Sunday, August 24, 2014

MTV to Shill Leftist #Ferguson Talking Points at Tonight's Video Music Awards — #VMAs

My son's in Inglewood for the VMAs.

He's got great tickets for the pit area, although they've got a blackout on social media for guests: No mobile phone allowed, period. I asked my kid how he was going to handle that and he was just bummed: "That sucks you can't take pictures!" I told him to leave his phone in the van.

In any case, when I see my boy again (hopefully tonight, if he's not out too late), I can deprogram him from all the leftist blather he'll be inundated with.

At the Washington Post, "MTV to turn Video Music Awards spotlight on Ferguson":
Last year, Miley Cyrus’s twerking, teddy-bear-filled performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards set off fierce arguments about race and cultural appropriation. This year, MTV is hoping to use its awards ceremony to start a different kind of conversation. Before and during the show, the network will be airing somber public service announcements about the ongoing standoff between law enforcement and the citizens of Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of the August 9 shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

MTV’s spots are part of a larger campaign, Look Different, that the network developed in conjunction with organizations including the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza and the Southern Poverty Law Center. MTV has a long history of activist-oriented youth programming, and the Look Different program developed out of a paradox that MTV President Stephen Friedman told me he saw showing up in MTV polling.

“Eighty percent of our audience believes that bias is at the root of racism and prejudice,” Friedman said. “But when cultural explosions like Trayvon Martin, or the recent death on Staten Island, or what is now happening in Ferguson occur, our audience often feels paralyzed to discuss the issues.”

The reason? A good-intentioned schema for how to treat other people fairly that ultimately makes it more difficult to acknowledge unfairness or difference when it shows up anyway.

“Ironically, part of the problem is that this generation was taught to be color-blind,” Friedman told me. “As a result, they feel like they’re going to step on a land mine if they say the wrong thing. In fact, our research has shown that fully 70 percent of our white audience grew up not talking about race in their households. They’re striving for fairness and equality and often just aren’t sure how to to proceed.”
And that's a bad thing?

In other words, raising your kids so that race is just a background phenomenon is something to be ashamed of?

Leftists want you think race 24/7. You get Obama constantly talking race ("If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon"); Holder visiting Ferguson as the chief law-enforcement shakedown artist; and Al Sharpton as the White House point-man for the Democrat-left's perpetual outrage and distortion machine.

And MTV's on the case!

Like I said, I'll be deprogramming my kid later tonight, or tomorrow if I fall asleep before I get the chance.

More at the link, and also, "VMAs 2014 FAQ: Where to watch the show, red carpet details, and who’s performing."