Things That Are Now Off-Limits Because Of The Alt-Right
If you enjoy cartoon frogs, New Balance shoes, traditional architecture, or milk, you may just be an alt-right bigot, at least according to some prominent members of the media.
In order to help prevent readers from inadvertently expressing the wrong opinion, The Daily Caller News Foundation has assembled a list of items and activities best avoided if one wishes to remain in the good graces of the media and liberal elites.
The Movie “Death Wish”
The media slammed director Eli Roth’s film “Death Wish,” starring Bruce Willis, as “racist” and catering to the alt-right in August 2017.
“In moving the setting [from New York] to Chicago, a city where gun violence is both well-documented and highly politicized, and setting the trailer to ‘Back in Black’, the remake tips its hand: 2017’s ‘Death Wish’ comes off as a work of cowardice and opportunism,” author Joshua Rivera said in GQ, “piggybacking off hard-right fear-mongering and a government that’s completely and utterly disingenuous in its rhetoric about violent crime when nationwide, crime rates — despite rises in cities thanks to mass shootings like the Pulse massacre in Orlando — remain historically low.”
Alan Zilberman, a writer for The Washington Post and Salon, said “alt righters will have an erection” because of the apparently “fascist” nature of the film.
The Term “Cosmopolitan”
CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta criticized President Donald Trump’s immigration proposal at a Wednesday White House briefing, suggesting that the proposal conflicted with the Statue of Liberty’s claim that America would take “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.” In response, Stephen Miller, a policy adviser for Trump, said that Acosta had a “cosmopolitan bias.”
Ruth Ben-Ghiat of CNN labeled “cosmopolitan” the “loaded word of the week,” making similar fascist and communist parallels while calling Miller “something of an alt-right whisperer.”
Politico linked “cosmopolitan” to antisemitism throughout history.
“One reason why ‘cosmopolitan’ is an unnerving term is that it was the key to an attempt by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin to purge the culture of dissident voices. In a 1946 speech, he deplored works in which ‘the positive Soviet hero is derided and inferior before all things foreign and cosmopolitanism that we all fought against from the time of Lenin, characteristic of the political leftovers, is many times applauded.’ It was part of a yearslong [sic] campaigned aimed at writers, theater critics, scientists and others who were connected with ‘bourgeois Western influences.’ Not so incidentally, many of these ‘cosmopolitans’ were Jewish, and official Soviet propaganda for a time devoted significant energy into ‘unmasking’ the Jewish identities of writers who published under pseudonyms.”
Pepe the Frog
“The unwitting face of the alt-right movement,” according to Vox.com, a “hate symbol,” according to the Anti-Defamation League, and “a symbol associated with white supremacy,” according to Hillary Clinton, Pepe the Frog is a widely-used meme that the left denounced as bigoted after internet trolls deliberately tied it to extremist positions.
“We basically mixed Pepe in with Nazi propaganda, etc,” Twitter user @JaredTSwift told The Daily Beast in May 2016. “We built that association.” (RELATED: Here’s How Two Twitter Pranksters Convinced The World That Pepe The Frog Meme Is Just A Front For White Nationalism)
When writer Ian Miles Cheong defended Pepe the Frog in a 2016 Heat Street article, the website’s former editor, Louise Mensch, followed up with an article of her own, entitled, “Hillary Clinton is absolutely right, ‘Pepe’ meme is Antisemitic – An apology.”
WikiLeaks unveiled that Mensch had written an advertisement for Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Wendy’s came under fire in January 2017 for tweeting out a mashup of its red-haired mascot and Pepe, with The Verge publishing an article entitled “Why Wendy’s tweeted an anti-Semitic hate symbol dressed as its mascot.” The fast-food chain later deleted the tweet and apologized, stating that the employee who tweeted it “did not know the meems [sic] new meaning.”
Fusion journalist Emma Roller slammed the “OK”-hand gesture as racist in April 2017 after she spotted 2 pro-Trump media figures displaying it at the White House.
Others that have displayed the sign include former President Barack Obama, comedian Hasan Minhaj, and actor Mr. T. (RELATED: The Shimshock Show Ep. 3: Meet The Newest Racist Hand Gesture [VIDEO])
Media also ran with headlines tying milk to the alt-right after a viral video from Shia LaBoeuf’s “He Will Not Divide Us” protest and alt-right figureheads Richard Spencer and Tim Treadstone added a milk emoji to their Twitter profiles.
The Forward and Metro News ran with headlines “Got Nazis? Milk is new symbol of racial purity for white nationalists” and “Secret Nazi code kept hidden by ‘milk’ and ‘vegan agenda.’”
Journalist Amanda Kolson Hurley conflated the NRA and InfoWars commentator Paul Joseph Watson with the alt-right after the two sources published video criticizing modern architecture and favoring traditional architecture.
Hurley suggests that “elements of the far right are deliberately making architecture a front in the Trump-era culture wars” in an editorial entitled “Why is the alt-right so angry about architecture?”
New Balance Shoes
“The Obama administration turned a deaf ear to us and frankly, with President-elect Trump, we feel things are going to move in the right direction,” American shoemaker New Balance said, referring to Trump’s stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in a November 2016 interview with The Wall Street Journal.
In response to this remark, people burned their New Balance shoes, trashed them, or attempted to flush them down the toilet.
New Balance is feeling the burn after its vice president of public affairs welcomed Donald Trump’s win pic.twitter.com/cgenMZYRn1
— The Guardian (@guardian) November 15, 2016
Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer hailed New Balance as “the official shoes of white people,” an announcement which led to New Balance feeling compelled to reject hate and bigotry.
“New Balance does not tolerate bigotry or hate in any form,” the company said in a statement, before proceeding to boast of its employment of individuals with diverse identities.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper associated the alt-right with The Daily Caller and TheDCNF after the latter two outlets published pieces in which former NSC officials alleged that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster opposed Trump on “everything.”
“The alt-right/alt-light attacks on McMaster are joined by former NSC aides slamming him to Daily Caller,” said Tapper. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: ‘Everything The President Wants To Do, McMaster Opposes,’ Former NSC Officials Say)
Breitbart had previously published articles detailing reports alleging that McMaster had become “increasingly volatile” and that the adviser was “deeply hostile to Israel and Trump.” Blogger Mike Cernovich also shared a cartoon depicting a hand labeled “Rothschild” controlling a puppet George Soros, which in turn controlled McMaster. The Anti-Defamation League described the cartoon as “blatantly anti-Semitic.”
You, the reader, now have 30 seconds to delete your offending tweets, disavow, and swear fealty to the almighty MSM before you end up the next HanA**holeSolo. (RELATED: ‘Extremely Unethical’ – CNN Draws Backlash After Threatening To ID Reddit User Behind Trump’s WWE Video)
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