Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly
Things I learned from this argument:
1. So, all people opposed to a mono-religious holiday season are anti-religious
2. If the people “diminishing Christmas” are anti-religious, and no one has declared a “War on Chanukah” or “War on Kwanza,” then Christmas must logically be the only legitimately religious holiday of this season.
I love the War on Christmas.
Dick Morris, Fox News correspondent and former Clinton advisor, solidifying Fox’s place as a political organization
Jon Stewart, taking on Fox News’ yearly “War on Christmas” segments
Watch the entire clip here, it is worth it.
Yes! Deactivation was a freak accident, but we are back!
Maybe not an exit speech?
New Gingrich, former Fox News contributor and current presidential race contender,
digging an even bigger holedefending his controversial statements on child labor laws.
Is he actually serious?
Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld with the unabashed homophobia of the day on The Five.
There won’t be any breakfast, so it will just be beds. It would be highly successful.
Newt Gingrich, former Fox News contributor and current presidential candidate
This surprised me as well.
#Worked the Obama campaign in 2008
#Republican candidates are a circus show
#Why does he have to be anti-abortion and support the Keystone XL pipeline
Greg Gutfeld on Fox News’ The Five
Things I learned from this argument:
1. Only on Christmas does one receive food and presents
2. Christmas is not multicultural
3. Non-white people are invasive and scary
4. Christmas is the only legitimate holiday during the winter season, excluding Haunukah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, Eid-al-Adha, and Winter Solstice.
5. Greg Gutfeld is an idiot.
Bill O’Reilly, as quoted in Politico’s “Herman Cain’s Fox Problem Revisited”
Four accusations of sexual harassment and a 13 year affair = some Internet crazy thing
Yesterday, someone called me a Slactivist. This was in response to a Facebook post about Indigenous People’s Remembrance Day (instead of Thanksgiving) and the irony of people camping out for Twilight and Black Friday without incident or pepper spray. I don’t think that any of these things are specifically untrue or controversial, as camping out for Black Friday and Twilight occurred and no one was arrested, and indigenous people should be thought of on Thanksgiving. Either way, the point is that apparently this comment constitutes Slactivism, which, according to Wikipedia, involves things like “signing Internet petitions, joining a community organization without contributing to the organization’s efforts, copying and pasting of Social Network statuses or messages or altering one’s personal data or avatar on social network services” or donating to a charity.
By these guidelines, sure, my Facebook status constitutes slacktivism. However, I can’t really have huge problems with that, because I have even bigger problems with the fact that slactivism is even a named and branded perjorative that is used to belittle people, especially young people, by “activists,” or people who just disagree with them. So, here, Tumblr, is a brief overview of why I hate the term and idea of slactivism.
First, slactivism insinuates that there is a correct way to be politically or socially active. This is incredibly false. We can probably mostly agree that when we post a Facebook status or reblog a picture from Occupy Wall Street, we don’t feel as politically involved as the people there. However, I’m not sure that this is a problem warranting belittlement. So many people, especially young people, are not politically involved, and the continued development of technology is starting to change that. Is tweeting your support the same thing as standing amidst Cairo protestors? Obviously not, but now somewhere some 16 year old boy on his computer knows what is going on. And, even for a minute, he cares about it, enough to tell someone else who didn’t know. That person probably cares too, and so the cycle continues. The purposeful spreading of news, support, and information- why isn’t this activism? Why should we tell people that there is a correct way to be an activist, and then shun or mock them when they can’t fulfill that role? Who decides what activism is, and why should we disenfranchise people who, maybe for the first time, feel activism in their own lives, in whatever form?
Secondly, slactivism is a privileged term. Activism, as seen through the lenses of those so quick to cry slactivism, is a privilege. It is cost-prohibitive. It is dangerous. It is often racist, classist, sexist and heteronormative. I admire from the deepest parts of my heart those people camped out in New York and all over the country, many of them who are there despite these conditions. They are better people than I am, better citizens, and I admit that. My life as it currently stands does not allow me to partake in continued activism that like without serious repercussions for myself and my family. You can call me scared, or not married to the cause, or a coward, or a slactivist, but it doesn’t change the fact that I must do what I can with what I have right now.
So I blog. I work for political campaigns and non-profits. I phone bank. I post Facebook statuses! I protest. I write op-eds. I vote (seriously…go vote.) I understand that these things are small-scale and they in no way compare to the people putting literally their lives on the line in the streets for their rights. Those people are undeniably activists. They are my heros. When I can, I join them. However, I do not think it is fair to classify those who are not participating similarly as slacktivists. There is activism in everyday life, in multiple forms. I perform my gender and sexual expression as an act of political resistance. Someone puts a Ron Paul 2012 sticker on their car. A mother wears a “Bring the Troops Home” pin to work. A boy posts a political rally video on Tumblr. You sign a petition, you donate to a cause, you spread the word. In my eyes, this is also activism. This is political participation, and it matters! Why should we belittle these small gestures, when little by little they add up, they encourage, they spread news and information, they start campaigns, they start revolutions. Why are we so hell bent on political activism by ideal standards, when the cold hard truth it, not everyone can or will meet them?
Activism is everywhere, large and small, loud and quiet, public and private. We should embrace this, because when we don’t, we fight against our own causes, our own people, and our own voices.
#tradition #nom #happy thanksgiving!
Fox News correspondent Neill Cuvato to PETA spokesperson Lindsay Rajt, discussing PETA’s controversial billboard likening eating turkey on Thanksgiving to eating a domesticated dog.
War on Thanksgiving, War on Christmas, War on Easter, War on Halloween. Apparently no one is allowed to post offensive billboards unless they are Christian, because I saw at least three “Homosexuality is a sin,” “Jesus Saves,” and “Prepare to Meet Your Maker,” billboards on the way home.