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A few hours ago I stumbled across a tweet by Huffington Post UK editor Basia Cummings which made my blood boil. Actress and activist Pamela Anderson had just spoken to the press with WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson about their visit with Assange at Belmarsh prison, decrying the WikiLeaks founder's cruel treatment and unjust prosecution. Basia Cummings took this opportunity to call her social media followers in to make fun of Anderson's clothing.
"Pamela Anderson arrives at Belmarsh to visit Julian Assange wearing... a bespoke cape/blanket referencing 'Cromwell' and free speech'. It's a look," Cummings said.
But what really got me were the comments the tweet elicited.
"Is it possible to unwank over someone?" asked one user.
"Pamela Anderson arrives at Belmarsh to visit Julian Assange to supply him with some material for his cell wank bank," said another.
"Cum blanket," said another.
"She banged Kid Rock. Enough said," said another.
This is just a small sampling from a quick skim. There are many, many others. I won't quote them all.
Read the appallingly sexist comments on this tweet. All of the values mainstream liberals claim to stand for always go straight out the window the second they pose an obstacle to vicious partisan sniping. @pamfoundation is a much, much better person than any of them will ever be.https://t.co/bbRarHQGZp
Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) May 7, 2019
I found this so deeply illustrative of the way mainstream liberals throw every value they claim to stand for right in the garbage as soon as it becomes an obstacle to their petty partisan attacks. They all warned that Trump was campaigning on a platform of xenophobia, homophobia and demagoguery, but as soon as he was elected they began launching phony Russia-gate attacks which themselves were rife with xenophobia, homophobia and demagoguery. Liberal pundits who rightly criticized Bush for his unforgivable invasion of Iraq now attack Trump for being insufficiently hawkish toward Russia and its allies. These mindless automatons don't actually stand for anything beyond blind partisan loyalty.
In the same way that they will happily wipe their asses with any of their pretend values the second it becomes politically convenient to do so, mainstream liberals will also fabricate grave, solemn concerns about things they never actually cared about before as soon as it can be used as an angle of partisan attack.
Feminist writer Naomi Wolf began her excellent 2010 essay titled "J'Accuse: Sweden, Britain, and Interpol Insult Rape Victims Worldwide" with the words, "How do I know that Interpol, Britain and Sweden's treatment of Julian Assange is a form of theater? Because I know what happens in rape accusations against men that don't involve the embarrassing of powerful governments." Wolf argued that "men are pretty much never treated the way Assange is being treated in the face of sex crime charges," and she was absolutely correct.
As a survivor of multiple sexual assaults, I have found it unspeakably infuriating the way this same patriarchal imperialist system which has allowed rape culture to thrive throughout the entirety of its existence has suddenly become deeply, deeply concerned about plot hole-riddled and completely unproven allegations against a man who just so happens to have published humiliating truths about that very same imperialist system. This same warmongering power structure which has never given a sh*t about women beyond our ability to fly a stealth bomber and squeeze new recruits out of our vaginas suddenly has the full force of its propaganda machine whipping liberals into a hysteria about allegations of acts that aren't even illegal in the nations those liberals live in. Acts that these liberals have never even thought about pushing to make laws against in their own governments.
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