Last week, Spotify announced a controversial decision to cut R. Kelly from its playlists and other editorial promotions amid allegations that the R&B star ran a violent “sex cult.” The streaming service justified its decision as part of its new “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy, which says that it will not include content that promotes hatred or violence toward a particular group of people based on race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, among other things, nor will it actively promote artists whose personal lives are at odds with Spotify’s values.
“The Berlin club culture is everything that Nazis are not. And everything they hate,” the clubs wrote in a joint message that called the AfD “suit-and-tie-Nazis” and PEGIDA “German bratwursts.” “We are progressive, queer, feminist, anti-racist, inclusive, colorful, and we have unicorns. On our dance floors, people from all backgrounds unite, with diverse desires, changing identities and good taste.”
The vote came after a debate over what to do about complaints against councillors under their code of conduct. The complaints were against councillors Matt Whitman, David Hendsbee and Shawn Cleary.
Whitman used the word “Negroes” during a TV interview, Hendsbee made a series of insensitive comments about Indigenous people on the radio and then in emails exposed by the Coast, and Cleary used the F-word in a Twitter debate with Whitman.
A new survey on the addition of an abortion-rights clause to 2018 Canada Summer Jobs applications shows Canadians are evenly divided over whether the requirement seems fair — but ultimately, a small majority support the decision to impose it anyway.
The Angus Reid Institute study shows a complicated response to the issue, with answers not neatly lining up with political parties or views on abortion. It also shows most Canadians haven’t been closely tuned in to the issue, with just 20 per cent saying they know a lot about it and 56 per cent saying this was the first time they’d even heard of it.
From the geniuses that brought us the “Free cup of coffee exclusively for people of color” coupon, comes an even greater turnaround. Starbucks is quickly going from a racist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamaphobic, whatever-else-phobic, into a well-respected coffee shop that caters to those of any other race but white.
A far-right parliamentary question linking incest, disability and migrants has outraged Germany’s ethics council and Catholic bishops. They say the query amounts to inhumane contempt bordering on former Nazi language.
Not so fast virtue signalers!
It’s time to confront this taboo: First cousin marriages in Muslim communities are putting hundreds of children at risk
Dispatches – When Cousins Marry (Channel 4 Documentary)
It’s official: jokes can now land you in prison. Markus Meechan – known on YouTube as Count Dankula – has been found guilty in a Scottish court of law for the crime of hate speech and breaching the electronic communications act. His arrest followed a viral online video in which Meechan can be seen encouraging his girlfriend’s pug to give a Nazi salute and to respond enthusiastically to the phrase ‘gas the Jews’. His sentence will be passed at Airdrie Sheriff Court on 23 April.
“One of the happiest moment in your life was probably when you met me and my friends,” wrote Johansson. “I am sorry to tell you that there is a very slim chance we will ever meet again.”
Johansson went on to write, “In two years you are going to meet a grown man that you have never met before and you two are going to have a child … if you are lucky … he will probably leave you alone … in your small home made of mud and tree’s. You will probably sell your body to someone else to earn money for your child.”
She concluded: “I just want you to know there is hope, there is. Dreaming could be your saviour, dreaming could keep you alive. Dear child, keep safe.”
I knew enough of these corporate CEO bureaucrats from my days in the Chamber of Commerce, many of whom are in reality no different from public servants. Unlike the genuine entrepreneurs who built their enterprises from the ground up, the ones who have taken over these large enterprises are often as left wing as a university professor in the humanities. This is Rita Panahi quoting Jordan Peterson on corporate virtue signalling.
Oakland’s Democrat mayor caused an uproar when she put out an official announcement warning of an impending Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation in the area. This was an unprecedented rogue action by an elected official and could have potentially endangered the lives of federal agents.
But that’s not all that Libby Schaaf did. According to updated reports, she also warned businesses that were known to undercut American wages by employing illegals and met with pro-amnesty activists in the days prior to her advance warning.
The 50-year narrative of a ‘historic coalition’ between blacks and Jews only existed among leaders, and never among the people.
The recent flare up of tensions caused by the anti-Semitic rantings of American black Moslem Louis Farrakhan, and the lack of condemnation, let alone outright support he received from Democrats and leftists, is hopefully a final footnote in the fictional 50 year alliance between American Jews and blacks.
Since the beginning of the American Civil Rights movement in the 1960s there has been a dictatorial narrative among Jews that promoted the “historic alliance” between American Jews and American blacks.
Embracing this narrative went far beyond political correctness, as it became a foundational underpinning among many in the American Jewish community for half a century.
This black-Jewish alliance, however, was only practiced at the level of the anemic Jewish and black leaderships, and not for one day did it exist among members of the Jewish and black communities.
This is the worst kind of patronage imaginable, and degrades the very cinema it’s supposed to help.
By now we have come to expect that glamorous award ceremonies will be as much about politics as movies. And while the black dresses might have been given the heave-ho, Oscar night 2018 did not venture off-script. The current crop of actors-turned-activists were in full campaigning zeal, offering up lectures not just on #MeToo and sexual harassment but on the importance of diversity in the film industry. Pure coincidence, then, that the viewing figures were the lowest ever recorded. Oddly, it seems that those at home watching tend to prefer Hollywood stars to stick to entertainment rather than lectures.
There is much to choose from this week, including the infantile wailing and moronic ignorance of social-justice hooligans driven crazy mad (Pavlovian response) by Jordan Peterson giving a lecture, by invitation, at Queen’s University. (Three cheers for Queen’s president and the law faculty for inviting Dr. Peterson.)
Then there is Justin Trudeau inviting the fanatically anti-Alberta-oil Bill Nye to Ottawa for a public chat on science, the highlight of which was the signal revelation of the centrality of breastfeeding to the scientific method — delivered by our PM. When baby wails and the milk flows, can Planck’s constant be far behind?