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This past Independence Day, social media like Twitter were teeming with joyful appreciations of and gratitude for our freedom and America’s bounty, in spite of threats to both under the Obama administration. But there were also plenty of bitter, divisive messages from progressives, who can’t bring themselves to celebrate this country; instead, they spent the holiday ramping up their relentless racial grievance-mongering.
Leading the pack, predictably, was one of the Hollywood One-Percenters, who can always be counted on to pretend to side with the mythical 99%. Ostensibly an actor and comedian, Obama apologist Chris Rock has become rich and famous in the country that he routinely trashes as racist. Showing his solidarity with violent Occupy-types, in March Rock assaulted a camerawoman with a journalist who asked about Rock’s slanderous comment that the Tea Party was “insane” and “racist.” His latest hateful jab came on Twitter in the form of this racist, historically ignorant, punctuation-deficient holiday tweet, which went viral:
Chris Rock @chrisrock
Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks
It’s possible that Rock’s tweet was simply a publicity ploy calculated to stir up controversy and boost his flagging, uninteresting career. Of course, if he really wanted to boost his career and endear himself to millions of Americans, he could simply have tweeted happy birthday wishes to America and his gratitude for the freedoms he enjoys that countless Americans have died for and continue to die for. But leftist celebrities are actually contemptuous of the American public; they care only about their standing among each other. So in fact, Rock’s tweet was calculated not only to aggravate proud Americans but to earn him high-fives among fellow entertainers like black actor Don Cheadle, who approvingly “retweeted” Rock’s “joke.”
They weren’t the only ones. Zach Braff, another celeb with a stalled career, tweeted a similar sentiment (at least Braff understands the basics of capitalization and punctuation, unlike Rock):
Zach Braff @zachbraff
Slaves weren’t freed for another 90 years. So maybe just enjoy some of the fireworks…
To get some perspective on the value of such celebrity opinion about history and politics, remember that these are people who in centuries past were court jesters. But thanks to the omnipresence of cinemas, television, the Internet, and tabloids which serve as megaphones to push their words and deeds into the forefront of public consciousness, the uninformed blather of celebrities is given disproportionate weight here and around the world.
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