Accuracy in Media

It’s not that Hollywood bigwigs and others are being outed for pedophilia, it’s that it is a right-wing hit job designed to discourage critics of President Trump, according to an article in Slate.

“Right-wing activists are on a pedophile-hunting spree,” wrote Slate. “Over the past several days, supporters of Donald Trump have targeted a series of left-leaning celebrities for tweets and jokes that make light of child rape.

“Trump-hating filmmaker James Gunn, who was set to direct the third ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie, was fired by Disney on Friday after Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec and other far-right trolls resurfaced years-old tweets in which Gunn joked about sex acts and children, including one in which he wrote, “I like when little boys touch me in my silly place.”

The people who brought the pedophilia references to the public’s attention are “right-wing activists,” but the people who made the remarks are “left-leaning celebrities,” according to the piece. These are not declarations of personal preferences but “tweets and jokes that make light of child rape.”

After Gunn was forced out, Cernovich, Posobiec and others exposed Dan Harmon, co-creator of “Rick and Morty,” for a 2009 video in which he pretended to sexually assault a baby doll.

Slate took issue with how the public found out rather than the content of the video itself. This wasn’t exposing grossly inappropriate behavior, it was revenge for liberal attacks on more outrageous activities.

“While Harmon reportedly filmed the video as a low-budget send-up to ‘Dexter,’ Trump fans on public-facing platforms like Twitter said the clip was evidence of his perverse sexual fantasies and/or his lack of concern for survivors of childhood abuse. In the privacy of their own forums, they told a different story.

“The Guardian reported that a 4chan user defended the decision to publicize the video by referencing Roseanne Barr’s ouster from her eponymous ABC sitcom after she compared black Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape. ‘If they get to take scalps for someone making racist jokes,’ the user wrote, ‘we get to take scalps for them making pedophilia jokes.’”

This was Pizzagate – the assertion earlier by Cernovich, Posobiec and others that a Washington pizzeria linked to Democratic Party leaders was being used as cover for child sex trafficking ring – on steroids, Slate wrote.

“The attacks on Gunn, Harmon and Comet Ping Pong are all examples of the same bizarre phenomenon: a bad-faith, right-wing fixation on pedophilia as a panic-raising ploy to discredit and silence progressive celebrities,” Slate wrote.

“Right-wing pedophile-accusers are simply grasping for the easiest way to tarnish someone’s name. … Once the word ‘pedophilia’ is uttered, a risk-averse corporation like Disney is going to do what a risk-averse corporation does. (Adult Swim [the network that carries Harmon’s show and has backed him so far] deserves credit for not falling for this ploy.)”

“Far-right agitators have ginned up legitimate-sounding pretexts (ethics in games journalism, child rape) to abet their goal of harming their political enemies,” Slate wrote. “With the help of social media platforms that allow them to spread disinformation to millions of users and bots, these guys can easily win the numbers game that convinces companies that firing a progressive employee – like Sam Seder, who was briefly let go at MSNBC after Cernovich found a 2009 tweet joking about Roman Polanski – is the smart thing to do.”

White males feel threatened, and this is their way of fighting back, Slate wrote.

“Alt-right and men’s rights activists are nothing if not anxious – anxious about falling white birth rates, the increasing prominence of communities of color, the entrance of feminist rhetoric into mainstream discourse, growing visibility and rights of LGBTQ people, the election of a black president and the near-election of a female one, and mounting pushback against people who say racist and sexist things in public.

“By accusing progressives of pedophilia, men scared of losing power can convince themselves and their like-minded peers that they have legitimate reasons to orchestrate their opponents’ downfall.

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