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Thursday, March 04, 2021

Aaron Rupar: On Tuesday morning and into the afternoon, programming on Fox News and Fox Business ceaselessly harped upon the purported "cancellation" of legendary children's author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, as the latest example of woke liberalism run amok -- conveniently ignoring the fact that Dr. Seuss has not, in fact, been canceled.

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[I]n the months since Donald Trump lost the presidency, right-wing media and Republican members of Congress have leaned into so-called "cancel culture" as a way to make the case against Democrats without having to discuss policy or really anything of substance at all. Instead, Republicans have used insinuations that Democrats want to prohibit traditions that are central to conservative identities. In short, they're stoking the grievances of their base.

The last week has seen a couple noteworthy examples of this. Perhaps most absurdly, right-wingers spent days getting mad about Hasbro's purported cancellation of Mr. Potato Head.

It turned out that all the fuming over Mr. Potato Head rested on a misinterpretation of a Hasbro press release. While the brand is now being referred to as "Potato Head," Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head are not being "canceled" by the company--they will live on as characters in the broader Potato Head universe.

Yet even after Hasbro cleared up the confusion, conservatives at CPAC kept bringing up Mr. Potato Head's pronouns as an example of liberal woke-ism gone wild.

By Tuesday morning, the Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head claims had merged into a single object of right-wing performative outrage. During a Fox & Friends interview, for instance, Donald Trump Jr. used a question about Dr. Seuss to rail against liberal "cancel culture" in general.

This might seem silly--and it is. But Republicans and their media enablers use this sort of culture war grievance to avoid talking about real issues, including those they advocate for that are unpopular.


#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-03-03 07:56 PM | Reply

"Yet even after Hasbro cleared up the confusion, conservatives at CPAC kept bringing up Mr. Potato Head's pronouns as an example of liberal woke-ism gone wild."

There's something very special about Trumpers taking Mr. Potato Head's word for it that he is a man.
No need for a birth certificate. No need to inspect -------- or chromosomes.
A man simply because... he says he is.

Hmmm...

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-03-03 08:32 PM | Reply

low hanging fruit. firing up and gathering the neanderthals.

#3 | Posted by fresno500 at 2021-03-03 09:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Oh, they places the won't go:

The FBI director dismantled Tucker Carlson's lie that white supremacists aren't a threat -- so Carlson ignored him

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has spent years telling his audience that white supremacists do not pose a serious threat to the public. Even as Americans motivated by racist ideologies committed acts of domestic terror -- including the January 6 sacking of the U.S. Capitol -- he was quick to scoff, arguing that Democrats and the press were exaggerating the threat for political gain. So after FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress the exact opposite on Tuesday, Carlson was left with three choices -- admit that he was wrong, lie about what happened, or ignore it. He chose the latter path, preferring to devote his show to issues he apparently considered more pressing, like the purported cancellation of Dr. Seuss.


www.mediamatters.org

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-03-03 09:54 PM | Reply

Oh, they places the won't go:

should be

Oh, the places they won't go:

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-03-03 09:56 PM | Reply

Glenn Beck weighs in the two topics du jour:

On the "banning" Dr Seuss books: "This is fascism."

"Buy Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head because it's the end of an era. It is the end of freedom in America."

twitter.com

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-03-03 10:02 PM | Reply

What's sad are all the scared Democrats attacking liberals for upsetting conservatives.

Even though there's nothing political about this and it was a decision of Seuss Enterprises.

Democrats are sure liberals are scaring away fringe conservatives who they're desperately courting.

That's why this nation is fkkked.

Rabid conservatives, meek independents, marginalized liberals.

It's the perfect recipe for fascism.

#7 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-03-03 10:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It's the perfect recipe for fascism.

So do something about it. Whining hasn't been working.

#8 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-03-03 10:16 PM | Reply

Whining hasn't been working.

I have not yet begun to whine!

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-03-03 10:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I'm not surprised.

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-03-03 10:22 PM | Reply

#7 If they are falling for conservative propaganda, they aren't scared Democrats. They are stupid ones.

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-03-03 10:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why Fox News is having a day-long meltdown over Dr. Seuss?

Because they are race baiters.

"Cancel Culture" is what they call it when someone's racism gets exposed.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-03-03 10:49 PM | Reply

The racist propaganda network is defending racism. I am shocked.

Dr. Seuss's heirs agree those 6 books contain inappropriate content.

Dr. Seuss also equated America First with Fascism. MAGAts don't like that.

#13 | Posted by bored at 2021-03-03 11:50 PM | Reply

Where was the outcry over those horribly racist Looney Tunes cartoons that Warner Bros buried years ago?

#14 | Posted by qcp at 2021-03-04 08:28 AM | Reply

Sales of Chicken Little are skyrocketing. You'll notice the villain in the story is presciently named Foxey Loxey:

www.worldstory.net

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-03-04 08:34 AM | Reply

Democrats are sure liberals are scaring away fringe conservatives who they're desperately courting.

Which "fringe conservatives" are being courted?

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2021-03-04 08:36 AM | Reply

"Where was the outcry over those horribly racist Looney Tunes cartoons that Warner Bros buried years ago?
#14 | POSTED BY QCP"

The antigun nuts and PETA demanded they bahn Elmer Fudd.
That..that ...that's all folks.
literally.

#17 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2021-03-04 08:40 AM | Reply

"Republicans have used insinuations that Democrats want to prohibit traditions that are central to conservative identities. In short, they're stoking the grievances of their base."

I was not aware that Dr Suess was such a core belief of conservatives.

I guess I should have realized it when the Qtards high priest of Ignorance, The Cruz Himself, read Green Eggs and Ham into the official Congressional Records as their answer to affordable health care in America.

Cruz I am would not accept healthcare in a boat.
They will not, will not, with a goat? (Except I am not so sure about that!)
They will not in the rain.
They will not on a train.
Not in the dark! Not in a tree!
Not in a car! You let them be!

They do not like healthcare in a box.
They do not like it with a fox.
They will not let you have a house.
They want you all trapped like a mouse.
So do not trust them here or there.
Do not trust them Qtards anywhere!

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-03-04 10:02 AM | Reply

#7 If they are falling for conservative propaganda, they aren't scared Democrats. They are stupid ones.

#11 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

Gal has enough lucidity for the entire Democratic party.

Seriously Gal, I know absolutely nothing about you, hence anonymous blog, but knowing your way of thinking you would be one hell of a public servant.

#19 | Posted by bocaink at 2021-03-04 11:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Like saying "Happy Holidays" (which was started by stores so they didn't offend nonChristians and therefore increase sales) why does the Right refuse to accept economic decisions by corporations? Don't they believe in the free market?

#20 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2021-03-04 11:14 AM | Reply

I'm confused. Didn't Dr. Seuss's heirs make this decision? Liberals and Democrats had no say in this, so Faux and Snoozemax and the Reich lie again. And I don't know what 4-Chan channel Phester gets his news from, but I spend at least four hours a day on actual news programming between TV and podcasts, and I have NEVER heard anything about "anti-gun nuts" trying to cancel Elmer Fudd or that Dems are trying to stop Liberals from pissing off marginal Cons. What I hear is anger toward Manchin, Sinema, and now Shaheen, so it's more of an internal squabble and nothing about "canceling" some children's literature or cartoons.

#21 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-03-04 11:17 AM | Reply

...and I have NEVER heard anything about "anti-gun nuts" trying to cancel Elmer Fudd

The big bruhaha if you want to call it that is Elmer Fudd stopped packing his side by side shotgun last year.

#22 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-03-04 11:28 AM | Reply

And I don't know what 4-Chan channel Phester gets his news from..

That's just Uncle Phester shadow boxing with the demons in his head again. His posts always sound like the ramblings of grandpa Simpson.

#23 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-03-04 11:45 AM | Reply

Like saying "Happy Holidays" (which was started by stores so they didn't offend nonChristians and therefore increase sales) why does the Right refuse to accept economic decisions by corporations? Don't they believe in the free market?

#24 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2021-03-04 11:46 AM | Reply

The antigun nuts and PETA demanded they bahn Elmer Fudd.
#17 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE

Elmer Fudd is a dumb redneck.
Imagine watching Bugs Bunny and rooting for Elmer Fudd.
What a Nimrod*!

*Yes Corky, I know.

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-03-04 11:51 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I saw that Fox News rating are rising.

Found a link...

February 2021 Ratings: Fox News Returns to No. 1 in Total Prime Viewers, But Can't Maintain 2020 Pace
www.adweek.com

Perhaps the drive to get the ratings back is what is causing this extremism on the part of Fox News?


#26 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-03-04 12:01 PM | Reply

"Happy Holidays"

Did people in 1942 lose their collective right-wing ---- when Bing Crosby released the hit song we still hear in the mall every Christmas,
"Happy Holiday?"

Or are right-wingers a whole lot more thin-skinned and prone to be offended these days?

#27 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-03-04 12:13 PM | Reply

#19 Ha! Thanks for the vote of confidence, but if I was a public servant, I'd get jaded and cynical within a week and do a lousy job. Maybe not more lousy than a bunch of current public servants ;-) but still lousy.

#28 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-03-04 12:25 PM | Reply

Are rightwingers suggesting private organizations should be forced to publish material they don't want to? Should the government do the forcing?

Sounds like fascism to me, or par for the course.

#29 | Posted by horstngraben at 2021-03-04 12:27 PM | Reply

Are rightwingers suggesting private organizations should be forced to publish material they don't want to?

It would be more accurate if they were.

No. It seems Rightwingers (and some moderates) are attacking liberals, because "liberals banned DR Seuss."

That's the narrative they're sticking with.

#30 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-03-04 12:41 PM | Reply

@#27

My guess ... the latter.

#31 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-03-04 12:42 PM | Reply

are right-wingers a whole lot more thin-skinned and prone to be offended these days?

Yea. They're constantly victims of their own hate and ignorance.

It's why they're codifying hate into laws and calling it religious freedom.

Because apparently, Christ wanted you to hate the same people he hated.

#32 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-03-04 12:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why Fox News Is Having a Day-long Meltdown over Dr. Seuss:

Because congress was investigating how trump and his cult intentionally prevented the insurrection from being stopped, and the testimony was damning.

#33 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-03-04 01:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner:

Because congress was investigating how trump and his cult intentionally prevented the insurrection from being stopped, and the testimony was damning.

#34 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-03-04 01:22 PM | Reply

You can always rely on the GOP and FoxNews to focus on some bogus "cultural" issue to distract the right-wing base whenever substantive allegations of wrong-doing by Trump and his followers are being scrutinized

Dr. Seuss told us what he would do if he ran the Circus McGurkis. What would he do if he ran the FoxNews McPoxSpews?

#35 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-03-04 01:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Another view...

Op-Ed: The Seuss debate shows Republicans' cancel culture war is a fight against the free market
www.nbcnews.com

...Republicans have long declared their supposedly unwavering obeisance to the great invisible hand of the market; as former House GOP Leader Dick Armey liked to say, "Markets are smart; government is dumb."

And yet several recent moments have made that commitment seem situational. Whether discussing Dr. Seuss, Mr. Potato Head, voting rights or Twitter, Republicans seem ill at ease with " or just ignorant of " the ways the mighty market actually functions.

Just witness the contrived hysteria about the fabricated "cancellation" of Dr. Seuss, the beloved children's books author. Dr. Seuss Enterprises " the very profitable company which controls the estate of the late Theodor Seuss Geisel, the man behind the pen name " has decided of its own free will to stop publishing a half-dozen of his books because, the company told The Associated Press, they "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," deploying stereotypes about Black and Asian people in a manner that Seuss's own estate thinks is offensive and inappropriate.

The Fox outrage machine revved itself to high dudgeon over how this private company has decided to conduct its business, bemoaning the Seussian scalp-taking; the GOP's culture-war ambulance chasers quickly followed suit. "First, they outlaw Dr. Seuss" -- mind you, Theodore Geisel died in 1991 and its his own estate taking this action -- "and now they want to tell us what to say," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a mendacious non sequitur while debating proposed election law reforms....

[emphasis mine]


#36 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-03-04 03:29 PM | Reply

Are conservatives mad yet that they redesigned Lola Bunny's appearance in the new Space Jam movie so as to not overly sexualize a cartoon rabbit?

#37 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-03-04 06:13 PM | Reply

As I said in another thread, this is just a publicity stunt. A rather clever one, at that, since they've got people curious some of the more obscure Dr. Seuss books and increased demand for them.

#38 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-03-04 07:04 PM | Reply

As I said in another thread, this is just a publicity stunt. A rather clever one, at that, since they've got people curious about some of the more obscure Dr. Seuss books and increased demand for them.

#39 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-03-04 07:05 PM | Reply

As I said in another thread, this is just a publicity stunt. A rather clever one, at that, since they've got people curious about some of the more obscure Dr. Seuss books and increased demand for them.

#40 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-03-04 07:05 PM | Reply

this is just a publicity stunt.

Did they coordinate with you knee jerking Republicans to get you all in a tizzy?

The only stunt is Republicans distracting conservatives with nonsense in order to keep them and moderates pissed off at liberals.

#41 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-03-04 07:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"you all"

Oh my goodness. Are you one of Ross Perot's illegitimate tar babies?

#42 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-03-04 07:21 PM | Reply

Oh my goodness. Are you one of Ross Perot's illegitimate tar babies?
POSTED BY SSENTINELLE

Are you one of Hitler's concubines?

#43 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-03-04 07:37 PM | Reply

#43, do I remind you of your mom?

#44 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-03-04 07:41 PM | Reply

#43, do I remind you of your mom?

When you perform the Nazi salute, does your wrist cause your hand to flail wildly?

#45 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-03-04 07:43 PM | Reply

Are you one of Ross Perot's illegitimate tar babies?
#42 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

Swastika reform boy is calling me a tar baby?

Makes sense.

Nazis will be Nazis.

#46 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-03-04 08:09 PM | Reply

Faygo Receptacle is throwing the N word around?

Makes sense.

When you got nothing else, that's what you go to.

#47 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-03-04 08:19 PM | Reply

"When you perform the Nazi salute,"

I don't do that.

#48 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-03-04 08:21 PM | Reply

"As I said in another thread, this is just a publicity stunt. A rather clever one, at that, since they've got people curious about some of the more obscure Dr. Seuss books and increased demand for them."

And apparently repeatedly in this one! (JK I have that problem too sometimes.)

#49 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-03-04 09:06 PM | Reply

When you got nothing else, that's what you go to.
#47 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

Hahaha!

Says the guy who posted:

"Are you one of Ross Perot's illegitimate tar babies?
#42 | POSTED BY SENTINEL"

And,

"do I remind you of your mom?
#44 | POSTED BY SENTINEL"

Keep on being special!

#50 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-03-04 10:16 PM | Reply

The Ross Perot reference clearly went over your head. You people...

#51 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-03-05 08:42 AM | Reply

The Dr Seuss thing is small beans compared to the long list of publishers that banned together refusing to print books for anyone in Trumps administration.

#52 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-03-05 03:27 PM | Reply

Some people are saying Theodore was a ardent communist. I had never heard that before
He was however radically left, and moralist without a doubt

Just more evidence that today's GOP is nothing more than a bunch of narrow shouldered deplorables just looking for any reason to pound sand

#53 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2021-03-05 03:46 PM | Reply

Right wing media is like the GOP, who are like magicians waving one hand while what they're really doing is stealing with the other.

The GOP/Right Wing are little more than sycophantic followers of slashing taxes and regulations. That's it.

What they use to accomplish that are waving guns, abortion, and immigration with that one hand while they pass trillions in tax cuts for individuals and corporations who didn't need them to be highly profitable to begin with.

#54 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-03-06 07:05 AM | Reply

...long list of publishers...refusing to print books for anyone in Trump(')s administration.
#52 | POSTED BY BELLRINGER

Which they, as private companies, are free to do. Why do you hate capitalism and the free market?

#55 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2021-03-06 08:11 AM | Reply

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