AMERICA UNHINGED!? Are We Close To Losing It All?

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A statement from Samantha Bee’s Twitter account.

DK ONLINE: Well…this has been one crazy week hasn’t it? It seems many celebrities are going off the rails with richly divisive rhetoric.  The latest episode came after talk show host and comedian Samantha Bee said she was sorry to First Daughter Ivanka Trump, after making an obscene remark about her while urging action on her father’s immigration policy which separates children from theirs parents.

“I crossed a line,” Bee said.  “I deeply regret it.”

That line was violated when Bee called Ivanka Trump a “feckless c—,” also telling her to “put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f—ing stop it.” She meant stopping the policy, which was also in place during the Obama Administration.

This outburst came just days after another comedian, Roseanne Barr saw her hit namesake sitcom canceled after she fired off a tweet comparing former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape.

Many have pointed to a double standard in the entertainment industry given that TBS, which airs Samantha Bee’s program, stood by her while “Roseanne” was flatly dropped by ABC.

Others have said privately owned networks can handle their business on their own terms. This is generally true.

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A statement from Roseanne Barr’s Twitter account.

There is, however, a bigger question.  What has happened in our society that allows for so many public figures to deliver bombastic, controversial statements that sharply divide the country with seemingly little concern for the damage left behind? I get freedom of speech, but we ultimately have to ask what’s at stake in the abandonment of total decency. Have we become that unhinged?

America is in great peril if We The People can no longer follow a political or policy debate without rhetoric that dives straight into racism, sexism or any other dehumanizing and disenfranchising  “-ism.”

We have so much greatness in this country in people form all walks of life. Surely we are better than this.  While we all have entertainers we love, surely we can demand better when they cross the line.  If we don’t, what will we have left? Will we really let the blazing and increasingly flagrant culture wars rip this country to shreds? I certainly hope not.

This is truly a battle for the very soul of our nation: one that gets nowhere without civility.

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