Remember how triggered everyone on the Left was back in 2011 when a website started by Sarah Palin used crosshairs over Democratic congressional districts she had targeted for defeat? Just the mere reference to a gun-related image had Palin’s detractors accusing her of fomenting violence. She was irresponsible, they said. She was reckless.
And between 2011 and now, leftists have similarly been triggered by a rich cornucopia of issues that include the First Amendment, “toxic masculinity,” cultural appropriation, and the off-the-reservation musings of Kanye West.
Always triggered by everything. Always victims. So you’d think that when it came to issues as shattering as rape, suicide, and school shootings, leftists would be the most careful of all when it comes to needlessly stirring the pot.
But you would be wrong.
Case in point is the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why,” which by this point in its second season might seem to exist for the express purpose of triggering awful things to happen — just so leftists can turn around and blame-shift in the direction of Christians/conservatives/Republicans/the evil other.
The show’s entire premise at the outset was tracing back to why a particular high school student killed herself. Now the show is following a male student who was graphically depicted being sexually assaulted by another male student with a mop handle and the subsequent gathering of weaponry by the victim for yet-to-be-revealed carnage.
Remember, we live in a world now where the use of the wrong pronoun can bring the torches and pitchforks out at college campuses and workplaces nationwide. And the mere mention of gun rights can bring charges of “you may as well be a murderer.” But the creator of “13 Reasons Why” thinks raw depictions of the worst crimes imaginable is not only noble, but perhaps a divine sociological enterprise.
“We’re very interested in continuing to follow [the character’s] journey and to try to understand his state of mind and the state of his soul,” said Brian Yorkey.
Ah, yes. His soul. Something leftists normally tell you they don’t believe in, so I’m sure they’ve got this thing totally under control.
When it comes to the actual souls of the real people watching “13 Reasons Why,” it has long been common knowledge that watching a drip, drip, drip of realistic depictions of humanity perpetrating terrible things upon humanity is the straightest path to a healthy worldview of utopian understanding. Or becoming a serial killer. I can’t remember.
So back to that whole triggering thing. News flash: Leftists don’t really care about such faux violations at all. In fact, the opposite is true. They are the ones trying to trigger this culture straight to hell.
It’s why Disney keeps getting its depravity on, with the latest exhibit being Lando Calrissian’s so-called “fluid” sexuality. It’s why an uninformed child named David Hogg has been made the de facto chairman of the Democrat Party. It’s what the media is regularly caught lying about, despite the damage it does to its reputation.
Leftists have been picking a fight with all that is good, true, and beautiful for a very long time. They used to be more subtle, though. Now they are sticking it right in our faces and daring us to do something about it. They will label us as haters or bigots, attempt to shut down our businesses, or explain away our concerns as part of the “wrong side of history.”
With that in mind, don’t let “13 Reasons Why” fool you. Its creators insist that “as with all things with the show, our hope was that we could honestly represent the experience; that our viewers might, through the experience, learn more and start more conversations about those issues in their own world.” Just like they used to insist that what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their own bedroom would stay there, too.
Because, as you well know by now, you will be made to care.
Steve Deace is broadcast nationally every day on BlazeTV. He is the author of the book “Truth Bombs: Confronting the Lies Conservatives Believe (To Our Own Demise).”