The problem with buying into the oppressed/oppressor narrative of envy and outrage is that no matter how ‘safe’ and ‘righteous’ you think you are, the tables can turn in an instant.
Sesame Street is a prime example of leaning WAY into the leading edge of all the fashionable (read: left-wing political) ideas. Conversations around Big Bird even managed to feature prominently in the Obama-Romney 2012 race.
But in the world of cancel culture that Sesame Street’s own politics have helped create, the line between ‘hero’ and ‘zero’ in the eyes of the activist zealots they try so hard to appease is razor-thin and easily crossed.
In their Sesame Place park in Philadelphia, an actor in a Rosita costume learned just how thin that line is the hard way.
Regular news reported it this way…
But the hosts of Dish Nation weren’t nearly as dispassionate about the incident as the regular news…
Nor were they buying the excuses Sesame Street execs gave for why the kids were snubbed.
Because this is primarily a PR crisis, it really doesn’t matter whether the actor is guilty of racial bias or not.
What actually matters is the public perception of whether the actor is guilty of racial bias, together with the public perception of whether Sesame Street’s response was proportionate and fairly addressed the public’s concerns.
If the execs at Sesame Street think a sprinkling of sensitivity training and a half-assed excuse that rings hollow are going to make this blow over, they may have forgotten what kind of crusaders cancel culture can produce.
We predict that there will be some kind of a ‘pound of flesh’ extracted from the company before all is said and done, complete with compliance to some new set of expectations set by whoever is at the front of the movement that makes them bow the knee this time.
Will any of this handwringing and outrage change a single life for the better?
No. Unless you happen to have an inside track on the various grift industries that parasitically attach to such grievances (including whoever is delivering this sensitivity training), probably not.
Instead of wasting time and money on sensitivity training that shoehorns us all into categories of victim and oppressor, we might all be better off with the more conventional, if campy, ‘wisdom’ of Bill And Ted:
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