â€śNarcissismâ€ť was the real fuel propelling many of the protestors who participated in the Womenâ€™s March last month, according to comedian and commentator Adam Carolla.
â€śAs you have heard me scream â€” and I will never waiver from this â€” all roads lead to narcissism,â€ť Carolla said this week on the â€śAdam and Dr. Drew Show,” a podcast he does with celebrity physician Drew Pinsky. He was reacting to the protests that took place in cities across the country shortly after Trump’sÂ inauguration.
Carolla explained that while there has always been narcissism, the condition is now â€śrampant,â€ť growing from a phenomenon that â€śused to be reserved for aging starletsâ€ť to one where â€śnow everybody is a narcissist.â€ť
Rather than marching and posting self-congratulatory messages on social media, Carolla said, a more productive outlet might be volunteering at a womenâ€™s shelter or another charity to enact practical change.
â€śYou just schlepping down to the park and listening to what the mayor has to say isnâ€™t really moving the needle,â€ť he said. â€śBut you taking your field of expertise and bringing it to the womenâ€™s shelter, well now thatâ€™s another thing â€” and if youâ€™re doing that then thatâ€™s a good thing.â€ť
Carolla continued, â€śBut I donâ€™t feel like the lions share of you are doing that. I feel like youâ€™re at the park and the way I can tell is thereâ€™s 500,000 people marching in Downtown LA but I donâ€™t go by on Saturday and see a line of volunteers going around the corner for the womenâ€™s shelter or the you-fill-in-the-blank shelter. So I suspect that a large percentage of this is narcissism.â€ť
Carolla went on to express dismay at Trump protesters who instill fear in their children about Trumpâ€™s presidency.
â€śYou are not helping this country but youâ€™re certainly not helping the psyche of your kids, who â€” if they do believe one-tenth of whatâ€™s coming out of your mouth â€” believe there is a target on their back,â€ť he said.
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