There's some Clueless-ness being displayed, and it goes well beyond actress Stacey Dash.
Dash—who hasn't done much since the amusing teen flick Clueless—decided to tweet her support for Mitt Romney for president. She accompanied it with a photo of her in a swimsuit, which should settle the issue right there about whether the opinions of celebrities or lesser-known actors are noteworthy, let alone newsworthy.
But people tweeted back (does no one have a job to go to?) ridiculing her for her choice and even, in at least one case, suggesting that there was something traitorous about a black woman refusing to endorse a mixed-race candidate for president. It is that tweet that has gotten the most attention—and given the most attention to someone who hasn't recently earned it through her work.
There's a segment of the conservative community that is still so confused about why anyone—anyone—would support President Barack Obama that they have come up with some odd theories. George Will hypothesized that some sort of white guilt was driving otherwise sensible caucasians to support Obama. We don't know who really writes tweets—anyone could say they are anyone, really—but the over-exposure of a race-related comment about Dash's endorsement has gotten an absurd amount of media attention. And it's not because there's a race war brewing over being true to the black cause, it's because it is some kind of pathetically tame "proof" that Obama's support could only be race-driven.
You want to see racially-tinged comments? Troll the web, and—especially on pages where offensive comments are not taken down—you can read the most hateful and vitriolic examples of racism you can imagine. I don't think these voices are remotely a majority or even a big part of the electorate—they are just the loudest on the Internet, where anonymity provides cover for cowards. Giving national attention to the retort-tweet Dash got, presenting her as some sort of victim, is absurd. But drawing attention to some sort of "reverse racism" cleanses the faux-conscience of news organizations which want to believe infractions are always equal for each side, whether the sides are candidates or movements. This country still is uncomfortable talking about race, even with a president with African-American heritage. This is why it is presented as more of an outrage when someone accuses someone of racism, as opposed to actually being racist or saying or doing something racist. Pumping up the Dash tweets is just a lame way of trying to prove that they're being as tough on both "sides" of the race issue.
We know that there are African-Americans who support Romney. So what? Their numbers are low, according to polls. The idea that the majority of African-Americans would love to join Dash in her mission to elect Romney, if only they didn't feel they were betraying a brother, is ridiculous and insulting. Perhaps Dash is a fiscal conservative. Perhaps she's quite successful, and—as would be understandable to someone with a lot of money—wants to pay less in taxes. Who knows? But more to the point, who cares?
The incessant reporting on Hollywood endorsements is tiresome. The manufacture of a race war by some B-movie version of a conservative Rosa Parks is an embarrassment.
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