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Once again, El American readers will have to choose who gets the Idiot of the Week award. This time we have Pantene, which has taken to promoting child transsexuality to sell more bottles of shampoo, and the anti-gun left on Twitter, which with the tragic Boulder shooting, re-launched its campaign to undermine the Second Amendment.
Pantene endorses child transgenderism
Pantene is an internationally known brand of hair products. Becoming a Pantene ambassador has been a milestone for the careers of models such as Gisele Bündchen, Kelly LeBrock, Selena Gomez, and Iman.
“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” was the slogan. Of course, this led to Pantene being criticized by feminists. After all, it seems that the phrase was aimed directly at them, since modern feminism seems to be based on hatred of men and, above all, of any woman who is not a leftist. If she is also beautiful, the hatred is total.
Now it seems that Pantene wants to reconcile with the feminist world and gender ideology, so it has launched an advertising campaign celebrating child transgenderism.
Childhood is that stage when you think it’s a good idea to feed yourself exclusively on candy, sleep in a bed shaped like a racing car, and some kids would even be convinced that they would never regret getting a SpongeBob tattoo that covers their entire back.
Luckily, parents often put limits on such brilliant ideas, and it’s not because they hate or have a phobia of SpongeBob, but because they know that in the future their children are very likely to regret such drastic decisions, made during a period that, by nature, is one of immaturity and confusion.
Now imagine if a toy company, in one of its advertisements, encouraged children to tattoo their entire body in red and black, and to implant horns on their shaved head like the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Maul. Or to have their ears done and made pointy to look like Dr. Spock from Star Trek. Imagine if those ads showed parents who are big Star Wars fans, or big Trekkies, proud of their child’s transformation.
We are convinced that many parents, no matter how many trekkies or Star Wars fans they were, would not agree with this campaign, and would not be called “trekkiephobes” or Star Wars haters.
Anyone would think that these campaigns promote child abuse, and that these parents could be influencing their children, who seem to be treated as little toys to project their hobbies onto.
No Star Wars or Star Trek fan association should be powerful enough to demand that the government allow – or even promote or fund – children to undergo such a transformation, let alone get parents jailed for objecting.
For some strange reason, the transgender lobby has immunity from essentially similar situations, and Pantene celebrates in its latest ad that the young son of a lesbian couple is convinced that he is a girl trapped in a boy’s body, and that as a first step toward his transition, the shampoo will help him have a shiny, silky mane.
The transgender girl in the ad is doing nothing wrong, she deserves all the love, and her mothers are surely acting in good faith, but encouraging such drastic and permanent changes at such a young age may be a hopeless mistake, and should not be celebrated, or promoted commercially.
Pantene could have made the same ad aimed at adult transsexuals who want to have a nice head of hair and we would see nothing wrong with that ad campaign. But for them to celebrate and promote child transgenderism in order to sell more bottles of shampoo, we think it’s foolhardy and worthy of the idiot of the week award.
Anti-Gun Twitter personalities
In a Twitter thread by Caleb Hull, one can find a collection of tweets from leftists who were quick to assume that the man responsible for last Tuesday’s shooting in Boulder, CO was white – and not an Arab Muslim, as it later turned out. The reason? That he had been arrested without being killed.
The false leftist narrative that shootings are caused by far-right white men taking refuge in a now-obsolete Second Amendment melted like a sugar cube in water when it was learned that the alleged killer was a Syrian-born Muslim named Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa.
Many of them deleted their tweets after the news broke. These progressive tweeters are candidates for idiot of the week, but at least they show they retain some sense of the ridiculous by deleting them.
Such as the case of Meena Harris, niece of Kamala Harris, who after signing up for the violent white male killer theory, deleted the tweet. But as many screenshots had been taken, she was forced to explain that she had deleted it for making a false assumption, yes, to then double down and say that, after all, it was normal that prejudice because it is usually so. Curious way of apologizing, saying again the same thing for which he asked forgiveness.
Sorry to burst your bubble Meena, but this is not so. Even Snopes – a famous fact-checking portal that is very independent, but with a clear leftist bias – reluctantly accepts that the narrative of leftist anti-gun tweeters is incorrect.
The left is very keen on taking away the right to bear arms from good Americans. We can’t be sure if their passion for disarming the people is the same passion that drove the likes of Mao, Stalin, Chavez or Hitler to do the same in their countries. But what we do know is that it is a burning passion, judging by his media campaigns every time there is a shooting.
Mary L. Trump, Donald Trump’s niece, who in 2020 wrote a book ranting about her uncle, went so far as to say a few days ago on Twitter that “the NRA is a terrorist organization and should be treated as such.”
For the left, defending the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution makes you a terrorist. Perhaps they are more comfortable with the constitutions of other countries or, for that matter, they would be more comfortable without a constitution that limits the power of government. Of a government of their own, of course.
The right to bear arms not only makes the actions of a tyrannical government more difficult, it makes us better citizens, as it allows self-defense for all good citizens, regardless of race. Without the Second Amendment, only criminals would be armed, whatever their race.
Leftists always complain that Second Amendment advocates are fascinated by guns and violence. But the truth is that it is the progressives who exhibit fascinating behavior with respect to guns. In turn, they accuse everyone else of being racists, when they are the ones who judge the same act differently based on the race of the person doing it.
If a drunk behind the wheel runs someone over, the fault lies with the drunk, not the car; if someone stabs another person, the fault lies not with the knife, but with the attacker. But if someone shoots with a gun, for the left, it’s the gun’s fault. And if the shooter is a “white Second Amendment defender,” then the culprits are the gun, its whiteness, and the Second Amendment. Isn’t that fascinating?
Ignacio Manuel García Medina, Business Management teacher. Artist and lecturer specialized in Popular Culture for various platforms. Presenter of the program "Pop Libertario" for the Juan de Mariana Institute. Lives in the Canary Islands, Spain // Ignacio M. García Medina es profesor de Gestión de Empresas. Es miembro del Instituto Juan de Mariana y conferenciante especializado en Cultura Popular e ideas de la Libertad.
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