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GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Ratings Crash for NBA, MLB After Protest-Filled Debuts.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: A&E Loses Half Its Viewers After Canceling Live PD.

A&E GETS WOKE, GOES BROKE. Hey, John, don’t give up on Nike and Starbucks. Especially when Nike hits Trump’s second-term China sanctions.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: A&E Has Lost Half Its Viewers Since Dropping ‘Live PD.’ Network’s prime-time viewership was up 4% this year before it canceled its hit police reality show, Nielsen data show.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Twitter says it’s looking at subscription options as ad revenue drops sharply. They’d have to pay me to come back. And handsomely. But honestly, nothing would do more to improve our politics and our public discourse than the demise of Twitter, which is downright toxic.

PURGING THE WOKE: LET’S HOPE THIS SPREADS: Red Bull Just Purged High-Level Execs Who Pushed for ‘Diversity and Inclusion.’ “Not only were the top two North American executives fired, but so were entire marketing teams and ‘culture’ teams that were dedicated to pushing the lie of systemic racism.”

Plus: “Have you ever heard of the phrase, ‘get woke, go broke?’ It turns out there is a simple way to prevent this, and it involves firing people indiscriminately, until the rest of the employees realize that the only way they are going to be able to keep their jobs is by being professional, and keeping their kook politics out of the workplace. Pour encourager les autres.”

I believe I have heard that phrase somewhere. (Bumped).

HUMAN RIGHTS UPDATE: China Take Note: GOP Sen. Hawley to Push Comprehensive Anti-Slave Labor Bill. “We on the Right like to say, ‘Get woke, go broke,’ but in fact there are some very woke companies like Nike that have gotten quite rich using China’s and other overseas labor that would violate the antislavery 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Furloughs turn into job losses as Vox Media lays off 72 staffers.

THE LEFT-WING CRACKUP: Should a white member of the moral elite get rich off of this scam?

A couple of weeks ago, street protesters broke all the windows in a coffee shop that I frequent. Normally, I’d get angry about an act of senseless violence like this, but the media tells me that those vandals are good people fighting for a righteous cause, so I’m trying to keep it in that perspective. Perhaps it’s even the owner’s fault for not putting up a “Black Lives Matter” sign in the window like so many other small businesses here in Richmond have, although I suspect it’s more of a prophylactic measure than true expression of solidarity. It’s very confusing. It looks to me like the Left has lost its mind, resembling a cult more than a political movement, with its disciples repeating stock phrases like robots.

The message I get repeatedly from the people in charge of our current cultural revolution, and the media that complies with its rhetoric and actions, is that they’re the moral elite, and we can’t question them. So when the mob tore down a statue of George Washington in Portland, they explained that it’s because he was a slave owner, and therefore justified. Don’t bother arguing that he was the founder of the nation, because the United States, according to the progessive moral elite, is nothing to celebrate. It’s a failed, white supremacist state conceived in slavery and beyond redemption. The only solution is to tear it down and rebuild it from the ground up, which is what BLM espouses. Liberals voicing their approval for the BLM movement should keep this in mind. If they get their way, you’re not going to like it.

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The Sorbonne meets Conquest’s Third Law of Politics: “The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE. PLUS PANDEMIC: Nike Reports Surprise $790 Million Loss, 46% Plunge in North American Sales.

CLASS WAR: Consider this passage:

The class war in our country is business class vs. first class; in automotive terms, it’s E-Class vs. S-Class. Everybody’s comfortable. And that produces some odd outcomes: Nobody’s going to do one goddamned thing about how they conduct business in Philadelphia or Chicago or any other corrupt, Democrat-dominated city, but there are going to be some “new representation and inclusion standards for Oscars eligibility,” and we are going to be treated to — joy of joys! — a deep national discussion on whether some Broadway stars don’t have it quite as good as other Broadway stars. The bloody-snouted hyenas have looked up from the kill just long enough to announce the creation of the Goldman Sachs Fund for Racial Equity.

It’s always the same thing: Our newspapers are full of intense interest in Harvard’s admissions standards but have very little to say about New York City’s dropout rate. People can’t help being fascinated with themselves and their peers. If you want to know what is on the minds of the leaders of the American ruling class, it’s no secret. They’ll tell you, if you ask — and if you don’t.

George Floyd is still dead. Jacob Frey is still mayor of Minneapolis. Medaria Arradondo is still the chief of police. More than a third of black students will drop out of high school in Milwaukee. But Forbes has announced a change in its in-house stylebook and will henceforth honor the woke convention of uppercase Black vs. lowercase white. And George Floyd is still dead. Jacob Frey is still mayor of Minneapolis. Medaria Arradondo is still the chief of police.

Oh, but they got James Bennet, the opinion editor at the New York Times. And surely that is something? It is, indeed, a very useful illustration of the E-Class vs. S-Class divide. Bennet was fired after purportedly endangering the lives of black Times staffers — a charge no mentally normal adult actually takes seriously — by publishing a guest column about the riots and the Insurrection Act by Senator Tom Cotton. The campaign to end Bennet did not come from America’s poor black communities as the workers of the world looked up, stunned, from page A24 of the New York Times — the venom came straight and undiluted from 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y., with Bennet’s underlings and juniors more or less putting him on an ice floe and pushing him out to sea.

Bennet was pushed out on behalf of marginalized black Americans, which necessitated that Bennet immediately be replaced by . . . a well-off white woman who went to Georgetown and Columbia and won a Pulitzer Prize for writing about that great loathsome theater of American middle-class anxiety: restaurants.

I’m reminded of what Kenneth Anderson said about the Occupy movement:

In social theory, OWS is best understood not as a populist movement against the bankers, but instead as the breakdown of the New Class into its two increasingly disconnected parts. The upper tier, the bankers-government bankers-super credentialed elites. But also the lower tier, those who saw themselves entitled to a white collar job in the Virtue Industries of government and non-profits – the helping professions, the culture industry, the virtueocracies, the industries of therapeutic social control, as Christopher Lasch pointed out in his final book, The Revolt of the Elites.

The two tiers of the New Class have always had different sources of rents, however. For the upper tier, since 1990, it has come through its ability to take the benefits of generations of US social investment in education and sell that expertise across global markets – leveraging expertise and access to capital and technological markets in the 1990s to places in Asia and the former communist world in desperate need of it. As Lasch said, the revolt and flight of the elites, to marketize themselves globally as free agents – to take the social capital derived over many generations by American society, and to go live in the jet stream and extract returns on a global scale for that expertise. But that expertise is now largely commodified – to paraphrase David Swenson on financial engineering, that kind of universal expertise is commodified, cheaply available, and no longer commands much premium. As those returns have come under pressure, the Global New Class has come home, looking to command premiums through privileged access to the public-private divide – access most visible at the moment as virtuous new technology projects that turn out to be mere crony capitalism.

The lower tier is in a different situation and always has been. It is characterized by status-income disequilibrium, to borrow from David Brooks; it cultivates the sensibilities of the upper tier New Class, but does not have the ability to globalize its rent extraction. The helping professions, the professions of therapeutic authoritarianism (the social workers as well as the public safety workers), the virtuecrats, the regulatory class, etc., have a problem – they mostly service and manage individuals, the client-consumers of the welfare state. Their rents are not leveraged very much, certainly not globally, and are limited to what amounts to an hourly wage. The method of ramping up wages, however, is through public employee unions and their own special ability to access the public-private divide. But, as everyone understands, that model no longer works, because it has overreached and overleveraged, to the point that even the system’s most sympathetic politicians understand that it cannot pay up.

The upper tier is still doing pretty well. But the lower tier of the New Class – the machine by which universities trained young people to become minor regulators and then delivered them into white collar positions on the basis of credentials in history, political science, literature, ethnic and women’s studies – with or without the benefit of law school – has broken down. The supply is uninterrupted, but the demand has dried up. The agony of the students getting dumped at the far end of the supply chain is in large part the OWS. As Above the Law points out, here is “John,” who got out of undergrad, spent a year unemployed and living at home, and is now apparently at University of Vermont law school, with its top ranked environmental law program – John wants to work at a “nonprofit.”

Indeed. Plus, just a reminder: In America, class war is disguised as cultural warfare, and cultural warfare is usually cloaked in talk of race.

Related: A New Class Problem.

THE WHITE AND THE WOKE: How Antifa and Condé Nast have taken over the Black Lives Matter protests.

In Washington, DC, the Millennial rioters threw paint on the statue of Gandhi outside the Indian embassy. Since the Subaru-driving classes gave up on God, Gandhi has been their next best thing, a vegetarian who broke an empire, a Lennon in a loincloth, a divinity in a dhoti. The failure of middle-class whites to recognize him shows how badly the educational system here is failing. The kids can’t even recognize their false gods.

The young American left talks like Marx, but their revolution is Tocqueville’s: the “revolution of rising expectations”. As in pre-1789 France or pre-1917 Russia, America’s educational system produces more prospective members of the elite than the state and the market can employ. The liberal order that enriched the Millennials’ grandparents and parents has failed to enrich them. It is, in fact, holding them down, because the “silverbacks” of the older generation are still in power.

The Millennials talk of “safe spaces” because there are fewer safe spaces in American life, fewer secure perches in a gig economy that makes Uber drivers out of college grads. The only safe space is now inside an institution, whether of government, education or media. Once you have that spot, the only way to protect it from the increasingly vicious competition of your peers and rivals is to outplay them in the rhetoric of identity politics.

Read the whole thing, as Maoist “struggle sessions” continue to roll through leftist-dominated media institutions:

JK Rowling and the publisher’s staff revolt: Workers at publishing house Hachette threaten to down tools on her new children’s book because of her ‘transphobic’ views.

The crybullies got their way with cancelling Hachette’s publication of Woody Allen’s autobiography, so why not try again with Rowling?

A Reckoning at Condé Nast.

“Internal Uprising” Within LA Times Newsroom Over Racial Inequality, Coverage Of BLM Protests.

The National Book Critics Circle Has Imploded.

UPDATE: The American Soviet Mentality. “From my vantage point, this cultural moment in these United States feels incredibly precarious. The practice of collective condemnation feels like an assertion of a culture that ultimately tramples on the individual and creates an oppressive society. Whether that society looks like Soviet Russia, or Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, or Castro’s Cuba, or today’s China, or something uniquely 21st-century American, the failure of institutions and individuals to stand up to mob rule is no longer an option we can afford.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE. Dire Social Justice Repercussions: ESPN Viewership Sinks To 41-Year Lows.

GET WOKE, GO MORALLY BROKE: Inside Nike: Sources share claims of sexism, cheating, abuse at the world’s wokest brand.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: My Native American father drew the Land O’Lakes maiden. She was never a stereotype.

Take a bow, SJWs in the corporate boardroom.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: How’d That Work Out for Gillette? Brie Larson’s ‘Woke’ Nissan Ad Tells Men to Stay in Their Lane.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Variety ‘Debunks’ Get Woke, Go Broke. Not So Fast. “Liberal critic hails box office might of feminist ‘Invisible’ reboot but can’t see the bigger problem with social justice stories.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to Feature 56-Year-Old, Plus Sized, and Bald Finalists.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Birds of Prey Changes Title At Movie Theaters.

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is changing its name to Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey on all theater chain sites after a struggle to fly at the box office in its opening weekend. The R-rated DC Comics movie, which had a lesser budget than most other major comic book films from DC or Marvel, opened to only $33.2 million at the domestic box office. Other R-rated comic book films in recent years such as Deadpool and Joker opened to more than $130 million and $90 million, respectively. Birdswas not expected to reach such heights but was projected to earn closer to $50 million in its debut.

Earlier: Seven Reasons Birds of Prey Belly Flopped at the Box Office.

 

 

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: The Ratings Are in for the Oscars—and They’re Not Pretty.

If Hollywood really cared about the things they claim to care about, they wouldn’t hold these decadent, wasteful, planet-ruining awards ceremonies anyway. All of this could be handled with a group email. But then they wouldn’t get all the glory. Their narcissistic supply ain’t just gonna replenish itself!

Hollywood could significantly lower California’s carbon footprint by exiting the movie business entirely. Save the planet, movie industry!

 

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Oscar Ratings Collapse 20 Percent to All-Time Low.

Update (From Ed): “Twenty NFL games this season drew a larger audience than last night’s Oscars,” Michael Mulvihill of Fox Sports tweets

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Social Justice Revisionism Comes for Washington and Lee.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Megxit! Ex-Prince Harry Got Woke, Now He’s Broke…

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: ITV’s Dancing on Ice debut beats Doctor Who episode 2 in ratings battle.

(Via Peter Ingemi of DaTechGuy blog.)

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Hallmark to cut 400 jobs weeks after conservative boycott over kissing brides ad.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE. John Nolte: 11 Ways Kathleen Kennedy Killed the Star Wars Golden Goose. “Had you told me in 2015 that as a film franchise Star Wars would be dead in five years, that it would survive only as a television show, I would have called you crazy… But here we are, it’s 2020, and as a film franchise Star Wars is dead.”

CLASSIC WEBSITE SOMETHINGAWFUL GETS WOKE, GOES BROKE. “If you’ve been following this is one of the worst instances I’ve ever seen of a community just getting wrecked from the inside out by over-zealous attempts to adhere to catty identity politics.”

There are management problems, too, but those usually go with getting woke. But the most important thing is that when people like this appear in your world, you need to mock them, chase them out, and absolutely refuse to give in to them even on minor things, because they’lll just immediately demand more. Treat them like the crazy, toxic people that they are.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: ‘Cats’ on Track to Lose $100 Million as Audiences Shun Taylor Swift Film.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: U.S. Box Office Revenue Falls 4 Percent in 2019, Sharpest Decline in 5 Years.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: ‘Star Wars’ Mocks Conservatives at Worst Possible Time. “‘Rise of Skywalker’ star Daisy Ridley’s crude attack on Trump voters is part of multi-pronged insult to half the country.”

Get woke, go broke.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: NBA Ratings Are Down This Year And The Association Can’t Figure Out Why. Here’s A Theory. “Nowhere in its article does Variety mention another possibility; that people are sick of getting a dose of politics with their sports and may have been turned off this season by the NBA’s kowtowing to China.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Variety asks, “TV Ratings: Why Is the NBA Shooting Air Balls?”

CTL-F “China?” Zero returns, until the comments section. But then, given that Variety is primarily the house organ of the film industry, perhaps they don’t wish to rock the boat either.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Decade of disaster: Newspaper staffs cut in half, 33,000 jobs lost. Yeah, there are overall trends hurting newspapers. But open contempt for half your customer base is no formula for success, or even for survival.

ELIZABETH WARREN GETS WOKE, GOES POLITICALLY BROKE: The prisoner of intersectionality. There’s a huge, empty, primary-winning niche for a candidate who runs as an old-fashioned Democrat and tells the neurotic upper-middle-class white Twitterati activists to go hang. But there isn’t a single candidate in the Democratic field who has the courage to do it, even though the neurotic white activists are a small fraction of the party.

THE ENEMY WITHIN: Chick-fil-A needs saving in battle it’s losing from within. Get woke, go broke.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Rivals to Drudge Report’s throne gain ground amid aggregator’s anti-Trump shift.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): InstaPundit traffic is up, too.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Charlie’s Angels (2019) Review: Man-Hating Woketards Kill Another Franchise. “Based on a dismal opening night, and the fact that at the first screening of Charlie’s Angels in my local theater I was the only person there (something that hasn’t happened to me in 30 years), it seems safe to predict director-screenwriter Elizabeth Banks has doomed her Angels to box office oblivion.”

(Via Newsalert.)

I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER WORD ABOUT GLENN REYNOLDS’ CARBON FOOTPRINT: Arnold Schwarzenegger runs errands in tank-like SUV.

I look forward to Greta Thunberg scolding such a blatant example of eco-hypocrisy.

Earlier: Get Woke, Go Broke: How Climate Activist Arnold Schwarzenegger Became Box Office Poison.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: How Climate Activist Arnold Schwarzenegger Became Box Office Poison.

Some images are hard to shake, like a floppy-haired Hugh Grant begging for forgiveness on The Tonight Show after getting caught with a prostitute.

Similarly, close your eyes and you’ll see Schwarzenegger flaunting his fame sans guilt.

Remember the pictures of him puffing on massive cigars and driving around in a gas-guzzling Hummers? Few stars enjoyed the spoils of success quite like Schwarzenegger.

These days, he’s singing from the eco-choir. He even supports suing oil companies for hurting the planet. This week Schwarzenegger embraced the radical left’s climate change sage.

The newest Terminator movie reportedly had a budget of $185 million. Considering the giant carbon footprint of a film production that size and its advertising campaign, Arnold should be thrilled that his former audiences kept their own carbon footprint low by not driving to see his movie! Similarly, its expected low output of merchandising and Blu-Ray sales should make producer James Cameron feel pretty darn chuffed as well.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Terminator: Dark Fate Bombs At The Box Office.

Let’s not beat around the bush, Terminator Dark Fate is an unoriginal disgrace on just about every level. The very fiber of this film comes off as someone who is ashamed that the foundation of this franchise does not fit their current day intersectional feminist worldview, so they decided to change it by repealing and replacing everything they felt was problematic with more progressive friendly elements.

Let’s start with John Connor. The character who is the primary protagonist of the Terminator franchise is killed minutes into the film and is completely removed from the equation only to be replaced by the new hero of Daniella “Dani” Ramos. This is why progressive think tanks are killing cinema and entertainment as we know it. Because in the world of intersectionality, the only thing they see is a white male action star who just doesn’t fit the bill of the modern Hollywood diversity and inclusion agenda so he must be replaced. If you thought it was bad enough that they made John a villain in the last movie, the progressive Gods decided it was time for him to die thus rendering the plot of multiple films completely and utterly useless.

Well, that explains why the filmmakers were issuing insult-the-audience pre-postmortems ala “Lady Ghostbusters” back in July.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Deadspin Staff Resigns En Masse Amid Revolt Over ‘Sports Only’ Policy.

No word yet on what’s next for Deadspin from owner Ted Cruz.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: The End of Men’s Magazines. Great piece by Brian Patrick Eha explaining how men’s magazines lost faith in men — and lost their readers.

EsquireDetailsMen’s JournalMaximPlayboy—it would be easier to list the men’s titles that haven’t shut down, cut issues, changed owners, blown up their editorial strategies, or become all but unrecognizable since 2015. In a tough media environment, men’s magazines are suffering more than most. Some—notably, Playboy and Esquire—appear to have decided that appealing primarily to men is no longer the best way forward. Their recent issues serve as signposts toward the future that, we are told over and over these days, is female—or, better yet, divorced from the gender binary altogether. What we stand to lose from their cultural eclipse is a certain ballast and guidance just as men need it most.

Read the whole thing.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE BECOME SLAVES TO THE CHINESE WHILE LOSING ALL CREDIBILITY: Hollywood’s New Self-Censorship Mess in China. “From Mulan actress Crystal Liu to the Lakers’ LeBron James, most top stars are taking no chances and are lining up to either side with the Chinese regime or denounce any criticism of its authoritarian tactics. Similarly, companies like ESPN (which used a controversial map on SportsCenter that indicated the self ruled island of Taiwan was part of China) and Apple (which removed from its online stores the so-called Hong Kong protest app and quietly dropped the Gere series Bastards, despite picking it up straight to series late last year) appear to be toeing the party line. All the while, observers say an overt self-censorship has begun to creep into the entertainment industry. Inside Hollywood, the film industry faces the greatest risk in rocking the China boat.”

I’m sure Trump could impose some trade sanctions that would sharply reduce China’s ability to financially influence Hollywood and the sports world. The Democrats at Tuesday night’s debate repeatedly accused him of sucking up to dictators, so I’m sure they’d be pleased to see such firm action.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE? Major Layoffs Are Coming At Sports Illustrated Today.

As NewsBusters spotted in August, “Kaepernick Is Cover Man for SI’s PC List of NFL’s Most Influential People.”

Of course, today’s Sports Illustrated has little in common with the publication that Henry Luce, its center-right creator, began in 1954. Or as Iowahawk would say:

ASK AND YE SHALL RECEIVE. Shot:

Chaser: Emmy Viewership Falls Under 7M For 1st Time To All-Time Low. Down 32% from last year and 39% from the year before. Plus: “Forget the Monday broadcast of 2018, but Sunday to Sunday, last night’s TV Academy show toppled 36% from 2017 and 56% from the Andy Samberg-hosted night in 2015.”

They don’t like you. They really don’t like you. Or as we say, get woke, go broke.

Bottom line:

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: NASCAR Rejects Gun Ads Due To ‘Gradual Shift on Guns.’

CHANGE: ‘We will continue to represent men at their best’: Gillette’s backflip after ‘toxic masculinity’ backlash.

Advertising is increasingly the battleground of the culture wars, with big brands like Target, Nike and Starbucks copping backlash, and praise, for taking sides in divisive social and political issues like race, gender and sexuality.

But by alienating roughly 50 per cent of potential customers, many brands end up taking a hit to their bottom line — “Get woke, go broke.”

Hey, where have I heard that before?

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Gillette’s ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Ad Haunts Procter & Gamble as Shaving Giant Takes $8 Billion Writedown.

GET WOKE GO BROKE: Toxic Masculinity Comedy ‘Stuber’ Dies at Box Office.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Amazon pullout continues, setting Seattle up for devastation.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Did Far Left Politics Contribute to the Potential Downfall of Hampshire College?

GET WOKE, GO BROKE? Mad Magazine to Effectively Shutter After 67 Years:

The beloved satire publication will no longer be sold on newsstands after the August issue, and future editions will no longer feature new content and instead shift to previously published material — with new covers.

MAD Magazine, the irreverent and highly influential satirical magazine that gave the world Alfred E. Neuman, will effectively cease publication some time later this year after 67 years, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Sources tell THR that after issue 9, MAD will no longer be sold on newsstands and will only be available through comic book shops as well as mailed to subscribers. After issue 10, there will no longer be new content in subsequent issues save for the end-of-year specials (those will be all-new). Beginning with issue 11, the magazine will only feature previously published content — classic and best-of nostalgic fare — from its massive fault of the past 67 years. DC, however, will also continue to publish MAD books and special collections.

On Wednesday night, MAD cartoonists David DeGrand and Evan Dorkin took to social media to confirm and lament the closure of the magazine. The news follows writer Dan Telfer’s tweet earlier this week about being laid off as a senior editor at the magazine.

As Comic Book.com notes, it’s tough to be a humor publication in a bifurcated America:

The 2017 reorganization and subsequent 2018 reboot both struggled with finding an identity for MAD in an increasingly satire-saturated world. Between websites that can deliver topical comedy in real time and a fiercely divided American populace who cannot agree on what comedy is because their preferences break down along party lines, MAD struggled to find an elusive niche. When political humor seemed to work, MAD doubled down on lampooning the Trump administration, which earned some critical praise but likely alienated conservative readers as well as putting the magazine in direct competitions with late night shows that were delivering content nightly rather than once every two months.

Although doubling-down on leftwing humor has kept that industry going as their audience increasingly contracts.

(Via Small Dead Animals.)

I WISH HER MUCH JOY OF “GET WOKE, GO BROKE”:  Stephanie Wilkinson: The New Restaurant Rules.

We don’t HAVE to do business with the barbarians. They need us more than we need them. We certainly don’t have to endure their spite, studied insults and violence. Let them dine on each other. Their Dejeuner Cannibal is their natural diet.

BARBIE GETS WOKE, MATTEL GOES BROKE: Barbie maker Mattel ‘is insolvent’ and can’t be ‘salvaged.’

Weird, you would have thought “Hijab Barbie” would have saved them.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE? Facebook Usage Has Collapsed After Privacy Scandals, Data Shows.

Flashback (From Ed): Kevin Poulsen is the symptom, not the disease. “Excuse me, but… what? A reporter from the Daily Beast can just pick up the phone, call up Facebook, and have an official there reveal one of their user’s personal information? How does that work? One might expect that they wouldn’t be doing that for anyone other than a law enforcement official with a warrant.”

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Bryan Cranston Dedicates Tony Award to Journalists ‘In the Line of Fire.’

But assuming The Hill is quoting Cranston correctly, notice that he specified “the real journalists.” That doesn’t include anybody who reports bad news about Democrats. It doesn’t include Fox News and Breitbart.com and the Daily Caller and the site you’re reading right now. It doesn’t include all the people currently being demonetized and deplatformed on YouTube because a Vox.com vlogger threw a temper tantrum over some mean insults. It only includes the people who agree politically with Bryan Cranston, and who reaffirm Bryan Cranston’s worldview. Only the real journalists are “in the line of fire.”

As Jim notes, “The Breaking Bad star is currently portraying Howard Beale in the Broadway adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 media satire Network, which was revived a couple of years ago to #Resist Trump or Fox News or whatever.”

I doubt anybody on Broadway was self-aware enough to notice that there’s a direct line from Chayefsky’s film, to the 24/7 hard left MSNBC to Trump. Choose the form of your destructor, to coin an Insta-phrase.

UPDATE: Get Woke, Go Broke? Tony Awards Fall to All-Time Ratings Low.

MISTER, WE COULD USE A MAN LIKE DONALD DRAPER AGAIN: “So, Chips Ahoy is now the drag cookie, and Coconut Water wants critics to drink pee. I don’t think they’ve gamed out where this ends. Oh and there’s more!”

As James Lileks writes, “Don’t these guys realize that whatever social capital they accumulate can be washed away in a second by the very people they’re trying to court?”

Get woke, go broke, to coin a phrase.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE? Disney CEO Signals Withdrawal From Georgia Over Abortion Ban.

Walt Disney’s goal in the last years of his life was to make Disneyworld the most family-friendly amusement park on earth. Visiting there last year, I was reminded of the tension between his vision, and those who implement it today. (Not to mention the tension between the Disney parks and other Disney assets such as then-uber-woke-ESPN, and ABC, the House of Stephanopoulos.) I wonder how much longer it can hold?

Related: Walt Disney: American Dreamer (Video).

Related: Ron Howard is making a Netflix movie about Hillbilly Elegy because he wants to be a healer — within limits.

More: Is Bob Iger planning to build a new Disney Resort in Saudi Arabia?

And as one wag tweets today, “Wait until Bob Iger, who recently opened a Disney park in Shanghai, hears about China’s birth and abortion policies.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Gillette Releases Its First Trans Commercial: A Proud Father Helps His Daughter Shave Her Beard. This will win ad awards, but it won’t sell any razors. Which is okay, because Gillette is just one of many institutions run by people who care more about the approval of their peers than about doing their actual jobs.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: ESPN President: ‘Our Fans Do Not Want Us to Cover Politics.’

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: ESPN President: ‘Our Fans Do Not Want Us to Cover Politics.’

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Disney put more than $400 million into Vice Media. Now it says that investment is worthless.

JOEL KOTKIN: The Media Have Already Lost The Election.

It’s far too early to predict which party will win next year’s election, but not too early to announce the national media as a clear loser in terms of national influence and prestige.

Pew reports that millennials have become as negative about major media as older generations, with their rate of approval dropping from 40% in 2010 to 27% today. Gallup tracks a similar pattern, finding 70% losing trust in the media, including nearly half of Democrats.

As Trump backers never cease to point out, the Mueller report undermined the supposedly rock solid case for “collusion.” Whatever the truth, a solid majority of Americans believe the Russiagate brouhaha was politically motivated. Some progressives, like Rolling Stone’s contributing editor Matt Taibbi, believe Mueller represents “a death-blow for the reputation of the American news media.”

Ironically, Trump, the man the media wanted to bring down, was largely their creation. At a party in 2016, my wife and I were regaled by a CNN account executive crowing about the company’s strategy of using Trump rallies, at the exclusion of others, to boost ratings. Once having created President Frankenstein, CNN then tried to keep up the ratings by chronicling his disposal — this worked for MSNBC which, unlike CNN, never much pretended to be an objective network. Today, CNN’s audience share has fallen below not only leader Fox, but MSNBC, Home and Garden, Discovery and Food networks.

Get woke, go broke.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: “Proctor & Gamble are experiencing better than expected profits in every area…except the male grooming products section of Gillette, and few people should be surprised.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Melbourne vegan café that charged men 18 percent surcharge to reflect the pay gap closes down.

From Trip Advisor:

It took 5 minutes to get the attention of a waitress who seemed to be more interested in chatting to her friends, rather than serving a customer who’d just walked through the door. I was eventually seated and chose the gnocchi paired with the suggested pinot noir. The gnocchi arrived and I was bitterly disappointed. The gnocchi was very undercooked and had a floury texture, the mushrooms were burnt and the dish lacked any real flavour. The only enjoyable part of the meal was the wine. I left most of my meal on the plate and finished my wine.

When I asked for the bill, the waitress asked if there was a problem with my meal, since I’d left most of it on my plate. When I told her of my dissatisfaction with the meal, she morphed into an aggressive and irate woman who then started dispatching some rather vile language. Not wanting to cause a scene, I subsequently left the requisite cash on the table, which included a 15% tip, and promptly walked out. As I was walking past the register on the way out, I could hear the same woman telling the other waitress working with her that I was a “vile beast” and that I “wasn’t welcome here again”.

You’ll notice he complained about everything but the price.

QUESTION ASKED AND ANSWERED: Why Are Dove And Gillette Pushing Us To Lie About What’s Beautiful?

As Mark Steyn writes:

But what I don’t understand is, if fat-shaming is totally bulkphobic and sveltecentric, why is hair-shaming okay? If Gillette loves Anna “because she lives out loud and loves her skin no matter how the ‘rules’ say she should display it”, why should the “rules” dictate that she should display her luxuriant body shaved? In the end, no matter how wokier-than-thou the company gets, Gillette’s bottom line depends on a product designed to make female appearance conform with the “rules” — “rules” being a polite term for conventional male notions of femininity. If you’re going to tear up the rule book, why not throw away the razor?

I’m not sure these woke corporations are thinking things through — but maybe by next year’s Super Bowl Gillette will be taking a stand against hirsutophobia. (Stock tip: Buy Wilkinson Sword.)

UPDATE! Via Mike in the comments: “Gillette Venus Facing Backlash Over Advert Showing Woman Shaving Her Arms.

Get woke, go broke.

THE 21st CENTURY IS NOT WORKING OUT AS I HAD HOPED: “I Broke Up With Her Because She’s White,” notes a columnist in the New York Times’ “Modern Love” section:

But the real reason I think I can no longer date white women isn’t any of that. It’s because in today’s hashtag-woke society, there is mad pressure to be hashtag-woke. To be aware of the implications of whom you’re attracted to and why. Which means that in the eyes of others, the color of the women I date is a big deal. Like I’m the problem. Like I’m betraying my people if I date white women.

But I was taught that we were all one people!*

I see people watching me with a stink eye, noses turned up, as if they think black and brown people would somehow be better off if I dumped my white girlfriend. It’s a lot of pressure. Along with each watchful eye, the whispers of, “Pick a side, Chris, pick a side,” fill my already noisy mind.

I started reading James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates and other black and brown authors looking for guidance, a road map, help on what it means to be a brown man in the world. Like: Yes, our bodies have been colonized. Yes, I am a child of blackness. Yes, the black body has done more for society than it has gotten in return. Yes, society seems to want to embrace a lot of things associated with blackness without actually being black.

How did we get here? If everyone is so woke, why are things so terrible?

Found via Allahpundit, who tweets, “It would take a heart of stone not to laugh at this [last] line.”

“Unexpectedly,” the institutional left is once again acting like the mirror image of the alt-right.

* Not reading the New York Times since the early 1990s, you weren’t.

 

A LOT OF THE INSTITUTIONS AND COMPANIES NOMINALLY ON THE RIGHT SEEM TO HAVE LOST WHAT MINDS THEY HAD:  Donna Brazile Joins Fox News, Viewers Outraged.

I think they listen to twitter and think it’s the whole world and not a small and vocal minority.  Ah, well. Get woke, go broke.  Or in other words, roll left and die.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: KOMO News’ special: Seattle is Dying.

“People didn’t use to use the word embarrassing about Seattle, but they use it a lot now,” the narrator to a new KOMO News special titled “Seattle is Dying” says. The focus of the special is homelessness and the ways in which it has changed the city.

There’s a section featuring angry residents of one area of the city who are screaming at their representatives for action. They want the tent cities managed and they’re tired of calling the police only to find out the police can arrest people but those same people will be back on the street, sometimes within hours.

As I noted last month, just 100 homeless people in Seattle were responsible for 3,500 criminal cases. This special references that story. It also asked Seattle police officers to comment anonymously on what was happening and those responses are enlightening. One officer told KOMO, “People come here because it’s called Free-attle and they believe if they come here they will get free food, free medical treatment, free mental health treatment, a free tent, free clothes and will be free of prosecution for just about everything; and they’re right.”

But it’s provided plenty of opportunities for graft and virtue-signalling, which is what our political class runs on.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: NASA boss says first Martian astronaut ‘likely to be a woman.’

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: CBS staffers in a panic over call for $100M in cuts.

Learn to code.

GO BROKE, GET WOKE? Shares of LaCroix maker National Beverage crater 16% after blaming poor earnings on ‘injustice.’

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Indie Sci-Fi Authors Are Upending Traditional Publishing, And It’s Turned Into A War.

And thus, science fiction comes full circle: Rod Serling and Gene Roddenberry conceived of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek as vehicles to get ideas — often, but not always left-leaning ideas — past the network television censors of the 1960s by cloaking them behind a science fiction veneer of ray guns and spaceships. Today, the gatekeepers of sci-fi publishing are terrified of authors using that same futuristic veneer to introduce — gasp! — conservative and libertarian ideas to readers. And as with today’s Hollywood, censorship justifies leaving a lot of potential money on the table.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Captain Marvel Movie In Trouble? Drops Whopping $80M. “Interestingly enough, further evidence Captain Marvel is not as highly regarded among fans comes from the fact that Black Panther supporters have not supported the Captain Marvel gofundme to get girls to go see the movie. There is also a huge problem with Brie Larson who has been spinning Captain Marvel as a feminist movie, essentially isolating the audience, and she even recently came out against white males for some reason. I’m actually surprised and disappointed in Kevin Feige that he is allowing Larson to destroy the MCU audience, and that Disney and CEO Bob Iger haven’t learned anything from Star Wars. It’s never a good thing to split the audience or insult them. Do they not want white males to go see the movie? . . . Disney, Feige and Marvel Studios could be banking on having a zombie audience that will simply go see all their movies no matter what is said or how good they are; however, that scenario has been played out with the aforementioned Disney Star Wars movies and also Marvel Comics. As a result of The Last Jedi, Disney has put the movies on hiatus for what looks to be at least another two years.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Babe.net, Site Behind Infamous Aziz Ansari Story, Is Up for Sale.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: How Kathleen Kennedy and Politics Cost Disney $3.7 Billion. “In plain English – Kathleen Kennedy wiped out 95% of the Star Wars franchise value.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Social Justice Laden Super Bowl Brings in the Worst Ratings in a Decade.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Tragedy of the Starbucks Commons.

TO THE BBC, HISTORY IS SOMETHING TO BE TWISTED BY THE TYRANNY OF NOW:

I’ve just watched the four-part animated series of Watership Down, shown on the BBC, with my daughter. She was slightly more aghast than me to discover that the aforementioned Bigwig was a bruv from the ’hood. And still more repelled by the elevation of a minor female rabbit character into a doughty campaigner for justice, the transgendering of a rabbit called Strawberry, and, most hilariously, the does calling each other ‘sister’ and keening a song of freedom in an orgy of #MeToo victimhood — their importance to the book she too had loved vastly exaggerated for fatuous political reasons.

None of this surprised me terribly, as I have become accustomed to the liberal, white, middle-class BBC bosses shoe-horning their absurd social justice twattery into every single drama production they commission. It had been evident a week or two earlier with their dramatisation of Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders, which was rightly panned even by journos who get much less worked up by this sort of thing than I do. My daughter, meanwhile, is very rapidly coming to the same conclusion as me, having junked Doctor Who for its inane PC gibberish a while ago and terrified they might soon introduce a transitioning Dalek or a woke cyberman.

Get woke, go broke: Exterminating Viewers — Doctor Who ratings plunge after Jodie Whittaker takes over with PC plots. Angry viewers have described recent episodes as ‘lectures’ as the show explores issues like racism, male pregnancy and disabilities.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: The Boy Scouts’ Bankruptcy Is Not Just Financial. It’s Moral.

Next year’s World Scouting Jamboree in West Virginia reportedly will be the first hosted by the former Boy Scouts of America to make condoms available to participants. A 2016 agreement with the Unitarian-Universalists overrode the group’s membership requirement of belief in God by allowing belief in humanism, contrary to the Scout Oath.

The “bowling alone” syndrome of declining civic groups in the United States, over-scheduling of young people, and the weakening of American family models all played a role. In fact, political scientist Paul Kengor of Grove City College has detailed the history of American communists and cultural Marxists’s efforts to target and subvert Scouting in particular, to help undermine American family life.

Yet it was corporate executives and members of the U.S. political establishment (including Scouting leaders such as Rex Tillerson and Robert Gates) on the national board who with progressive staff members agreed to surrender to pressure to sexualize the organization in recent years, despite an earlier hard-fought U.S. Supreme Court victory by the organization to preserve membership rules. In admitting openly gay members and leaders, accepting transgenderism, then admitting girls, Scouting turned its back on a cultural background of Christian teaching on sexuality going back millennia.

As Iowahawk would say:

GET WOKE, GO BROKE? I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon.

CHANGE: MSNBC Winning December in Primetime With Most Viewers Overall and Demo.

It’s far too early to say “Get woke, go broke” about Fox News, but it’s past the time when people noticed that Fox has been working hard on occasion to alienate its core viewers.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Maroon 5 and How the Super Bowl Halftime Show Became Music’s Least Wanted Gig.

Up With People, tanned, rested and ready.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Boy Scouts On Verge Of Bankruptcy.

DECLINE IS A CHOICE: The Historical Profession Is Committing Slow-Motion Suicide. “A recent study confirms a disturbing trend: American college students are abandoning the study of history. Since 2008, the number of students majoring in history in U.S. universities has dropped 30 percent, and history now accounts for a smaller share of all U.S. bachelor’s degrees than at any time since 1950. Although all humanities disciplines have suffered declining enrollments since 2008, none has fallen as far as history. And this decline in majors has been even steeper at elite, private universities — the very institutions that act as standard bearers and gate-keepers for the discipline. The study of history, it seems, is itself becoming a relic of the past. . . . In the late 1960s, over six percent of male undergraduates and almost five percent of female undergraduates majored in history. Today, those numbers are less than 2 percent and 1 percent. History’s collapse began well before the financial crash. This fact underscores the sad truth of history’s predicament: The discipline mostly has itself to blame for its current woes. In recent decades, the academic historical profession has become steadily less accessible to students and the general public — and steadily less relevant to addressing critical matters of politics, diplomacy, and war and peace. It is not surprising that students are fleeing history, for the historical discipline has long been fleeing its twin responsibilities to interact with the outside world and engage some of the most fundamental issues confronting the United States.”

Then, of course, there’s fraud and plagiarism among its most-feted members, from Michael Bellesiles to Doris Kearns Goodwin. But mostly it’s just another case of “get woke, go broke.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Corporate Gun Control Fail: Dick’s May Have to Close 35 Stores Across 18 States.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Dick’s May Have To Close Stores Due To Anti-Gun Decisions. “I’d say, ‘Who cares?’ but the truth is, I do. Schadenfreude is a kind of caring, right?”

BY “HATE AND DIVISION,” HE MEANS “POLITICS I DON’T AGREE WITH,” OR WILL. Apple CEO Tim Cook: Those Who Seek Hate and Division Have No Place in Our Platforms. Get woke, go broke.

UPDATE (From Ed): “Legalistics aside, Cook is well within his rights to ban whoever he wants from his private platform. The only problem is that Cook seems to be very selective in what he considers to be sinful not to ban. For instance, the hate preacher Louis Farrakhan still has his app, the Nation of Islam, up in the Apple store. Farrakhan is a rabid and open anti-semite who has compared Jewish people to termites. If Cook considers it sinful to not take action against those who use hateful and dangerous rhetoric against other races or religions, then Cook is a sinner’s sinner.”

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Gun Sales So Low At Dick’s They May Yank All Hunting Gear.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE (CONT’D): Dick’s Sporting Goods admits suffering gun policy backlash as sales slide.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Far-Left Murphy Brown Revival Cancelled After Terrible Ratings.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: ESPN Loses Two Million More Subscribers In Fiscal 2018: “Now the positive for ESPN is that the rate of subscriber decline seems to have slowed this year, but the negative is that since 2011 ESPN has now lost 15 million cable and satellite subscribers. Those 15 million lost subscribers equate to $1.44 billion a year in lost yearly revenue that ESPN will never be able to book.”

CORPORATE VIRTUE SIGNALLING PART DEUX: This time it’s AirBnB deciding to make the world a better place by succumbing to the BDS crowd. The New York Post reports that:

Airbnb says: No Jews allowed. The apartment-sharing service has sided against Israel by banning and delisting the apartments of peaceful Jewish civilians living in Judea and Samaria. And that’s not even the worst part[…] No, the worst part is that Airbnb has singled out Jews, and only Jews, as the one group in the world that is worthy of such censure. That’s what makes its boycott a naked act of corporate anti-Semitism.

With any luck, people will stop doing business with AirBnB. As the Professor says:
“Get Woke, Go Broke.”

UNEXPECTEDLY: The woke go broke.

If I’m right and liberal America – having worked through shock, denial, anger and bargaining – really is now at the fifth stage of grief, then the good news is the remaining two stages aren’t so bad: depression and then acceptance.

For celebrities and companies, the trick will be to avoid the ‘get woke, go broke’ trap and to arrive at acceptance with life savings and brand intact. The market doesn’t lie: political correctness is a dead ideology. It’s time to get over it.

Read the whole thing.