Buzzfeed Sets Out to Destroy Popular Christian’s Livelihood, Fails – UPDATED December 1, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, unadulterated evil.
UPDATE: It has been confirmed, as if we needed more evidence, that this was nothing but a hit piece intended to create an internet mob that would destroy this couple’s program and livelihood, all because they are Christians. The authorette wrote a nasty tweet about them three days before her hit piece was posted, basically revealing she reviled the hosts over their beliefs.
Leftists always lie. Leftists always project. Leftists always double down.
Interestingly, my mom told me about this at lunch today. I don’t have cable, don’t follow Twitter, find HGTV overrun with sodomites, and in general prefer to actually……you know, fix things up…….rather than spend many hours watching others do so on TV. Having said that, this show “Fixer Uppers” featuring an evangelical Christian couple with a happy marriage, largish family, and successful home-renovation business has been a popular fixture for years. They are up front about their Christianity and their joyfulness is apparently infectious.
Well, the Left hates two things the most in the whole wide universe, Christianity and success, so this obviously could not be permitted to stand. So, click-whoring site Buzzfeed stepped into the breech with an article even many left-wingers are finding atrocious in trying to harm, possibly even destroy this couple by impugning them for attending a church (sect house) whose pastor opposes pseudo-sodo-marriage. This is obviously little but an attempt to both attract hits (the cheapest way) and gin up a progressive outrage mob to try to steal away a little bit of this couple’s happiness and success. Rather what one would expect from the vile, reprehensible, self-loathing creatures who inhabit sites like Gawker, Jezebel, and, yes, BuzzFeed.
Fortunately, there has been a massive backlash, rather like what happened when the Left over-reached and tried to take down the “Duck Dynasty” family. I’m glad there is still some pushback, but it’s not nearly frequent enough, nor on the right things (my emphasis and comments):
So Buzzfeed reporter Kate Aurthur wrote a post about popular HGTV hosts Chip and Joanne Gaines which informed the world that the Gaineses’ have a pastor who is opposed to same-sex marriage. This post had one purpose and one purpose alone: to harm the couple. The post served no news purpose—even Aurthur concedes she never learned the Gaines’ view of same-sex marriage. The post cannot be termed “activism” since it fails at every level to persuade readers of the rightness of the same-sex marriage cause. Even the most generous alternate topic of Aurthur’s post, “Texas pastor opposes same-sex marriage,” is as dog-bites-chew-toy as a news item can be. The only conceivable purpose of targeting the popular television couple in this manner was to cost them viewers and, perhaps, their jobs. [Of course. You will be made to care, and brought to heel. Christianity as a religion with a counter-cultural moral code must be destroyed. I think, however, this kind of over-reach, and the reaction it engenders, actually demonstrates the extreme tenuousness of the Left’s many “successes” in recent years in appearing to radically shift accepted morality. I think that’s why they HAVE to try to gin up outrage mobs and punish innocent people like this, both because it’s who they are, but also to keep people on message and to try to block any counter-revolutionary efforts. I think they know should any serious opposition start to develop, the likelihood for a preference cascade against some of their most recent, egregious revolutionary gains is massive, and growing in the wake of Trump. My parents were absolutely incensed over this attempt at an Alinskyite destruction through “find the target, freeze it, frame it, destroy it.”]
To forestall the protestations, there can be no serious doubt that Aurthur specifically targeted the Gaineses as the object of her post. The headline, subhead, and first, second, third, and fourth paragraphs were solely about the Gaineses, their popular HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” and the fact that they are (gasp!) openly Christian. Only in the fifth paragraph does Aurthur wander into the question of whether gay people will appear on their television show (like with other HGTV programming), and the rest of the piece is about the Gainses’ pastor’s views. [So maybe there aren’t just a whole lot of open devotees of the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah in Waco?]
The word for Buzzfeed publishing this garbage is “harassment.” Even as Aurthur (and her boss) hide behind a pretense of journalistic standards, there is no journalistic content in the piece. The Gainses cannot be blamed for declining to volunteer themselves as victims for Aurthur’s bullying. After years of contemptuous boycotts and Twitter outrage storms directed at individuals and companies over their views on same-sex marriage, harassers like Aurthur have taught many of their victims — reasonably! — to hunker down and say nothing. [Which is also part of the point. Make Christians and others so terrified of the reaction they may engender for publicly espousing what essentially everyone believed even 6-8 years ago is all part of the Leftist game, which shows both its power and its weakness, as there must be an ever-increasing reign of terror for each advance, while resentment against that reign grows and grows]
Worse, harassment will never be a good tool of persuasion. Aurthur presumably supports same-sex marriage and would like more people to join her side of that cultural split. [I don’t think she cares a whit about convincing people to join her side. She thinks because there is supposedly a narrow majority in favor of pseudo-sodo-marriage that her side has won, and only seeks to punish her tribe’s enemies and reinforce her allies] But by targeting the Gaines’ livelihood this way, without even knowing the couple’s views of marriage, Aurthur has made her own cause appear mean and and her publisher petty. Bystanders, watching this little drama can learn but one thing: a perfect stranger with a media platform can try to ruin your livelihood because of religious beliefs she imputes to you, and there isn’t a darn thing you can do about it.
No, Leftists are mean and petty by nature, and since the vast majority of the media is made up of left-wingers, the media is also, of course, filled with similar little jealously vindictive individuals.
Around our little lunch table today, the consensus was that we’re absolutely sick of being called racist, “homophobic,” sexist, and “islamophobic” for absolutely no reason. We concluded the terms have lost all meaning through overuse, and that the Left uses these terms because it is intellectually and morally bankrupt. We were hardly a diverse group, but my mom used to be kinda feminist, and now essentially rejects that label, as the feminism she used to embrace (equality of education and economic opportunity for women) has ceased to need to exist, and has been replaced by a radical man-hating baby-killing Leftism she finds abhorrent.
Ace – who had a fantastic post on the Left’s projection of their collective bigoted hatred when it comes to racism, sexism, and all the other -isms onto their ideological opponents – is recommending #War with organizations that seek to destroy individuals based on nothing more than their not being part of the leftist coalition:
If it’s #War, then let it be #War for all sides; this stupid game of restraint by conservatives where we try to convince people to follow our example by acting “better” than they do is pure foolishness, for a simple reason: They are arrogant and think they need to learn nothing more than they knew in kindergarten, and furthermore, they literally believe you to be subhuman.
In what world does someone who thinks you’re literally subhuman learn “lessons” from you by observing your behavior and then imitating it?
Most of us want the Peace State. I know I do.
But it is foolish in the extreme — foolish to the point of delusion — to continue insisting that a tactic that has a long, long track record of simply not working at all — acting as if one is in the Peace State when one’s enemies have decided to attack you — will lead to the Peace State.
No. Continuing to unilaterally disarm ourselves will lead to further attacks.
If you want to be in the social-war Peace State — as most do — then one must, as one must do in real life, temporarily go into the War State to punish one’s enemies until they are willing to discuss terms and themselves move to the Peace State.
Weakness in the face of aggression is provocative.
Weakness in the face of unceasing harassment is volunteering for this treatment.
To treat kindly those who treat you cruelly is to make oneself an accomplice in one’s own debasement, denigration, and subjugation.
Si vis pacem, para bellum — if you wish peace, prepare for #War.
Of course, this would be a war where, pray God, no one dies, simply a war of ideas, of economics, of rhetoric, and of cultural muscle. It’s always been fought at a marked disadvantage by us on the “right,” as we have productive jobs and families and don’t generally spend 10 years working as paid agitators for some group or other.
But if we want to survive as a nation and as Catholics, we had probably start getting prepared to go to war to retake cultural space in all areas of endeavor, rather than simply run off and try to find some enclave where we can hide and be left in peace to practice our beliefs and possibly be allowed to live rather freely. Because the Left won’t let that happen. They will come after you and me and everyone who disagrees, eventually. War is pretty much the only choice at this point, because the other side demands it, knowing nothing else. It’ s been coming for a long time – had earlier generations of Christians, especially Catholics, done their duty, perhaps this could have been avoided, but it’s too late, now. Having the institutional Church fall to co-option by the Left in the 60s certainly has made resistance difficult, but institutional Church-backing or no, we need to get a lot more serious about how we are going to oppose the Left and even fight them, where necessary, on their own terms. We can see they have absolutely no compunction about destroying the lives of those they perceive as being – even passively, peacefully – their ideological opponents. We are going to have to acquire something like the same willingness, though without the overt vindictiveness and pettiness.
Our best tool is economic. Refuse to do business with left-wingers to the greatest extent possible. Kellogg’s, for instance, is off my list. I won’t go to Sonic because they support Planned Butcherhood. The list is long, but we really need to start amping up who and how much we boycott.
Open to your suggestions.