This past week, Twitter silenced James Woods–an outspoken, smart and often very funny conservative voice on social media. His crime? Retweeting and then commenting upon a satirical meme that very, very plausibly mocked the progressive left.
Woods noted in his tweet that the meme that he retweeted was probably not a (real) thing. In other words, there really is no movement seeking to persuade nerdy white men to not vote.
See his tweet at this link. Woods wrote, [emphasis added to quotes]
Pretty scary that there’s a distinct possibility that this could be real. Not likely, but in this day and age of absolute liberal insanity, it is at least possible …
Woods indicates quite clearly that the meme is likely fake, not real, in other words, satire and parody. Note that Woods actually said that it would be pretty scary if it were real, so in no way is he advocating for nerdy white males to forego voting.
I would disagree with him on that point. It would be very satisfyingly reassuring, at least to me, to think that white-guilt-prone progressive males might actually, in their misguided lunacy, refrain from voting to keep from outvoting women. The fewer progressives voting, the better, in my opinion. If they choose not to vote for some politically correct reason, then far be it from me to argue with them.
Anyway, the mocking meme reads:
We’re making a Woman’s Vote
Worth more by staying home.
#Let Women Decide. #No men midterms.
It’s funny. It’s apt. It’s on point. It’s political reality, even if the mocking meme is parody.
Just this week, a Democrat Congresswoman from Hawaii ordered men to
Just shut up …
In Progressive World, progressive-minded whites are often defined as little more than “allies” of persons of color or of anyone else from a “protected category,” to borrow a phrase from Twitter’s arcane rules.
As such, white allies are frequently put in their place as second-class people and told to just
Shut up and listen.
Considering that whites are constantly being told by progressives to shut up, because they have white privilege and have talked enough already, is it a stretch to imagine that progressives might before long take the next step and ask white men to not even vote?
It’s a logical progression for progressives. It’s easy right now to find articles on the Web proposing that white men shouldn’t be allowed to vote, or that white people shouldn’t be allowed to vote, or that black votes should count for 5/3 of every white vote, or that men shouldn’t be allowed to vote.
So it’s not a stretch to believe that there exist today progressives who might actually propose something like “no men midterms” so that women get to decide about everything.
Such a concept is begging for political parody, which is exactly why that meme was created and why it so aptly skewers the skewed “logic” of extant progressive “movements.”
But why did Twitter freeze James Woods’s account until he knuckles under to Twitter’s authoritarian rules and deletes his tweet (which is from more than two months ago, by the way, and is only just now being censored as the election nears? One might suspect they want to shut James Woods up now, during the election campaigns.)
Twitter claims they got a report (from a progressive Brown Shirt, no doubt) that the tweet
includes text and imagery that has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.
Think about that for a moment. The text and imagery has the potential to be misleading and that could impact an election. The potential to mislead, which could impact an election. So anything that some people may potentially be misled by, which may affect how they vote, is unfit for Twitter (if the tweeter is conservative)?
But in this case, it’s not misleading because Woods specifically pointed out that it’s probably fake. In effect, Woods is debunking the meme. He’s helping all those liberal “fact checkers” that Twitter relies upon.
Doesn’t Twitter’s explanation accurately describe just about every political ad you see during an election?
Doesn’t it currently apply to just about every news article reporting what the accusers of Judge Kavanaugh have allegedly said?
Doesn’t it apply to just about every fake news article written about President Trump by the mainstream media–over 90% of which are negative?
Has Twitter frozen the accounts of anyone who retweets unsupported news or outright false news from the mainstream media?
Social media thrives on parody:
A parody (/ˈpærədi/); also called a spoof, send-up, take-off, lampoon, play on (something), caricature, or joke is a work created to imitate, make fun of, or comment on an original work—its subject, author, style, or some other target—by means of satiric or ironicimitation. … Parody may be found in art or culture, including literature, music (although “parody” in music has an earlier, somewhat different meaning than for other art forms), animation, gaming, and film.
Social media also thrives on satire:
Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government, or society itself into improvement. Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society. …
Satire is nowadays found in many artistic forms of expression, including internet memes, literature, plays, commentary, television shows, and media such as lyrics.
Parody and satire are central to politics, and political speech is the entire point of the First Amendment.
Speech, especially political speech, ought always to be free in the United States.
Refer back to Twitter’s excuse for censoring James Woods. Are we now expected to believe that during the run-up to the 2018 elections, Twitter will not allow anyone to tweet or retweet links to clips from political satires and parodies, such as are rife on shows like Saturday Night Live and late night talk shows, most of which lampoon Republicans and President Trump?
What about retweets of political cartoons? Aren’t they often misleading and prone to impact an election (which is exactly what they’re meant to do)?
Will The Onion be off limits, sent to Twitter prison, for the duration of the election?
The state of political satire in a given society reflects the tolerance or intolerance that characterizes it, and the state of civil liberties and human rights. Under totalitarian regimes any criticism of a political system, and especially satire, is suppressed.
Granted, Twitter is not the government, but Twitter is acting as a totalitarian regime unto themselves.
For the time being, James Woods, a very special genius, is biding his time, waiting out Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, after challenging him via an interview with the Associated Press:
“Free speech is free speech – it’s not Jack Dorsey’s version of free speech,” Woods said. He likened Twitter shutting his voice down to being smothered with a pillow, calling on Dorsey to “man up” and take him out with a knife.
“The irony is, Twitter accused me of affecting the political process, when in fact, their banning of me is the truly egregious interference,” Woods said. “Because now, having our voice smothered is much more disturbing than having your vocal chords slit. If you want to kill my free speech, man up and slit my throat with a knife, don’t smother me with a pillow.”
It is long past time for the powers that be to look into the mega, in-kind donations that social media companies give to the Democrat Party by using any excuse they can find (or no excuse) to censor their opponents.
Nobody can possibly believe that Twitter or the other social media companies will treat all political parties and points of view equally when it comes to enforcing their biased, arcane rules.
The purge of conservatives continues unabated on social media. … “[T]his muzzle on free speech is a cancer that, if allowed to metastasize, will destroy this nation and everything it stands for.
President Trump plans to implement an executive order regarding social media and censorship of speech:
[A]n Executive Order has been drafted that will instruct law enforcement and federal antitrust agencies to open probes into the “platform bias” of Google, Facebook and Twitter in regards to the censorship and suppression of conservative voices on social media.
The executive order is in its preliminary stages and hasn’t yet been run past other government agencies, said a White House official.
Bloomberg News, which has seen a copy of the draft executive order, reports: The document instructs U.S. antitrust authorities to “thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws.” It instructs other government agencies to recommend within a month after it’s signed, actions that could potentially “protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias.”
Unfortunately, the executive order doesn’t come soon enough to give conservatives a level playing field on social media during the current election cycle.
We predicted that this would happen as soon as the mid-term elections were imminent. Time is on the side of the progressives that control the social media platforms. They can censor first and then force the censored to wait out the so-called appeal process, if there even is one. There’s none for Alex Jones. By the time the censored are released from Twitter prison, the elections will be over.
This is not freedom; it’s tyranny.
Twitter: Don’t be evil.