If you’ve followed the news within the last week, then you’ve noticed that certain conservative pundits have undeniably proven that they can sink to new levels of low.
To raise awareness of the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian school girls by the extremist group, Boko Haram, #BringBackOurGirls began trending on Twitter. What should have been a message everyone could get on board with became a point of mockery, especially for Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. People everywhere posted photos of themselves holding up signs with #BringBackOurGirls, including the First Lady, Michelle Obama. Limbaugh called it “pathetic” and Ann Coulter ridiculed it by holding a sign of her own saying “#bringbackourcountry.”
For this week’s 3 for Thursday, I’d like to highlight three great responses to this conservative mockery, taking on Limbaugh, Coulter, and well, all the rest of their like-minded groupthink really.
1) The Daily Show tells Limbaugh: #F*@KYouRush
Jon Stewart sends Limbaugh a message on Twitter, sparking more trending Twitter activism.
2) Twitter Reminds Ann Coulter never to hold a white, eminently photoshopable sign
Coulter’s heartless response to #BringBackOurGirls by holding up a sign saying #BringBackOurCountry turned deliciously against her on Twitter. First lesson of being a jerk: never give Twitter a photo of you holding a white, very photoshopable sign. They’ll eat you alive. See some other examples here.
3) Slate explains conservative tribalism
Written before the latest backlash against #BringBackOurGirls, Jamelle Bouie’s article, “Conservative Tribalism,” at Slate is thoroughly applicable to this situation. It’s fine to disagree on the issues, but it may be that an issue isn’t always judged on its merits; it may simply be dismissed because of who promotes it. While any group is subject to tribalism, it does seem to explain recent extremist and reactionary conservative hot button issues. It definitely gets at Limbaugh and Coulter’s cold-hearted absurdity.
“Mass transit. Common Core. Light bulbs. Conservatives hate these things for no better reason than that liberals like them….” Read the entire piece at Slate.com.