Monday 20 November 2017

Everything is not Alt-right in the media as politics of hate aired

By david looby

Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes awards ceremony on Sunday night.
Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes awards ceremony on Sunday night.

ALT-RIGHT is a newish political phenomenon which has emerged from the recesses of the American web and joyously parachuted into the Oval Office in the cartoonish form of President-elect Donald Trump.

I worked many jobs in my life, at an ice hockey ring, doing deliveries on the Ring of Kerry, as a security guard (OK I slept all night in a sleeping bag off Dame Street), making sandwiches and for a time, as a cleaner, something the women in my life find hilarious.

It was while working as a cleaner in America that I came across a character named Bob who instantly took to me because of my accent.

I was pure, you see, in Bob's mind, as he was a fascist and a racist and I am from Europe and not 'contaminated' through osmosis, as his twisted belief system opines.

The guy had a serious hang up. He confided one drunken night that his sister had been assaulted by a black man and this seems to have been the root of his philosophy. An article by an American writer in the Irish Times last week got me thinking about Bob.

In the article, Nicholas Pell outlined what exactly the Alt-right is, using a glossary of coded terms to explain the group which shot to infamy during the presidential election race.

Pell describes the Alt-right as: 'A young, energetic upstart faction of the Trump coalition heavily active on Twitter and underground forums. Characterised by nationalism, scepticism toward globalism and an irreverent sense of humour.'

Included in his glossary are terms like Dindu Nuffin: 'A black man convicted of a crime, often one lionized by the press or portrayed as innocent. An attempt to approximate the African-American Vernacular English pronunciation of "didn't do anything" ("dindu nuffin")'; Fashy: 'Possessing a fascist aesthetic. Often used to describe military-style undercut hairdos such as those sported by Richard Spencer, publisher of Radix and the man who coined the term "alternative right"' and Snowflake, 'A person with an unusual, potentially dubious, gender identity'.

In light of the hideous pronouncements made by Trump during his campaign, during which he mimicked a disabled reporter and accused Mexican immigrants of being rapists, the American political shift to the Alt-right, embodied in Stephen Bannon, head of the often-bigoted Breitbart News, who is Trump's chief strategist and senior counselor, is worrying. Bob must be in high heaven over there.

Grandstanding actors rank up there with my biggest pet hates but you have to hand it to Meryl Streep for her Trump-bashing extravaganza at the Golden Globes. During her emotional speech she criticised Trump for his behaviour, saying it made people think it's okay, funny even, to make fun of people who are disabled. Hours later the new leader of the Free world spewed forth on Twitter that Streep is one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood and a 'Hillary flunky who lost big'. Talk about a jerk-finger response.

On Thursday the Irish Times issued a defence of the article by the Wicklow based writer. They stated in regret hued tones that some of the language clearly offended people while defending the article based on where it was placed in the paper in the opinions section. The problem is the Alt-right has been given far too much air time in the media, both here and in America. Why propogate the progadandists' tripe?

Wexford People

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