quick to criticize the database, calling it a public-shaming list that would encourage doxing and retaliatory harassment.” Both conservatives and progressives involved in the Gamergate controversy condemned the website.
So this all ties in with Gamergate (another thing I’d studiously ignored), but it seems Gamers were P.O’s at some feminists trying to make socially appropriate games and harassed them. As I generally avoid harassment controversies as largely fabricated fluff, I’d not followed it, either. The general point being some of the “Boys in mom’s basement” wanted to keep things video-violence friendly and “PC Free Zones”… and did so in very non-PC ways. But it only matters as back story to the move by Candace to make her mark via a SJW Doxing site. Which resulted in Left Wing PC Doxing and harassment of her.
You know what they say: “A conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged”…
Note the highly biased inflammatory language highlighted below. Pointless name-calling / labeling. I’ll intersperse some comments and bold some bits.:
In response, people began doxing Owens. Owens blamed, without evidence, the doxing on progressives involved in the Gamergate controversy. After this, she earned the support of conservatives involved in the Gamergate controversy, including far-right conspiracy theorists and Trump supporters Milo Yiannopoulos and Mike Cernovich. After this, Owens became a conservative, saying in 2017, “I became a conservative overnight… I realized that liberals were actually the racists. Liberals were actually the trolls… Social Autopsy is why I’m conservative”.
Owens said that Social Autopsy was not meant to be a doxing platform and that no one making abusive posts anonymously would be “outed” by name or place of employment. Kickstarter suspended her funding campaign, and the website was never created, despite having created profiles on over 22,000 individuals (per their assertion). The site has since been closed.
I’m going to quote more of the wiki on her, largely just to show how to read through the PC Crap Labels and Slander and see the real information under it. Do note, though, that the “Virtue Signaling Insults” also nicely illustrate the hot buttons to push ;-)
Media and conservative activism
Prior to 2017, Owens ran a website that frequently criticized conservatism and mocked then-candidate Donald Trump. By 2017, she had become prominent in conservative circles for her pro-Trump commentary and for criticizing liberal narratives around structural racism, systemic inequality, and identity politics (the kind of content that her website previously trafficked in).
Nothing like being the target of that kind of smear and “name and shame” crap to wake someone up…
But where did she start from?
In 2015, Owens founded the website Degree180. The website frequently posted anti-conservative and anti-Trump content, including mockery of his penis size. Owens said in one of her postings that it was “good news” that the “Republican Tea Party … will eventually die off (peacefully in their sleep, we hope).” In one article she wrote that the antics of the Tea Party Movement were “bat-shit-crazy”. When Buzzfeed News in May 2018 reported on the anti-Trump content on Degree180, Owens described the Buzzfeed reporter as a “despicable creature” and alleged that Buzzfeed had threatened the former writers of Degree180 (something which Buzzfeed rejects).
So no shrinking violet this one. But a “drive by mugging” by her “peers” resulted in an awakening.
In 2017, Owens began posting politically themed videos to YouTube. She launched Red Pill Black, a website and YouTube channel that promotes black conservatism in the United States.
On November 21, 2017, at the MAGA Rally and Expo in Rockford, Illinois, Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk announced her appointment as their director of urban engagement. Turning Point’s hiring of Owens occurred in the wake of allegations of racism at Turning Point.
Dear Candace: “Welcome to the Dark Side! We have cookies!” ;-)
I suspect she was totally surprised that the “evil racists” of conservative politics were sympathetic, embracing, and validating. Supportive even. Often happens when someone escapes a cult… or escapes the plantation…
Then, the answer I’d been looking for. Given how completely Candace had escaped, and woke up, the vilification of her by her former “peers”, now the Kanye tweet, in that context, makes sense:
In April 2018, Kanye West tweeted “I love the way Candace Owens thinks.” The tweet was met with derision among some of West’s fans.
Welcome to the Dark Side, Kanye! Cookies are on the counter over there… (Watch out for the green chewy ones… some are “magic cookies”… we are not as up-tight as you might have thought ;-)
In May 2018, President Donald Trump stated that Owens "is having a big impact on politics in our Country…She represents an ever expanding group of very smart 'thinkers,' and it is wonderful to watch and hear the dialogue going on…so good for our Country!"
I note in passing that the wiki has “stated” which sure sounds verbal, but puts “scare quotes” around the word “thinkers” as thought to imply Trump was disparaging… or that they are not really thinking. Wonder how he is supposed to have stated the scare quotes?… Then they continue the slander with “fringe” and “far-right” and “alt-right” and…
Owens has appeared on fringe conspiracy websites, such as InfoWars. In 2018, she guest hosted on Fox News. After finding mainstream success, Owens distanced herself from the far-right conspiracy websites, with InfoWars’ Alex Jones saying it “hurt” his “feelings”.
I guess that not having Fox in house the last year or two, and not following InfoWars, really did put a dent in my “cultural engagement”…
Just to show some of the “spice” in what Candace had said, what would cause such venom at her and Kanye:
In May 2018, Owens suggested that “something bio-chemically happens” to women who do not marry or have children, and she linked to the Twitter handles of Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler and Kathy Griffin, saying that they were “evidentiary support” of this theory. Silverman responded, saying “It seems to me that by tweeting this, you would like to maybe make us feel badly. I’d say this is evidenced by ur effort to use our twitter handles so we would see. My heart breaks for you, Candy. I hope you find happiness in whatever form that takes.” Owens responded, accusing Silverman of supporting terrorists and crime gangs.
Personally I’d turn the causality around. Those women who have a dominant nurturing caring side and love children so much that they can not imagine a life without them are different from those who have no such feelings… but in either case, I think Candace “hit a nerve” with them.
By 2017, Owens had become a pro-Donald Trump conservative commentator. The Guardian has described her as “ultra-conservative”, the Daily Beast has described her as “far-right”, the New York Magazine and Columbia Journalism Review described her as “right-wing”, and the Pacific Standard described her as “alt-right.” Prior to 2017, she ran a website that frequently criticized conservatism and mocked then-candidate Donald Trump. She has characterized Trump as the “savior” of Western civilization. She has argued that Trump has neither engaged in rhetoric that is harmful to African Americans nor proposed policies that would harm African Americans.
Golly, agreeing with 1/2 the population that Trumps is doing OK and things are going well for Blacks is “far-right” and “alt-right”? Saying the guy isn’t hurting blacks is a bad thing? Just amazing how far off the edge the Left has become. But once out of that insanity, she saw it for what it was.
Owens did not vote in the 2012 and 2016 elections, saying in June 2018, “his is the first time I’ve been politically inclined and active.”
She has called for the imprisonment of Hillary and Bill Clinton, former FBI director James Comey, and special counsel Robert Mueller, as well as TV anchors such as Jake Tapper, Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper.
Hell hath no wrath like…
Owens is known for her criticism of Black Lives Matter. She has described Black Lives Matter protesters as “a bunch of whiny toddlers, pretending to be oppressed for attention.” Owens has argued that African Americans have a “victim mentality” and often refers to the Democratic Party as a “plantation”. She has argued that the American left “like black people to be government-dependent”. Owens has argued that black people have been brainwashed to vote for Democrats. She has argued that police violence against black people is not about racism. According to The Guardian and the Daily Beast, Owens has referred to police killings of black people as a trivial matter to African Americans.
After the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Owens said that concern over rising white nationalism was “stupid”.
Someone needs to explain to Candace that Truth is a powerful thing, and can only be administered in small doses, lest the SnowFlakes go into profound shock…
Clearly speaking so much truth all in one block is bound to trigger meltdowns, explosive cursing, reflexive rejection, and all sorts of labeling and smearing. ( I wonder if she has had the joy of being called “Racist!!” yet? You just know it must happen some time… she would not be the first Conservative Black to have that mind bending experience… After all, the Democrats have more green cookies than we do ;-)
So Kanye’s “crime” was to look at all that, see the truth in it, have his world view crumble, and be rebuilt; find himself invited in for coffee and a chat, accepted and offered sympathy. Then said the seven words that aligned him with others who had escaped the plantation.
Thus The Left going up in flaming epithets and rampant rage. Someone else “woke up and smelled the coffee” and left the church… But this time someone with a big following.
So the slow drip-drip-drip became a torrent down the river; on the way to being a flood washing over the plantation…
Now I understand the need for the sudden added shouting of “Trump RACIST!!!!” and finding a Black Bimbo to push that narrative (wonder who funded her book deal?… and what the advance was.) Can’t let the rest of the folks on the plantation hear that some escaped, and have a nice job and apartment now, with self respect AND the respect of others. Even white others… and that they have cookies and share ;-)