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This morning, the day after a shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis took the lives of five innocent people, Marco Rubio is very upset about something. He is very, very upset about the word fuck. Why? Because yesterday, a survivor of that shooting said she "couldn't give a fuck" about Trump's thoughts and prayers.


Earlier this week, Milo Yiannopoulos said, in a text message to reporters at The Observer, "I can't wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight." No stranger to harassing journalists himself, Milo recently got kicked off of Venmo and PayPal for sending $14.88 to Jewish journalist Talia Lavin. The 14 in 1488 refers to the "14 words," a slogan created by white supremacist terrorist David Lane.

"We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."

The 88 means "Heil Hitler," H being the 8th word of the alphabet. Very classy!

Milo has since said that this statement about how much he wanted to kill journalists was supposed to be a private troll to journalists he did not like. He has also previously tried to explain that anti-Semitism in the alt-right is simply adorable, whimsical trolling, like how metal heads in the '80s yelled "Hail Satan!" but were not actual Satanists. This is, of course, bullshit.

On Instagram (see top of post!), along with a ridiculous glamour shot of himself, Milo attempted to explain that he was not at all responsible for any of this, rather it was the journalists who were wrong for having published it in the first place.

Whether or not the shooter was actually directly inspired by Milo's words doesn't matter. Whether he meant them as a "troll" doesn't matter. The fact that he felt this was a perfectly fine thing to say, a perfectly fine thing to wish for -- that matters. The fact that he thought it was an OK thing to say to journalists matters.

It matters that Trump has repeatedly referred to the media as "the enemy of the American people."

It matters that NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch has said she'd love to see journalists get curb-stomped.

Curb-stomping, for those of you who may not know, is a form of assault that originated with the Gestapo in Nazi Germany and later became very popular among Neo-Nazi skinheads in the '80s and '90s -- as well as a scene from American History X that still gives me nightmares. It involves forcing someone to bite down on the curb of a sidewalk, and then stomping on their head with steel-toed boots. It is not a thing you hear a lot of non-literal Nazis talking about.

It matters that people at Trump rallies were wearing shirts reading "Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required." and thinking it was cute.

It matters that the shooter, Jarrod Ramos, previously told the Capital Gazette that referring to Donald Trump as "unqualified" could end badly for them.

This kind of rhetoric -- and the fact that people on the Right are so casual about it to the point where they don't understand why anyone would possibly think there was anything wrong with it, inures people to the idea of hurting journalists. It emboldens people like Jarrod Ramos, who already have their own grievances with the press. Listening to that rhetoric, he had every reason to believe that he would be hailed as a hero for his actions.

These people think it is perfectly fine to talk about murdering and assaulting journalists regularly, and yet they recoil in horror when Maxine Waters suggests peacefully protesting Trump administration officials over their policy of tearing children away from their families. Or, you know, people saying the word "fuck." They want to be able to say these things and then be patted on the head for being adorable, mischievous scamps.

It no longer matters -- if it ever did -- if these people think they're just innocently "trolling." If they wanted only their precious lulz. They don't get their motherfucking lulz anymore. They are adults, they are responsible for their words and actions, and no one cares if they only said they wanted to see journalists murdered or curb-stomped, or repeated Nazi propaganda, because they just wanted to "own the libs." They can fuck right off with that. Don't say you want to see journalists murdered unless you actually want to see journalists murdered. Don't say you want to see journalists murdered and then clutch your pearls and go "How dare you say I really meant that! I just wanted my lulz! I'm politically incorrect! That means I get to say what I want and no one gets to hold me responsible for it! Teehee!"

Meanwhile, they continue to be very upset at our "incivility."

Fuck their lulz. Fuck their trolling. Fuck their "political incorrectness." Fuck their false equivalencies. People are dead, it's time for this shit to end.

[ ABC News]

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Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.


Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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