If you have ever seen Jeff Foxworthy perform, you know his trademark is “You might be a Redneck if …” comedy monologue. In one of his comedy shows, Foxworthy talked about the news media that descends upon weather ravaged areas to interview residents about the ordeal. His claim, made in jest, is the news media finds the first individual who is walking through knee deep water holding an umbrella over his head. His point is the news media chooses an individual who “looks” dumb, is doing something dumb, and has the potential of saying something dumb during the interview.
If you have ever watched ABC’s The View, you are probably aware this show is an estrogen-filled studio of self-declared feminists, some half-famous that only tolerates those with a similar view to stay or be a guest. Case in point was Friday’s show with guest Lena Dunham. Dunham, a not particularly talented comedienne or actress, stated during the show that “being that ‘a part of feminism’ is almost ‘like being a parent’ and that white women who voted for Donald Trump need to be enlightened ‘with the rhetoric of self-empowerment’.” Really, you can’t make this stuff up. Here is someone who pretends to be intelligent trying to speak to intelligent women on their “failings” in voting for Donald Trump. Yet, this indecent woman supported an individual running for the office of the president who is a criminal. Talk about someone needing to be enlightened, it would be Dunham.
According to the partial transcript provided by Breitbart, this is the exchange on The View.
DUNHAM: I think it’s really important to remember that it is an incredible problem that 53% of women in this country — 53% of white women in this country voted for Donald Trump which means that they’re not only voting against the interests of their sisters, of women who may not look like them, who they may not understand but whose rights are just as important, but also remember that they are in that case voting against their own best interest. To me a part of feminism — it’s almost like being a parent to a teenager where they’re so mad at you, they think you’re such a piece of crap and you’re like, I know you hate me right now but the reason I’m doing this is because I love you and I want us all to be safe.
BEHAR: But those women to their defense believe he’s going to bring back jobs, a lot of them, because they’re voting for their husbands and their family. How do you respond to that?
DUNHAM: I think what’s really hard, obviously it pains me as a caucasian women to think about how many women didn’t think about women who looked different or had different life experiences than them. They didn’t look outside their own back yard when they made the choice to vote for Donald Trump.
BEHAR: In their own back yard there are no jobs.
DUNHAM: But what I was going to say is that —
FARIS: Without food on the table it’s hard for them to see another perspective when they’re clearing no money and to pay for their healthcare. Do you know what I’m saying?
DUNHAM: I’m sorry to interrupt you. I was raised not to do that.
FARIS: No, no no I’m sorry. I actually interrupted you. I’m sorry.
DUNHAM: I think it’s really important–Of course I understand what you’re saying. I also think it’s really important to understand so many women aren’t raised with the rhetoric of self-empowerment. The messages they’re hearing from Donald Trump may be very similar to the messages they’ve always heard from their fathers, from their brothers, from their husbands. They haven’t been given the message that they do matter. And so, while I think we have an incredible amount of work to do with enlightening those women, I also have sympathy for the societal structures that keep them from understanding what they need to keep themselves safe.
Interesting the phrase Dunham uses — the rhetoric of self-empowerment. If one looks at the definition of “rhetoric,” the word means “language that is intended to influence people and that may not be honest or reasonable.” Another tenet of rhetoric is it contains “undue use of exaggeration or display” specifically in speech and/or writing. When it comes to “self-empowerment,” the last thing anyone needs is language that is dishonest or unreasonable. Moreover, when talking anything regarding “self,” no one can give it to you nor convince you to have a quality you do not possess. To be self-empowered also means to have healthy self-esteem; however, no one can give you self-esteem or convince you to have it. You have to give it to yourself in order to possess it.
Now, what makes any of these individuals think Lena Dunham is some type of “expert” or authority on women’s issues as well as “self” anything? Jane Blow on the street has as much knowledge as this untalented comedienne/actress. Basically, Dunham is calling 53% of women traitors to “their sisters” aka other women. She then states to be a “feminist” is akin to being a “parent.” In fact, this is exactly how she is coming across.
If you have taken any communications course, you learn there are several different communication styles. You learn that three of these are Parent, Adult, and Child. Dunham, instead of communicating Adult to Adult, is choosing to communicate as Parent to Child. It is her form of communication that closes off many from listening to her drivel. And, who is she to tell women they are voting against their own best interest? That is her opinion, as a Parent, who is giving instructions to the Child.
How many women actually identify as a feminist? Listen to Milo Yiannopoulos speak and the statistic he cites is only one in five women identify as feminist. It isn’t a majority. Yet, this minority of women want to tell other women how to think, how to vote, what men think about them (which may be false), and what the male members of their family think about them. If that isn’t enough, Dunham claims that women who voted for Trump “didn’t look outside their own back yard when they made the choice.” Now, who is Dunham again to be able to determine exactly why 53% of women voted for Trump and declare women should vote “for other women” when that may not be best for the woman voting?
It is likely that the 53% of women who voted for Trump doesn’t watch the “entertainment” show The View anyway. But, does Dunham actually believe that voting for a woman just because of being a woman is voting wisely? Does she believe that voting for a woman who is a criminal is voting for the “representative” of the female population? Is it any wonder that men as well as some women detest feminism and feminists?
The ratings for this show have to be good or ABC would pull the plug. Why it has good ratings, who knows?
But, it is interesting that women who hold opposing views do not last long as hosts and very few appear as guests. These women only want to “look in the mirror” asking “who’s the fairest” to be told a lie. The cognitive dissonance is strong with these females. What is really pathetic is none of these “hosts” know diddly squat about the Constitution, its meaning or what it does in order to speak intelligently and factually about what is occurring in politics and government. Those tuning in to watch these “hacks” receive false information, partial facts, and skewed interpretations based in nothing but supposition and whimsical fantasy.
Jane Blow Constitutionalist would never be asked to appear as a guest because the hosts’ heads would explode when faced with facts. In fact, when Barbara Walters was a co-host, Joy Behar and Whoopie Goldberg walked off the studio set when a guest made the comment that it was inappropriate for a Mosque to be constructed on the former World Trade Center site where terrorists hijacked then directed planes to crash into the twin tower killing over 3,000 innocent Americans. These two could not grasp the simple concept of “slapping survivors and families of victims in the face” by allowing Muslims to build a Mosque on the site, which would be a sign as a type of “conquest” by the practitioners of Islam over infidels. Behar and Goldberg, who had little regard for survivors and the families of victims, believed a Mosque should have been built on the site if Muslims asked for it. They totally negated the fact that the site of the World Trade Center became a grave for thousands that families might want to visit as well as a memorial for those survivors to help them deal with surviving when so many were murdered.
If viewers took this show for what it is, entertainment, instead of information dissemination, and half-formed opinions instead of fact, these estrogen filled social justice warrior hacks would not be spouting complete nonsense. Even truly reading the title of the show should signal it is nothing but entertainment. And, the cement on being entertainment is the hosts themselves as well as the guests appearing they qualify as “experts,” but who are nothing more than untalented half-famous dinghies.
As a footnote and aside, yes, I am using descriptive adjectives to describe these individuals that could be identified as “name-calling.” Those who have held an opposing opinion to mine have done plenty of it with approval and urging for more by the sycophants on that side. So, they can get a dose of their own medicine. Don’t like it; don’t do it.