January 14, 2021
Radical liberal activists are in your head. They’ve conquered what passes for “mainstream media.” They’ve infiltrated Hollywood, social media, academia, and the Democratic Party. Now they’ve co-opted Madison Avenue. You cannot escape. Not if you watch television. Every ten minutes? A four-minute commercial break. Four minutes of clamoring, yammering, coaxing, cajoling, pandering in seven-, ten-, fifteen-, thirty-, and sixty-second spots. You think they are pushing insurance, breakfast cereal, gymnasiums, or chef-prepared home-delivered meals. You are only 25 percent right.
The camera focuses on a twentysomething light-skinned African-American couple playing tug-of-war with a bottle of Old Spice deodorant. The overt message appears to be that “black people,” of both sexes, really love lavender-scented Old Spice deodorant.
Snoop Dogg, sporting his signature cornrow braids and bling, munches Tostitos Strips against a black-and-white angular backdrop, with Martha Stewart demurely pushing “creamy avocado salsa” from a cane plantation peacock chair. “They are good apart,” calls Snoop. “But better together,” responds Martha. “Pass me somadat green stuff,” says Snoop. “Fo’ shizzle.”
A bearded, bald black guy carries a white, redheaded woman piggyback down a hotel corridor to promote My Walgreens. A “nonwhite” actress in a stewardess uniform bests a cartoon blob of green phlegm/snot/mucous in a Mucinex commercial. A black multigenerational family waxes pedantic over the proper use of Tide Pods. A scruffy, sloppily dressed, not-quite-Caucasian guy and his possibly “white” female partner play rapturous word games (bowlful, forkful, thankful, freezerful, wonderful) over Stouffer’s frozen “Bowl-Fulls” entrées. A prosperous black woman drives to an elegant fete in her white 2021 Cadillac Escalade. A white girl swings a massive cartoon mallet to explode cartoon pixelated bonbons to promote an app for the Candy Crush Saga. Two female astronauts racing along the lunar surface à la Thelma & Louise in a souped-up rover–cum–dune buggy launch over a crater: Allstate—the future of auto insurance is here.
Remember the classic 1972 Quaker Life Cereal commercial? Two young boys, presumably brothers, puzzle over the new “healthy” breakfast cereal, unwilling to try it. They give it to their younger brother Mikey—who “hates everything.” But Mikey LIKES it. Recast to fit modern memes and mantras: Two young girls, presumably sisters, puzzle over the “healthy” breakfast cereal. A frazzled, unkempt, unshaven Caucasian (single?) father slides the bowl down the table to a precocious little girl—Mikey. She LIKES it.
It is incessant and inexorable: Dairy Queen, Liberty Mutual, Lovesac modular furniture, Greenies dog treats, Geico Insurance, Alka Seltzer, Visionworks, Oral-B, SNHU.edu, Air Wick, Invisalign braces, Oscar Meyer, Alaska Airlines, Vroom, Cheetos, Subway, DoorDash food delivery, Lay’s Flamin’ Hot chips, even Popeyes Chicken.
There is a bizarre meme in place for those rare instances where “white males” are given cameo walk-ons, or appear in the background. Young white boys are portrayed as pasty-faced red-haired pudgeballs or nerds—and if there is a joke implied, they are the butt of it. Adult white men are portrayed as slovenly, unkempt, ineffectual foils to vaguely Hispanic, “nonwhite” women; or serve as comic relief for clever, intelligent, athletic, prosperous African-American men.
I’m exaggerating—right? That dog won’t hunt if you’ve ever watched television over the past twelve months.
Okay, I am right—but so what? What is the harm? It is important for girls, women, black and brown people, and other traditionally marginalized people to see themselves, or people like them, succeed. Right? If you can see it, you can be it. Right? And besides, so what if a few privileged white people get a taste of their own medicine? Karma is a bitch, right?
Cold-blooded, hate-filled Marxist doctrines drive the woke social-warrior party line: “The end justifies the means.” Sure, Black Lives Matter are burning out small business, destroying public property, beating and killing law enforcement officers and fellow citizens, but that’s the only way “whitey” will listen. Or: Sure, Antifa supposedly infiltrated “largely peaceful racial justice protests” and burned entire sections of business districts, but Antifa isn’t even an organization—it’s a movement.
Community activists enjoyed incremental successes pressuring media outlets and marketers to conform to their political agendas since Obama, bullying advertisers to pull ads from conservative media outlets and boycotting whole states for barring men from women’s lavatories and changing rooms. But those successes were nothing compared with the post-COVID impetus, when advertisers were cajoled into anti-Trump, pro-mask, pro-lockdown, pro-social-distancing messaging. Groups like the NAACP, Color of Change, Sleeping Giants, the ACLU, Free Press, and Common Sense coerced 150-odd corporations to boycott Facebook by pulling all advertising (#StopHateForProfit). Inspired by their behind-the-scenes triumphs, activists persuaded Amazon, Airbnb, Atlantic and Warner record labels, Dropbox, Fitbit, Gatorade, Microsoft, Nabisco, Tinder, Unilever, and 23andMe to publicly endorse Black Lives Matter domestic terrorists. Madison Avenue caved. Marketing and advertising agencies grew complicit. National brands have become radical activists.
If you can see it, you can be it? Bunk. More like: If you can fake it, you can make it. The inherent cowardice and dishonesty in allowing hate-filled “activists” to influence the scripts or casting of commercial content are worse than a dangerous precedent. National brand promoters swallowed public opinion polls promising a Biden-Harris landslide win. These same promoters “woke” to a hotly contested election and a deeply divided electorate, of which they have alienated approximately 50 percent.
But do not expect a hasty retreat or return to less biased messaging. Just last week, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he was permanently blocking President Donald J. Trump from Facebook. Over the weekend, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat not only followed suit but upped the ante, blocking and censoring pro-Trump supporters. E-commerce service providers like Shopify joined the conspiracy, closing online stores tied to President Trump, the Trump organization, and the Trump campaign.
Wokewashing activists are nothing if not implacable. They are unlikely to surrender ground so easily won just because Biden mouths empty promises about “unity,” and “healing.” You think that radical liberal activists are in your head now? Just wait until Joe Biden actually gets sworn in.