It’s time again for The Week in Woke, my attempt to track the silliest things that right-wingers have declared “woke” on a weekly basis. Today we’ve got a pregnant man, some Major League sports, and a renegade … Fox News?
The Pregnant Man Emoji
This week Unicode, the company in charge of setting the standards for emojis across various platforms, unveiled 102 new emojis that are being considered. One of them — well, technically six of them — depicts a mustachioed man with a pregnant belly; there’s also a non-binary “Pregnant Person” emoji. It’s an attempt, Emojipedia noted, to “recognize that pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people.”
Naturally, heads exploded. “Woke Culture Strikes Again As “Pregnant Man” Emoji Now Being Considered, declared Jeremy Porter on DrewBerquist.com.
There is no stopping the left when it comes to the list of outrageous demands they have for the future of America. … liberals don’t operate in a world of facts or even science. They believe it is all about how you feel. If you feel like a woman, but were born a man – then simply change your gender. And don’t forget, the rest of the world has to go along with it. But no matter how hard they try, science has laws like a man can’t get pregnant. Well, thanks to woke left, men might not be able to carry a child, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a “pregnant man” emoji.
Dude, what part of “trans men can get pregnant” do you not understand?
The National Football League
I guess the NFL is still trying to make up for its atrocious handling of Colin Kaepernick. According to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports, the league
will introduce more social justice messaging on fields and player helmets during the upcoming 2021 season. ….
To reinforce its 10-year, $250 million commitment to combat systemic racism, the league will promote social justice via on-field signage, decals on player helmets, and in-stadium PSAs.
The NFL also plans to make “Lift Every Voice and Sing” — often referred to as the Black national anthem — a prominent part of all big league events, said sources.
This last bit seems to have thrown some right-wing critics into a tizzy. “With ‘Black National Anthem’, NFL to Double Down on Viewership-Killing Wokeness” declared Matt Philbin in a headline on newsbusters.org. He continued:
the NFL is bringing back a whole lot of the anti-racism virtue signaling that made pro-football unwatchable last season. …
Sure, it’s farcical and craven, but think how good it will be for business … er, wait. Turns out there’s plenty of evidence that when televised sports go woke, viewers go away.
Blithely predicting that this “wokeness” will mean “billions of dollars lost,” he concluded:
Easy come, easy go. But the chance to soothe the conscience of the feckless, cowed commissioner? Priceless.
Wait, Fox News? Yep. Former Fox News blabber Eric Bolling, now a host on far-right Newsmax, attacked his ex-employer for its allegedly insufficient response to Major League Baseball moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver to protest the passage of an anti-voter legislation in Georgia.
Yep. According to Bolling, who (as Salon points out) left Fox in the midst of allegations of sexual harassment, thinks Fox is “woke” for not being anti-woke enough.
“Speaking of blowing woke smoke, I have to call attention to Fox News,” he decalred. “They seem to hate the ‘woke’ cancel culture agenda as much as I do, but do they really?”
He thinks not.
So Fox News, they raged — rightly so — about Coke going woke. But where were they after MLB canceled the All-Star Game over being woke?
Fox is falling down in the battle for America’s soul, or something.
Now I wonder why Fox was so quiet on the All-Star Game flip-flop, after all, they claim to be against the leftists ruining the country by constantly playing the race card here, there, and everywhere. And against the cancer that cancel culture is.
His theory? Follow the money.
Why were they silent when it came to the All-Star Game. Look no further than their program guide, turns out Fox was broadcasting that Major League Baseball All-Star Game,
Bolling wouldn’t agree with me in a million years, but what I conclude from this little story is that the only way Fox can do things right — in this case by NOT attacking MLB as “woke” — is by doing it for the sleaziest of reasons.
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