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May 14, 2014 - 5:21 am

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Leave it to Ann Coulter to get the Left’s panties in a wad over the latest trendy expression of concern: hashtag activism. The pundit tweeted her parody of the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag craze, in which several high-profile figures, including First Lady Michelle Obama, have released photographs of themselves with stern visages holding up signs bearing the hashtag. Coulter’s photo features a pouty face and the hashtag #BringBackOurCountry.

Needless to say, the Left is up in arms over Coulter’s satire. From Talking Points Memo:

Coulter posted a photo to Twitter with her own iteration of the hashtag, in an apparent attempt to ridicule some of the high profile people, including First Lady Michelle Obama, who took part in the original campaign.

She got more than 1,000 retweets, including by Red State’s Erick Erickson. Conservative radio host Thomas Purcell also tweeted a photo of himself holding up Coulter’s hashtag.

However, her attempt backfired with a slew of people tweeting images of Coulter holding the same sign but photoshopped with messages that turned the tables on her. Gawker curated many of them, including some of the crudest.

Naturally, the Left has missed the point. No one doubts the sincerity of those who are concerned, and nobody is making light of the plight of these poor girls. Instead, Coulter and others like Rush Limbaugh have aimed their daggers at the emptiness of such awareness-raising gestures. No one at Boko Haram is saying, “Look at their photos. They must really be serious. We should let the girls go.”

Over at Taki’s, our very own Kathy Shaidle said it memorably:

Ah, details, schmetails. Within living memory, Westerners at least paid lip service to the ideal that “justice must be seen to be done.” Today, ain’t nobody got time for that. What “must be seen to be done” instead is trendy, risk-free, bumper sticker level moral preening that burns as few calories as possible.

In a society that valorizes conspicuous exertion—by the steroid-powered professional athlete, the 80-hour-a-week attorney, the Christmas morning jogger—it’s revealing that this is what passes for compassionate, socially aware “activism.”

For people obsessed with “raising awareness,” it sure takes leftists a long time to get outraged about stuff that actually matters.

Coulter’s parody photo distills the real behavior of the Left: sincere intentions trump decisive action. Like the red AIDS ribbons of yesteryear, a photo with a hashtag and the right facial expression shows that you care, regardless of how little you actually do -- and that’s all that matters. We’re all aware of the terrible plight of these girls. The real question is: what are we going to do about it?

Updated: Here are two more Michelle Obama hashtag parodies, courtesy of Lisa De Pasquale.

Updated again: And here are some more, courtesy of Ann herself.

All Chris Queen wanted to be growing up was a game show host, a weather man, or James Bond. But his writing talent won out. By day, Chris is a somewhat mild-mannered office manager for an IT managed services provider, but by night, he keeps his finger on the pulse of pop culture and writes about it. In addition to his Disney obsession (as evidenced by his posts on this website), Chris's interests include college sports -- especially his beloved Georgia Bulldogs -- and a wide variety of music. A native of Marietta, GA, Chris moved with his family as a child to nearby Covington, GA, where he still makes his home. He is an active charter member of Eastridge Community Church and enjoys spending time with family and friends. In addition to his work at PJ Media, Chris spent nearly a year as a contributor to NewsReal Blog. He has also written for Celebrations Magazine and two newspapers in Metro Atlanta. Check out his website, www.chrisqueen.net.
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#BringBackOurHealthcare
#BringBackOurRuleOfLaw
#BringBackOurJobs
#BringBackOurEconomy
#BringBackOurInternationalRespect
#BringBackOurPresidentialIntegrity
#BringBackOurSeparationOfPowers
#BringBackOurCountry'sHonor

(I could go on but you get the idea)
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I'm afraid to speak my mind or even ask valid questions in public. My career, my family, even my legal freedom can be put in jeopardy. I can't publicly affirm the tenants of my religion without shutting down my living. I can be expelled from school for asking too many questions or reading the wrong books in public. I can be physically assaulted for holding a sign simply identifying where I stand on issues, and be labeled the aggressor. I can have my property expropriated in the name of tolerance, which has now been declared to be a "one way street," because my words are not sufficiently congratulatory enough. Keeping to my conscience in now hate speech, and speech urging hatred of people with my morals is now celebrated as tolerance.

Hashtag activism is not at all empty words. It is lynch mob politics: empty against those who use violence, but very effective at bringing violence to bear on those who will not oppose force with force.
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Can we admit right up front that there is a Janitor working the Night Shift, on the sixth floor of a Building in Blaine, Washington who constitutes the Majority of who is unaware of what happened in Nigeria?

Raising Awareness would apply with maybe #bringbackourconstitution or #bringbackourbackbone (or a colloquialism using the common name for spherical toys) #bringbackourindependantirs etc. etc.

Let's face it, awareness isn't the issue.

The real purpose of these Hashtag Activism signs is "lets make sure people know we care while we do NOTHING what so ever to achieve the goal!"
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Coulter works at provoking liberals because it is profitable and it is work she loves. Many other conservatives like Palin, Malkin, and all black conservatives provoke liberal fits of rage merely by existing.
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#BringBackOurBalls.
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#BringbackourMarineCorpnotthehangfor60seconthebarCorp!
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#bringbackourConstitution
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# I love BIRTHERS!
# Support Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Mike Zullo
# My husband is a Fraud
# Flagged SS# 042-68-4425
# My husband is a Dual Citizen
# My husband registered with Selective Service in 2008 fraudulently
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A group of brave American celebrities is going beyond using hashtags. They are launching a daring raid on the Boko Haram camp. Go, A-listers, go! http://dandygoat.com/celebrities-to-battle-boko-haram
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"Hashtag activism is not at all empty words. It is lynch mob politics: empty against those who use violence, but very effective at bringing violence to bear on those who will not oppose force with force." sirspider

“If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.” – Thomas Sowell
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Remember Hands Across America? Tens of thousands of people holding hands to form a single chain from coast o coast (it didn't work) to help the homeless. I never understood the connection, This must have been around 1980. It was the grandaddy of useless protests.
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It was a PR stunt from some non-profit. Lots of expensive commercials.
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#Weeping

#Gnashing of Teeth

# Wailing

#Flailing of one's self

#Shrieking Piteously
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#BringBackOurHealthcare
#BringBackOurRuleOfLaw
#BringBackOurJobs
#BringBackOurEconomy
#BringBackOurInternationalRespect
#BringBackOurPresidentialIntegrity
#BringBackOurSeparationOfPowers
#BringBackOurCountry'sHonor

(I could go on but you get the idea)
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# Impeach my husband
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