Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes is a childhood favorite that bears an uncanny resemblance to 21st century America. While the ruse is elaborate, the metaphor needs no interpretation. At the same time, one of my favorite pundits, Judd Garrett, uses the 19th Century fairy tale to illustrate the delusions of the woke culture, especially regarding the trans-movement.
You know the situation has devolved to the point beyond ridiculous when it’s no longer enough that we say a person born with an X and Y chromosome is a woman, because now we’re also expected celebrate individuals such as Monroe Lace (a man born with an X and a Y chromosome) who was recently crowned “Miss San Francisco” and who will soon compete for the title of Miss California.
And if a clear-thinking individual dares to refuse applauding these delusions and prefers the obvious truth, he or she is likely to be called, a bigot, a hater, transphobic or a denier. So, much like the townspeople in the 17th century fable, if an individual doesn’t go along with these dangerously deceptive notions, they risks public shaming of the worst kind. Perhaps that’s why so many otherwise intelligent people wave pride flags these days.
I find it a bit curious though that more people don’t see the eerie parallel with fascist Europe of the 1930’s. I’ve written before that in 1930’s Germany, 40,000,000 German adults didn’t just wake up one morning believing they were the master race. No, the great canard was slowly and carefully cultivated in the minds of the average German by the Nazi propaganda machine, much the way our legacy media advances this 21st century trans delusion in America. German citizens weren’t inherently evil in the 1930’s, yet millions of them turned a blind eye to what was going on around them, not because they were bad people, but because they were frightened. They feared the consequences of not going along, which is not too dissimilar from the pluralistic ignorance we see in America today.
The townspeople in Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale pretended the Emperor was wearing clothes for one simple reason–they feared reprisals, and as a result, they went along with the Emperor’s delusion. Similarly, the people of 1930’s Germany understood that if they stood up against the Nazis, they might lose their jobs, their homes, be jailed or worse; so, as a matter of self-preservation, they turned a blind eye to what they saw around them.
The woke cancel culture is nearly everywhere these days; from Loudin County Virginia, where a father faces prison time because he had the temerity to attend a school board meeting in defense of this daughter, a 15-year-old who had been raped in the school bathroom by a boy who claimed to be a girl, to Major League Baseball.
~ Recant, recant, recant ~
A Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, Anthony Bass learned the hard way not to fight the trans delusion when he used social media to call for a boycott of both Bud Light and Target for embracing the transgender movement and the LGBTQ agenda both of which are in direct conflict with his Christian faith. And to illustrate how far this lie has been inculcated into every aspect of our society, after receiving the backlash from the LGBTQ community even Major League Baseball came down on him. Even more unbelievable, not a single teammate nor any one of the other 749 ballplayers in the major leagues had the courage to stand up for him!
Mr. Bass ended up issuing an apology for his Christian beliefs and affirmed the LGBTQ movement. In a recorded message, which could have been mistaken for an ISIS hostage video, he said, “I recognize yesterday that I made a post that was hurtful to the Pride community, which includes friends of mine and close family members of mine, and I am truly sorry for that… and, as of right now, I am using the Blue Jays’ resources to better educate myself to make better decisions moving forward. The ballpark is for everybody. We include all fans at the ballpark, and we want to welcome everybody.” And if anyone believes Anthony Bass came up with or wrote that apology himself, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.
Mr. Bass was forced to choose between his Christian beliefs and his multi-million-dollar career, a situation that 15 years ago would have been unthinkable in America, but not anymore. And as Garrett tells us, this is occurring on almost every front, whether it’s “climate change, domestic terrorism, white supremacy, or Covid.” And if anyone has the impudence to question the validity or existence of any of these false narratives, they too will be labeled bigoted, transphobic, a science-denier, and then canceled from their lives. The parallels with fascist Europe of the 1930’s should frighten us all.
The transgender movement is predicated upon a disturbing ideology that denies basic facts about human beings. But denying fundamental realities like the relationship between a person’s gender and his or her biological sex does nothing to alter these realities. Instead, it simply fosters an inchoate form of dissonance, typically in those who are already vulnerable or struggling. It tells those experiencing gender dysphoria that their bodies are incidental to their identities and creates a disconnect between how individuals think and feel and who they actually are.
Quote of the day: “Wherever you get enough far left people in power, you can find a similar willingness to force everyone into collectivist conformity at all costs.” – Thomas Sowell