I pointed out that Roseanne Barr may well have not realized that the Iran-born and vaguely Middle Eastern-looking Valerie Jarrett has some black ancestry; instead, the 65-year-old plastic surgery addict may have been reacting snippily to the 61-year-old Jarrett’s implausibly wrinkle-free face:
Everybody is assuming “planet of the apes” is a metaphor for sub-Saharan Africans. (Why?)
iSteve commenter Rapparee answers:
Clear-cut case of hate hypochondria. Few entertainers are actually willing go The Full Michael Richards with their tasteless jokes these days (even whilst high), so the mob has to manufacture “racist” context out of whole cloth to get its fix of outrage — and I do mean “fix”, because outrage is one heck of an addictive drug. 2018 Twitter mobs are coming to resemble the drunks on Indian Reservations who imbibe rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer when the liquor stores close.
Twitter is weird – it’s like a magical spell that transforms the entire nation – the entire 320 million person 50 state United States of America – into a large high-school of 3000-5000 students – large, but just small enough there are popular kids, lots of cliques of varying repute, and you probably don’t have a whole lot of status yourself, but just the same way you did have a tweets-worth of input to the popular-kid trend in your large urban high school, you’ve got a tweets-worth of input here too, and the popular kids will even nod at you from time to time.
Trouble is: everything that is toxic about high school, that we were completely happy to leave behind with high school, and that is best quarantined at high schools where it’s a necessary evil to the process of growing up and becoming civilized adults – re-infects us on a national level.