Something is happening in Britain that isn’t in the United States.
Prominent Brits are saying they’re sick of the “woke” culture of the Left.
First, it was journalist, TV personality and self-identified liberal Piers Morgan who, on the Ben Shapiro Snow last August, launched a stinging critique of the contemporary Left, calling them “unbearable”.
Then, at 2020 Golden Globes awards in January, comedian and host Ricky Jervais lambasted the Hollywood crowd for their arrogance and hypocrisy.
The latest is actor Laurence Fox (you may know him as Inspector Hathaway in the Lewis TV series).
Fox has become an instant fave of conservatives when he recently said on BBC’s Question Time that Meghan Markle is not a victim of racism (see “Harry & Meghan Markle lose in duel with the Queen”), followed by Fox appearing on the cover of The Sunday Times to tell the world that he does not “date woke women”.
Note: Urban Dictionary defines “wokeness” as “self-righteousness masquerading as enlightenment” and “being constantly offended”.
At that, already ever ready to see chauvinism and insults everywhere, some feminists went into a spitting rage.
In an essay for Medium titled “The Dangerous Rise of Men Who Won’t Date ‘Woke’ Women,” pro-abort UK journalist Vicky Spratt castigates Fox up and down. In addition to Fox not dating “woke” women, he is also guilty of:
- Being “a very privileged man” who doesn’t believe in “white privilege, irrespective of the fact that he works in a painfully undiverse industry, was privately educated and comes from a wealthy acting family which is nothing short of a dynasty.”
- “[D]enying racism and sexism, ” which is “nothing short of gaslighting. It’s all very Donald Trump.”
- Saying “dangerous” things that legitimize a big “backlash against diversity and progress which is unfolding every single day”.
Most “insidious” of all is Fox not wanting to date “woke” women because he exemplifies “(generally white) men” who are “radicalised by anti-feminism” with “hideous and incorrect ideas” and “saying openly sexist and misogynistic things,” whose “hostility towards feminism is feeding directly into far-right movements online.”
According to Spratt, Laurence Fox is “legitimising hatred and division.” Horror of horrors, last year when The Times interviewed Fox, he turned up “wearing a pro-Donald Trump MAGA (Make America Great Again) cap,” which he said was a “social experiment”. But Spratt darkly warns that Fox “wandering the streets in a MAGA cap to provoke ‘hipsters’ can quickly turn into something more sinister.”
Spratt then directly links the “bile” of the “anti-feminist” “far right” to violence, citing the 2016 murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by “far-right terrorist Thomas Mair,” and chat-forum 8chan publishing the manifestos of “the El Paso shooter (who left 20 people dead and many more wounded only a couple of weeks ago), the Poway shooter (who opened fire at a synagogue in California last April) and the Christchurch shooter (who killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand last March).”
Of course, Spratt conveniently ignores and omits the many instances of violence committed by the Left, including attacks on people wearing MAGA hats, and assaults by feminists on pro-lifers. See, for example:
Pratt concludes her essay warning that “the far right” is “capitalising on Fox’s words,” and urges that we must “do something about” the “anti-woke, anti-women backlash” that will “burn hotter and faster”.
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