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Ann Coulterís Parody of Hashtag Activism Gets Under Progressivesí Skin
Pajamas Media ^ | 05/15/2014 | Chris Quinn

Posted on 05/15/2014 7:49:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind


Leave it to Ann Coulter to get the Left’s panties in a wad over the latest trendy expression of concern: hashtag activism. The pundit tweeted her parody of the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag craze, in which several high-profile figures, including First Lady Michelle Obama, have released photographs of themselves with stern visages holding up signs bearing the hashtag. Coulter’s photo features a pouty face and the hashtag #BringBackOurCountry.

Needless to say, the Left is up in arms over Coulter’s satire. From Talking Points Memo:

Coulter posted a photo to Twitter with her own iteration of the hashtag, in an apparent attempt to ridicule some of the high profile people, including First Lady Michelle Obama, who took part in the original campaign.

She got more than 1,000 retweets, including by Red State’s Erick Erickson. Conservative radio host Thomas Purcell also tweeted a photo of himself holding up Coulter’s hashtag.

However, her attempt backfired with a slew of people tweeting images of Coulter holding the same sign but photoshopped with messages that turned the tables on her. Gawker curated many of them, including some of the crudest.

Naturally, the Left has missed the point. No one doubts the sincerity of those who are concerned, and nobody is making light of the plight of these poor girls. Instead, Coulter and others like Rush Limbaugh have aimed their daggers at the emptiness of such awareness-raising gestures. No one at Boko Haram is saying, “Look at their photos. They must really be serious. We should let the girls go.”

Over at Taki’s, our very own Kathy Shaidle said it memorably:

Ah, details, schmetails. Within living memory, Westerners at least paid lip service to the ideal that “justice must be seen to be done.” Today, ain’t nobody got time for that. What “must be seen to be done” instead is trendy, risk-free, bumper sticker level moral preening that burns as few calories as possible.

In a society that valorizes conspicuous exertion—by the steroid-powered professional athlete, the 80-hour-a-week attorney, the Christmas morning jogger—it’s revealing that this is what passes for compassionate, socially aware “activism.”

For people obsessed with “raising awareness,” it sure takes leftists a long time to get outraged about stuff that actually matters.

Coulter’s parody photo distills the real behavior of the Left: sincere intentions trump decisive action. Like the red AIDS ribbons of yesteryear, a photo with a hashtag and the right facial expression shows that you care, regardless of how little you actually do -- and that’s all that matters. We’re all aware of the terrible plight of these girls. The real question is: what are we going to do about it?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: activism; anncoulter; coulter; hashtag; hastag; liberalism

1 posted on 05/15/2014 7:49:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Good. Anything that gets under their skin is okay with me.


2 posted on 05/15/2014 7:51:43 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ann is rocking the left’s world. Always a good day.


3 posted on 05/15/2014 7:52:52 AM PDT by tioga (WFTD...be there or be square.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Funny to see liberals become such fussy church ladies.


4 posted on 05/15/2014 7:54:13 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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if michelle wants to do something, she should get her buddy soros to fund some mercs to do a sweep and clear


5 posted on 05/15/2014 7:57:28 AM PDT by KneelBeforeZod (I have five dollars for each of you)
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To: SeekAndFind
Fortunately, Ann's far, far used to the crudest of vile slime from the Left.

I'm not so sure but that she actually enjoys giving them high blood pressure, and she certainly does that to a tee!

6 posted on 05/15/2014 7:59:13 AM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think it is a big mistake to criticize liberals for hash tag activism.

Usually, whenever liberals want to prove how much they care about something it involves either spending our money or enacting new regulations of our activities.

It doesn’t matter whether the spending or regulations do anything to fix the problem. It only matters how much of our money they spend. The more more it costs us the more they care.

I am in favor of anything liberals want to do to show how much they care about something that does not involve reaching into my wallet.

So the issue boils down to this: would you rather that liberals engage in utterly ineffectual actions that cost us money and freedom or that they engage in utterly ineffectual actions that do not cost us anything?


7 posted on 05/15/2014 8:08:35 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

It’s a shame about the girls. But it’s like uh, a totally other country that’s not ours?

Personally I’m sick of being the world’s police. Let them all kill each other. Bring our guys home.


8 posted on 05/15/2014 8:17:12 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Excellent points.


9 posted on 05/15/2014 8:19:11 AM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hat Tip: http://grouchyoldcripple.com


10 posted on 05/15/2014 8:40:07 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Malaysia Flight MH370 Black Box signals reported in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: Iron Munro

LOL!


11 posted on 05/15/2014 8:40:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

“Above all else, the Devil cannot stand to be mocked.” C. S. Lewis


12 posted on 05/15/2014 8:41:06 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: AppyPappy

Sheeperals cannot stand it when you point out that their source of righteousness is baseless and meaningless.


13 posted on 05/15/2014 8:42:22 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind
Progressive America:


14 posted on 05/15/2014 8:51:15 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: MrB

loving the photoshopped stuff.. keep it up everyone! :)


15 posted on 05/15/2014 8:51:52 AM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: Cen-Tejas

https://www.facebook.com/theconservativetribune/photos/a.520106441401230.1073741826.519305544814653/630722480339625/?type=1&relevant_count=1


16 posted on 05/15/2014 8:56:18 AM PDT by Craftmore
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To: bicyclerepair

“Personally I’m sick of being the world’s police. Let them all kill each other. Bring our guys home.”

Ditto!
I don’t know who’s uglier: neocon Annie or Marxist Mooseshell.
They can both go pound sand.


17 posted on 05/15/2014 9:06:14 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: tioga
Yes, she is a true consrvaive. She has presented great arguments against amnesty and open borders.
18 posted on 05/15/2014 9:19:31 AM PDT by apocalypto
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