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Saturday Night Live Hosting Hate: Donald Trump

19 Oct

TrumpI used to think of Saturday Night Live (SNL) as a piece of pop culture that made an attempt at being progressive — to provide humor by shining a light on systemic oppression and the laughter was found in the irony/parody.  While SNL has had its great triumphs and failures in the past 40 years, they have reached a new low by giving the racist, bigoted, misogynistic, homophobe Donald Trump a platform for hate.

One can only assume that NBC and SNL do not care that they continue to push away targeted communities, such as the Latino community, the African-American community, and the LGBTQ community, not to mention people who have shared identities in all of these communities. Of course Trump is an equal-opportunity hater, well-known for his rabid Islamophobia. He revels in perpetuating fear-mongering myths propped up by old white men. If SNL was doing a remount of 9 to 5 and cast Trump as Franklin Hart, I would get that and I could see how that would be funny, albeit type casting.

Trump’s appearance is a remarkable, disgusting reversal of NBC’s earlier actions. When The Hair That Roared made his infamous comments about Mexican immigrants in late June, the network severed all ties with him, stating:

At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values.

I guess the greedy quest for ratings/MONEY is more foundational even than that cornerstone.

Sadly, by giving Trump a platform and so much airtime, I can only assert that NBC and SNL are now colluding with a dominant white, male, heteronormative, discourse that shows nothing but disdain for people outside of that identity. How disappointing. I can only encourage people not to watch SNL and send a message that hosting and promoting HATE just isn’t funny.

President Obama Takes Another Strong Stand for Civil Rights

16 Jun

Fortunately, President Obama is becoming the agent of change we believed in back in 2008.  Never in my lifetime did I ever believe I would witness the President of the United States announce full support for marriage equality–what a huge boost for civil rights and what amazing integrity from our President.

Yesterday, President Obama sent another strong message about civil rights and social justice when he announced that the many illegal immigrants that came to the United States as children will be allowed to remain in the country without fear of deportation and able to work. Since Congressional Republicans have consistently resisted this important program (known as the DREAM Act), it will be implemented through an executive action by the Obama administration.  Well done, Mr. President. I’m sure this really angers all of the homophobes and racists in Alabama and Arizona.

What I find remarkable here and very telling is that President Obama continues to demonstrate his ability to fight for civil rights. He has an established reputation around the world as a strong, intelligent, and admirable leader.  In stark contrast, Mitt Romney stands for the 1%, has signed a pledge against the LGBT community, has been suspiciously quiet around suppressing voter’s rights, and surrounds himself with tea bags that are rancid. In typical Mittbot 2012 fashion, he won’t even make a statement regarding the President’s bold and ethical immigration action. The choice for who to vote for in 2012 seems rather obvious to me.

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