This is Philip Wyeth. Pretty ecstatic right now that the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax story’s falling apart. Why? Because on the night of the alleged attack, I wrote this on Twitter in response to the claim that the people who attacked him said, “This is MAGA country!”
I wrote, “This is Egg-On-Your-Face country.” Millions of credulous fools allowing themselves to be whipped into a Pavlovian frenzy by media manipulators. But ‘the feels’ of virtue signaling are
too good to resist.”
Now here we are, two, three weeks later, and it’s all falling apart in outrageous fashion. Every day some new ridiculous detail is coming out. Will this guy take the fall? Will he go to prison? Or will it just be one of those things where in the media, “He needs to take some time for himself, he needs to go to rehab”?
And there would be no consequences for what? Essentially slandering white people, Republicans, Trump supporters.
But what gets me about this whole Smollett thing is it reminds me of the Ice Bucket Challenge a few years ago. Who had the courage to resist doing that stupid shit? You know, it took on a life of its own, and so every friend, every co-worker, every relative kept retweeting or forwarding the Facebook videos of them taking it, and “I challenge you.”
And this time it was the celebrities, the politicians, the media pouncing on this story dujor about some sort of hate crime. How many of these high-profile people are now gonna post, “Hey, I was wrong. I had the Fox Mulder reaction from X-Files. I want to believe.”
They all wanted to believe that this crime was true because it allowed them to believe in their
narrative, and then do some sort of public display of… reconciliation, lecturing, self-righteousness about, “We need to have that conversation.”
But now that it’s all falling apart and proving to be a lie… No, we need to have this conversation, where jerks like me, assholes like me who called it out—because my spidey sense was correct weeks ago—I was the one who was right.
Yeah, I’m a straight white guy who called bullshit on it the day of, while all of you got to pat each other on the back for weeks because you’re part of this self-righteous, progressive, forward-thinking—allegedly—movement. When in truth it was all a lie.
How many other hate hoaxes have been a lie since the 2016 election? Remember the Muslim girl who said that guys in MAGA hats ripped off her hijab? Turns out she was late for her curfew and didn’t want to get her dad mad. And when she went into court a few days later, her head had been shaved by her father for lying to him! Where were you calling him out for his toxic masculinity?
We’re not even two months into the year and we’ve had a handful of these events that, on the surface were one thing, which made straight white males for the most part look bad—and then when the real story came out, it was anything but us who did it. When will you learn? Or because you’re part of this axis of the education, media, entertainment matrix you never face consequences for your incorrect assumptions. Your slanders, your lies.
How much money has the Chicago Police Department wasted that could have been spent on tracking down real criminals, chasing down this lie? How many times are you allowed to bear false witness against your political enemies before you face real-life consequences, and not just a retraction or a correction on page 28 of the newspaper?
And all of the websites like TMZ, New York Times, Good Morning America on TV, who made money on this story, promoting it, not doing their due diligence on the facts. Do you have to return that money, or maybe donate it to a charity in the same way that a celebrity or politician gets in trouble has to essentially give money to some organization that is tangentially related to the party they aggrieved?
I think at the root of this we can track down conformity as being one of the worst afflictions of modern American life. And it’s particularly evident among the political Left, because they’re in this arms race of going along to get along.
I remember when I was at a cigar shop last year and there was one man I was talking to, probably around my age, late thirties, smart guy, a lawyer. And he was saying something to the effect of, “change equals progress.”
And I disagree, and here’s two examples why. Let’s say you lose your arm in a car accident. That is a change, but that is not progress. You find out you have a tumor on your arm. Again, that is a change but that is not progress.
My guess is that even if Jussie Smollett did some kind of perp walk press conference, like Tiger Woods did years ago, the true believers who tweeted about this, wrote articles about it, held rallies about it… They just will not be able to back down and let it go. They are too invested in this narrative.
You just can’t reason with people or so bought into a certain ideology, narrative, group hug mentality that they are not capable of healthy skepticism, common sense, or just waiting to see how things play out. Because the rewards are instant in the Twitter, Instagram, Facebook world.
The bottom line is that the people who are skeptical and had to hold out, hold the line for the past few weeks and are now proven right tonight—all you’ve done is reduced the level of patience or pity we would have for such stories.
“The Boy Who Cried Wolf” is a fable that has stood the test of time for a reason. And it’s now not just the boy who cried wolf, because we can’t assume his gender! But it’s basically an ideology that has cried wolf, a mob that has cried wolf.
And I just think that if you keep trying to pull these things over the next couple of years, you’re taking us to the breaking point. And you really don’t want to see what happens when we get that glaze over our eyes and we just don’t care anymore what you think.
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Video was originally uploaded on February 16, 2019.