Why is it that many good movements start out well, but end up running off the tracks. Black Lives Matter, MeToo, environmental groups, political parties, and other groups often begin with good purposes, but end up one cat shy of crazy.
It’s almost like some secret conspiratorial cabal is intentionally destroying what little common sense is left in the country.
the most recent problem comes from radicals on the fringes of MeToo. Our rape culture is terrible, and I applaud those speaking out against powerful people (like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton, and Bill Cosby) who abuse their power.
But placing a charming song, Baby it’s Cold Outside, written years before I was born, in the line of fire. Really?
So many powerful directions the movement could take, such as combat the woman and child sex trade (tens of millions of sex slaves worldwide). Instead, they take on Dean Martin and Michael Buble singing a popular holiday song, along with major woman singers, no less!
Why do such movements switch from truly important issues to such irrelevant actions, causing them to lose credibility. Just like PETA insisting we no longer use animals phrases in our speech (dog day afternoons, stubborn as a mule), such attacks on innocent songs can leave us cold inside. Words and actions matter, but only in the correct context. Imagining up monsters under every bed does not stop rape culture. It makes it meaningless, just as declaring every cop shooting as racist. After a while, if everything is racist or sexist, then nothing is racist or sexist.
With real issues to fight, why is so much energy wasted on such insanity? Thoreau noted that for every thousand hacking at the leaves, only one or two chop at the roots of real problems. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside ” is a leaf.