The Daily Caller’s alphabetical tour de force showing that absolutely everything is racist rolls unstoppably forth.
Here are half a dozen things beginning with the letter ‘H’ that somebody, somewhere has deemed racist.
In April, after Avril Lavigne released a video for her single “Hello Kitty,” The Daily Beast — among others — accused the Canadian pop star of the crime of “cultural appropriation” because the video showed Lavigne traipsing around Tokyo with some Japanese backup singers. Sushi and candy are involved. “[W]hat does Hello Kitty really mean?” the sad and confused writer at The Daily Beast actually asks at one point amid over 1,000 words.
Any criticism of Michelle Obama — for her excessive vacations, say, or for her insistence on awful-tasting school lunches — is likely to be met with charges of racism. The same goes for criticism that could maybe, possibly include the first lady. Back in May, CNN host Don Lemon became furious with his colleague Matt Cain after Cain suggested that the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag is utterly pointless. After Cain criticized “cheap hashtag activism when it comes to the girls with Boko Haram,” Lemon called it a “dog whistle” directed at Michelle Obama, according to The Right Scoop.
In a 2010 post at some website called Feministe, Harvard Law School graduate Diane Lucas called her alma mater racist because, she said, “Harvard Law breeds a racially tense environment, which often culminates in ‘race wars.'” Hilariously, her argument — such as it can be generously described as an argument — consists of a few highly isolated vignettes spread over several years.
President Barack Obama’s middle name is Hussein. Saying so is racist. “[R]eminding everyone that Barack Obama has, not just a scary foreign-sounding name, but a scary, foreign and Islamic sounding name which is the same as that nasty dictator plays really well with a Republican audience,” the New Statesman has proclaimed breathlessly. The Daily Caller notes that the New Statesman reminded everyone that Barack Hussein Obama’s middle name is Hussein in the processing of calling others racist for recalling the middle name Hussein.
At the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic school in St. Paul, Minn. with a fancy Muslim prayer room, an end-of-the-year Hump Day camel appearance was canceled because some students complained that the event would be racially offensive to cultures of the Middle East. “[T]his program is dividing people and would make for an uncomfortable and possibly unsafe environment,” said a school spokeswoman, according to Campus Reform.
During the 2012 presidential election, when leftists everywhere had themselves convinced that Mitt Romney was some kind of vile demon, Yahoo! sacked its Washington bureau chief, David Chalian, after he asserted on a live broadcast that Romney and his wife Ann were unconcerned about the fate of New Orleans residents then being hit by Hurricane Isaac. “They aren’t concerned at all,” Chalian says on tape. “They are happy to have a party with black people drowning.” Don’t feel bad for Chalian, though. He landed on his feet. Just last month, CNN promoted Chalian to the position of political director.
In case you’ve missed any letters so far:
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