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What’s woke this week?

28 March 2019

10:58 AM

28 March 2019

10:58 AM

It’s an interesting mix of woke this week with examples of a global viral disorder and a couple of chicken tidbits. You can make what you will of the implied link between ‘chicken’ and Jordan Peterson paranoids. There’s also yet another story from the world of ‘trans’ corporate activism.

Peterson Paranoia

Not one, but two instances of PPSD (Peterson Paranoia Stress Disorder) surfaced over the last week. One was, of course, from the hallowed halls of academia, where PPSD is rampant amongst those who require safe spaces and trigger warnings. The other was a little less obvious, at least to rational people who don’t suffer from this particular disorder – a bookstore chain in New Zealand that somehow linked one of Peterson’s books to the horrific Christchurch killings.

No sooner had Jordan Peterson tweeted that he had been accepted as a visiting fellow at Cambridge University’s School of Divinity than the university rescinded the offer with its own bald Twitter statement that certainly raised more questions than it answered: “Jordan Peterson requested a visiting fellowship at the Faculty of Divinity, and an initial offer has been rescinded after a further review”.

Huh?

Nothing about why an initial offer was made, nothing about why a ‘further review’ was necessary, nothing about who conducted the review or what criteria were applied.

Cambridge University Students’ Union applauded the decision with the following Facebook statement, probably accompanied by high fives and fist pumps all around.

We are relieved to hear that Jordan Peterson’s request for a visiting fellowship to Cambridge’s faculty of divinity has been rescinded following further review. It is a political act to associate the University with an academic’s work through offers which legitimise figures such as Peterson. His work and views are not representative of the student body and as such we do not see his visit as a valuable contribution to the university, but one that works in opposition to the principles of the university.

Huh — again?

Cambridge’s very own dictionary describes academia as:

The part of society, especially universities, that is connected with studying and thinking

I think that entry is in dire need of an update.

Across our ditch New Zealand bookstore chain Whitcoulls withdrew all copies of Peterson’s self-help book 12 Rules for Life in response to the Christchurch massacre. Are you scratching your head? Whitcoulls, just like Cambridge University, also declined to fully explain the decision, offering instead this statement:

Unfortunately 12 Rules for Life is currently unavailable, which is a decision that Whitcoulls has made in light of some extremely disturbing material being circulated prior, during and after the Christchurch attacks.

Still scratching? You’re not alone, especially if you’ve actually read 12 Rules for Life. The message from Whitcoulls appears to be “let’s not judge Peterson on his published work, but try to tie him to an atrocity from some stuff on Twitter”.

Chick-fil-A sliced and diced

Why did the chicken cross the road? To stand up for equality, inclusion and LGBTQ+ rights, of course.

Chick-fil-A, home of ‘the original chicken sandwich’ is being deep fried by wokesters because of its founder’s views on same-sex ‘marriage’ and donations it makes to charitable organisations that allegedly have anti-LGBT agendas. In Wokeworld corporations are only allowed to represent the interests of ‘approved’ groups.

Last week San Antonio council voted to block Chick-fil-A’s application to open a store at San Antonio airport. News 4 San Antonio reported a statement by Councilman Roberto Trevino:

With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion. San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior. Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport.

Everyone except Chick-fil-A staff and customers, that is.

And in New York the food website Grub Street published a virtue-signalling diatribe by Chris Crowley – The Great New York Chicken Sandwiches That aren’t From Chick-fil-A, for all those whose delicate stomachs won’t allow them to swallow ‘hate’ with their chicken sandwiches. You can enjoy the whole over-heated, dried-out missive here but if your delicate stomach can’t handle too much woke sandwich, here’s a taste:

If you’re the type who likes a squishy bun with juicy chicken, you can find better sandwiches all over New York — and without the lingering aftertaste of discrimination. Here are 17 options that you can eat without fear that you’re also, however indirectly, supporting our nation’s hate-mongers.

United we Trans

The big media release from United Airlines last week was: United Airlines Continues to Lead in Inclusivity by Offering Non-Binary Gender Booking Options. Now passengers will be able to identify themselves as M (male), F (female), U (undisclosed) and MX (unspecified). How very woke.

The release also stated:

As part of implementing these new changes, United has worked with the Human Rights Campaign and The Trevor Project on employee training initiatives. These initiatives include teaching employees about preferred pronouns and the persistence of gender norms; LGBT competency in the workplace and other steps to make United an inclusive space for both customers and employees.

It’s wonderful that wokeworld goes to such lengths to cater for an estimated 0.6 per cent of USA’s adult population. I wouldn’t imagine there would be too much profit increase from a decision like this, but you can never do enough to prove your cred as a woke corporation.

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