White Unprivilege

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke2/7/17
Actress Alison Becker Sends Racist, Sexist Tweet  •  It’s yet another example of Trump-era celebrity derangement. Comedienne and actress Alison Becker attacked me via Twitter recently, saying I “have absolutely no authority on inequality as a white, cis male.”

Becker, a host on Fuse and VH1 who has also appeared on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, had some hostile intent Feb. 1 in tweeting that an article I wrote “is ignorant, offensive, and misses the point.” She didn’t indicate what piece raised her ire (I write a lot), but the only article of mine published that day was titled “The Equality Con: Why Income Gaps Don’t Matter” and made the snowflake-melting assertion that inequality is “irrelevant.”

Whatever upset little Alison, though, she perhaps feared her own increasing irrelevancy — it appears she deleted the tweet in question. But here it is:

The irony of presenting oneself as a champion for equality while claiming that a whole group defined by race and sex has no business even talking about it apparently eluded Becker. But I don’t blame her for nixing the tweet. Using the word “cis”? Really?

For the uninitiated, that’s short for “cisgender,” a silly term for someone who, shockingly, actually identifies as the sex he was born as. That’s awfully presumptuous of Alison, though. How does she know I’m cis? Maybe I aim to supplant Milo Yiannopoulos as the new fabulous thing on college campuses.

Speaking of which, it’s bad enough when college-age lunkheads use the term. Becker is 39 years old. Not only that, but when I mocked her for parroting the cis nonsense and, uh…impugned her intellect (okay, I called her an airhead), she responded with the following:

Actually, Alison, I’m getting people to notice you! It’s interesting that this Mensa genius can’t figure out that every term was made up at one point or another and that “cis” is new enough so that, for example, my Word program flags it as a misspelling. And this is a woman who calls President Trump a “stupid, ignorant, incompetent a**” on her Twitter page (so she’s eloquent, too).

But given Becker’s defensiveness about her intellect, if she herself ever decides to graduate from cis status, maybe she can play the following role in some future remake of The Godfather Part II.

So, newer Fredo: “I can handle things, Mike! I’m smart! I’m in MENSA!”

Whatever the case, don’t worry, Alison — you’ll make it one of these days. If Sarah Silverman and Madonna find their happy place in a rubber room, next year’s Women’s March may need a featured shrieker.

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8 Responses to White Unprivilege

  1. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Who is Alison Becker? Selwyn, you need to up your game and get some idiot like Lena Dunham to attack you. I also had no idea who Dunham was until I read about her attacking another conservative. This is how these losers gain notoriety.

    As to Becker’s claim of being in MENSA, I have my doubts. That being said, I have always thought it strange that supposedly intelligent people feel the need to try and join such an organization. Who are they trying to impress, themselves or others?

    • Timothy Lane says:

      A friend of mine used to be a member, and they had meetings that often included guest speakers. One I went to with him (I qualified easily on the basis of my high school SAT results) featured a speaker discussing Orwell and 1984.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    I’ve never heard of her, and somehow it doesn’t seem like I’ve missed anything. I’ll admit I have heard of Fredo Corleone, having both read the book and seen the movie. I can’t remember who played him, though.

  3. Stuart Whitman Stuart Whitman says:

    I’m left wondering who has “authority” on these matters? Gay black females? Government burecrats? Comedians? My guess is “authority” comes from “authors”.

    I liked your piece. Arthur Brooks also touched on these issues in a terrific piece this week. Very enlightening. For a white cis male.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      No one has sole authority. Anyone who claims to be a victim on basically leftist grounds has a right to complain and be taken seriously. This conveniently gives the spoiled brats an excuse to act up.

  4. Lucia says:

    Everyone is a victim of something. It’s human nature to hurt one another, even accidently, even a loved one, to some degree or another. It’s what we make of it, how we handle it that matters. Are we going to learn from it and use it as an opportunity to go forward in life as better people? Or are we going to sit in our pity corner and lick our wounds for the rest of our life, going nowhere, learning nothing? Sure, I feel sorry for anyone who hurts, but we don’t live in Heaven yet and no laws can bring Heaven down to Earth.

  5. David N. says:

    “Al”, as some friends call her, is a Pisces from Jersey who attended Georgetown University. The fact that she is a Mensa member just goes to show that again intelligence is relative, and it doesn’t mean that you can’t behave like a fool.

    She dreams of being famous like her heroines Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey. Her tweet attack on you Selwyn was most likely made out of frustration because she is mostly unknown, and so she took the typical ‘social justice’ whiner route of attempting to become relevant overnight.

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