The Strange World Of Phony Forced Apologies
January 31, 2013 68 Comments
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver yesterday said he doesn’t support the idea of having a homosexual teammate. It’s a safe bet that sometime today he’ll issue some sort of fake apology after having been pressured by the media, homosexual lobby and probably the NFL. We live in a world of forced, fake apologies. They come from two celebrity sources. The first is from celebrities who commit some sort of crime or say something inflammatory about another celebrity. The second is from celebrities who dare to utter conservative viewpoints in public. We’ll deal with the latter today although the former is interesting because it helps shape our meaningless apology culture.
Phil Mickelson had the audacity to criticize American tax policy. Michelson lives in California which has a 13% income tax in addition to the 39% Federal income tax and all the other taxes one could imagine they have in California. He suggested some changes were in order, including moving out of California. Within a day he was forced to apologize after a left-wing media firestorm over his comments. The coverage of this story was amazing to watch, ESPN nearly had a conniption over Mickelson’s statements. This is the same ESPN that praised Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim for supporting gun control and advertises nearly every sports related comment Obama makes. They praise left-wing views and attack conservative athletes.
It isn’t just athletes that have been attacked for uttering conservative views. White House advisor Valarie Jarrett was forced to issue a fake apology for calling homosexuality a “lifestyle choice.” In fact, a majority of forced apologies seem to have to do with opposition to homosexuals in one form or another. The homosexual lobby, which is nothing more than a thug bully group, relentlessly attacks anyone who dares voice opposition to homosexuality. Chic-fil-a was relentlessly attacked by the homosexual left when one of its officers opposed homosexual marriage. They refused to apologize. The Boy Scouts have been subject to these attacks as well, they seem poised to apologize by allowing homosexual scout masters.
It’s very clear that conservative viewpoints aren’t tolerated in the polite liberal media society. Thus we seem to have any number of apologies issued by athletes and celebrities for daring to utter conservative opinion. Most of them go along with it in order to eliminate bad press. What the left is doing however is bullying conservatives into apologizing for their beliefs. The message that gets sent to the public is two fold. First the message is that conservative view points are wrong and something worthy of shame. Second, the message is that meaningless apologies count for something. Both are bad for society.
The left, Obama included, is trying to silence conservatives. The left-wing media does it through intimidation, forcing apologies or simply running endless negative press. Obama does it by declaring debate in this country over. Yet we still have a country where the majority identify as conservative. Even on issues such as homosexual marriage, half the country opposes it. The left is trying to silence opposition through intimidation in order to get what they want. All of these apologies are meaningless and the message is that if you can give an apology to someone even if you don’t really mean it. That could has profound consequences for society. The left of course doesn’t care about that as long as buggering men get to marry each other while taxes go up.
We Americans need to knock it off with the forced apology. We should not force people in the spotlight to agree with us on all issues nor should we demand an apology when said people don’t agree with us. Society should not allow the media to bully people into apologizing for their beliefs, even if we happen to disagree. These issues are hardly settled, it’s not like we’re talking about people like Michael Richards who launched a racist rant at a comedy club a decade ago. We’re talking about celebrities and athletes who make conservative statements in public on issues that are hardly settled. Disagree with them all you want, that is everyone’s right. However it is not in anyone’s right to demand forced apologies for refusing to tow the liberal line.