Opinion: Stroll with me through the worst recent takes Hall of Fame

by Peter Heck · Jun 4th, 2020 8:23 am
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I don't mean to suggest that it's an easy prospect to compile any kind of conclusive list of the internet's worst responses to the recent social upheaval we've witnessed on the streets of American cities. To be sure, there are a ton to choose from.

But some are just so bad, so totally devoid of self-awareness, so tone-deaf they are in a class by themselves.

Let's start in Virginia. You know who everyone needed to hear from about race relations? Governor Blackface himself, Ralph Northam.

In case you've forgotten, this is the same guy who couldn't explain why exactly he appeared in public like this:

After his awful non-explanation, his entire Democrat Party seemed to turn on him, demanding he step down for his insensitivity. Then it came out that the next two in succession appeared to many to be a racist and perhaps a rapist respectively. The next legitimate choice for the job happened to be a Republican, and so all the Democrats running Virginia just forgot about it all and moved on.

You'd think that might be enough to keep Ralph from wading into racial discussions going forward. But never underestimate the shamelessness of politicians.

And ditto that when it comes to journalists. Back a few weeks ago when we were all going to die from COVID-19, The Atlantic ran a particularly pleasant piece by some lady named Amanda Mull. Amanda was, let's call it "concerned," about Georgia's plans to re-open. So much so that she titled the article:

Now, this obviously had nothing to do with the fact that Georgia has a Republican governor that Democrats have been attempting to undermine for years. No, this is Amanda's sincere and legitimate concern about the mortal danger of people forced to interact in public. That's why when the riots hit the streets, Amanda was quick to pump out this gem:

Don't go looking for that tweet in her history, by the way. For some reason she deleted it.

But just when Amanda might have thought she had secured top honors, a new contender came out of nowhere to snatch victory from her grasp.

After all, you can't tell me that when you're looking for a voice of moral clarity, particularly when it comes to issues relating to human rights, you don't find yourself asking, "I wonder what the Chinese think?" WWCD? has become a common moral guidepost for the world, especially after they brilliantly unleashed a global pandemic, hoarded supplies to treat it, and lied about it so effectively that almost 400,000 have died. That kind of performance is tough to beat, and it just demands respect of anyone looking for ethical guidance.

Thankfully the Chinese were ready to provide just that to us:

Incidentally, 1 million Uyghur Muslims, 1 million Tibetans, and countless Christians were mysteriously unavailable for comment.


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