Prejudice Is Like An Tree; It Always Grows From Something Smaller

I personally don’t care about this beef between Candace Cameron Bure and JoJo Siwa. I personally think that Candace might be somewhat of a bitch and JoJo might be blowing it all out of proportion. But if it’s making more people call Candace out for her history, or more importantly her brother’s bigotry, then so be.

If you don’t remember, at one time, Kirk Cameron was a teen idol, before he became a complete asshole (if that’s something different to begin with) when he was supposedly born again. Kirk began to assert his hold over the show Growing Pains and change the direction to suit his ultra-Christian, ultra-conservative views. It got so bad he had an actress, Julie McCullough, fired from the show for posing for Playboy, and even made it so hard on crewmember’s lives they quit in protest as Kirk was saying there were advocating pornography. And Growing Pains was about as tame of a show as the 1980s could produce. It gave us Leonardo DiCaprio back when he was still cute.

A couple of weeks ago, writers of Saturday Night Life boycotted Dave Chappelle hosting after his comments about transgender people and other issues, such as mocking Jussie Smollet and kinda agreeing with Michael Jackson molesting young children. To be honest, Chappelle is part of a bigger problem no one wants to talk about that I have mentioned earlier. Because he’s black, people are afraid to say he may be transphobic or not even like gay people because they don’t want to be seen as racist, even though it’s a unspoken problem among black people. The same people who voted for Barack Obama also voted for California’s Prop 8 which target same-sex people. Chapelle shouldn’t be given a pass because he had a transgender friend.

Now, Candace said she is making movies for a TV station, Greater American Family, that has “traditional marriage values.” Candace only believes that marriage should be betwen a man and a woman but there’s a fine line between just having one belief that you are ok with in setting your like and a way of life that you think others should follow. Candace has been married to her husband for 25 years. But she should be willing to admit that other people should share in the same joy that she has. That’s where you cross the line when you don’t believe that.

And that’s what happened at Club Q in Colorado Spring, Colo. over this past weekend. Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, allegedly walked into the nightclub that caters to the LGBTQIA community and opened fire with an AR-15 rifle, killing five people as of this posting and injuring 25 more, before he was subdued by two unarmed people. One person is a military war vet, Richard Fiero. Anderson was arrested in 2021 on suspicion of threatening his own mother with a bomb.

Anderson is also reportedly the grandson of Randy Vopel, a Republican lawmaker in the California State Assembly who has been a huge MAGA supporter as well supporting the Jan. 6 insurrection coup attempt. Despite the incident with his mother, court documents were reportedly sealed as two counts of menacing and three counts of first-degree kidnapping were dropped. Because of this, Anderson reportedly avoided red flags that would have prevented him from having firearms.

Needless to say, Colorado Springs is in Lauren Boebert’s district. And of course, Boebert is such a crazy gun nut, she had a restaurant where people were allowed to bring their own firearms. And like most people who claim to be Christian, she has done the least she can do in this case and just offered “prayers.” However, Boebert has publicly smeared the LGBTQIA community saying people should take their children to church instead of drag bars. She has even criticized Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, for “grooming” young people.

Boebert doesn’t get to do say prayers and all that other bullshit. She stoked the fire and then when it gets out of hand, she doesn’t get to say, “Sorry,” like it’s not her fault when it gets way out of hand. And neither do any of you else either who have had issues in the past. I know some people are worried that a hypothetical transgender athlete might compete in a sport, but it’s not happening on the wider scale they’d like to think it is. Just because people think Chappelle makes fun of everyone doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a prejudice against certain people.

Most white women have typically voted Republican in elections, even those women who don’t really agree with the Republican Party. But do you think they’re going to vote for a party that might take away something they have and give it to someone else with different skin color who’s more qualified? People say things all the time showing their biased and prejudiced. Just because they’re not part of the Aryan Nation or Ku Klux Klan doesn’t mean won’t be opposed to someone they clearly know is wrong.

The myth that has been created for white women is to believe that black and brown women are always the “welfare queens.” But have you been to a Wal-Mart lately? Choose any Wal-Mart and you’ll see this stereotype on full display in white women. Vopel has praised those who stormed the U.S. Capitol. Don’t think for one second Aldrich wasn’t watching it too and thinking the same. If he wasn’t, he probably heard from his grandfather.

The tragedy of the records being sealed was because Vopel didn’t want it affecting his job. I can understand if Aldrich was a juvenile but he was an adult when charged in the bomibng incident. A black person gets busted for pot at 19 then gets shot by police at 34 and they talk about how he was a criminal all his life. Aldrich was a ticking timebomb himself ready to explode and all he needed was the right time. And he specificially targeted the LGBTQIA community, a direct target of the Republican Party.

Aldrich’s mother is a Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christs of Latter-Day Saints has recently announced they will support the Respect for Marriage Act to protect same-sex and interracial marrages. It is not known if Aldrich knew of this and his thoughts on it if he knew about it. But there is an issue when someone like Bure says she believes in traditional marriage values and what that might mean to someone else. Technically, she shouldn’t be working and should be Betty Homemaker. But like most Republicans, Bure wants to have things one way – her own way.

And while I don’t think Bure will do anything except a few social media posts that will lose a lot of interest in people after a while, others will do something more extreme. Too many people care too much after what other poeple are doing when they should be focusing on themselves.

What do you think? Please comment.

Published by bobbyzane420

I'm an award winning journalist and photographer who covered dozens of homicides and even interviewed President Jimmy Carter on multiple occasions. A back injury in 2011 and other family medical emergencies sidelined my journalism career. But now, I'm doing my own thing, focusing on movies (one of my favorite topics), current events and politics (another favorite topic) and just anything I feel needs to be posted. Thank you for reading.

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