* Wearing clothes from another ethnic group
* White with dreadlocks
* Men building pipelines
= cultural appropriation, racism, toxic masculinity
Men wearing female dress and makeup
People’s Party Founder Maxime Bernier wasn’t “condemning” drag performers for what they do. Rather, he was mocking the “cultural Marxist” left, for their often contradictory views on what is racism/appropriation, and what is diversity. Was the tone very mocking? Yes, but satire often is.
There was another quote about rejecting an offer from Finance Minister Bill Morneau to attend a drag show together. Bernier mocked him as well, suggesting that balancing the budget and ending crony capitalism would be better uses of his time. Here are some quotes from the article:
“People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier sent a tweet Tuesday attacking what he called the “leftist logic” that praises female impersonators while branding white people who wear dreadlocks or blackface as racists or perpetrators of cultural appropriation.
Bernier said it was illogical for drag artists wearing makeup and women’s clothing to be celebrated as a source of diversity while the actions of others — notably whites who adopt some of the physical characteristics of racial minorities — are demonized as discriminatory.”
The author seems to be missing the point. Leftist hypocrisy towards various “oppressed” groups is worth pointing out. You can’t pick and choose with of your “marginalised” groups aren’t really marginalised. Learning to code may be a better use of your time.
“The source of Bernier’s angst is a tweet from the official Twitter account run by Global Affairs Canada that praised Toronto-based drag queen Brooke Lynn Hytes, who will be the first Canadian to appear on the Emmy-award winning reality program RuPaul’s Drag Race. That show sees drag queens compete for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar.”
There doesn’t seem to be any freaking out. Rather, it is this person, J.P. Tasker, who identifies as a “journalist”, who seems to be losing his mind over nothing. Perhaps he should learn to code.
“Blackface has a long and complicated history in North America and is widely regarded as deeply offensive. Its origins date back to 19th century minstrel shows that saw white performers paint their faces a darker tone to mock black Americans.
The earliest of these shows ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations, depicting black people as lazy, ignorant, cowardly or hypersexual, according to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).
‘Let’s provoke some head explosions’
The history of drag performance is murkier. Female impersonation has been a part of stage performances for generations.
Drag queens have been a fixture of gay bars in the West since at at least the post-Second World War era. Performers, typically gay men, dress in women’s clothing and sometimes impersonate famous ‘gay icons’ to entertain patrons.
After receiving backlash for his tweet, Bernier said: “Let’s provoke some head explosions among social justice warriors.” He also said blackface is a “non-existent phenomenon.””
Obviously coding isn’t his strong spot. Even if all this is true, so what? This was a joke. Leftists can’t take a joke, and should probably learn to code in case his day job doesn’t work out.
“Bernier condemned “agitated journalists” Tuesday for “freaking out” and making inquiries about a tweet he himself had sent only hours earlier, saying the media should instead focus on more important issues like his stance on pipeline development, equalization and corporate welfare.”
He has a point. CBC journalists have a tendency to freak out over minor things. Maybe they should learn to code. This author in particular seems really thin-skinned.