Whatever happened to the days when MTV played music videos rather than politicized “documentaries”?
In a new “documentary” called “White People,” set to air on the network this month, chronic anti-U.S. critic and illegal immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas says he wants to “spark constructive conversations” about race – not make white people feel guilty for experiencing so much “white privilege.”
After Fox News discussed the racial documentary on Megyn Kelly’s program, Vargas – who is a proud illegal alien working with apparent immunity in the United States – took to Twitter to reassure his followers that the film was not intended to disparage white people.
.@MTV‘s “White People” is not “publicly shaming” whites. That’s not the goal. Goal is to spark constructive conversations.
— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) July 9, 2015
Of course, the term “white privilege” isn’t exactly one used by people who are looking for an honest and open discussion about race relations, and many social media users seem to understand that.
@joseiswriting Had enough of the “any white who isn’t self loathing is a racist” crap. My skin not responsible 4 bad decisions of others.
— Kathleen (@teamfrazzled) July 10, 2015
@joseiswriting The term white privilege was created to cause racial tensions not ease them..just as this film is attempting to do..
— Mlong (@mlong5000) July 10, 2015
@joseiswriting I think that you actually tweeted the phrase “white privilege [sic]” renders a viewing unnecessary — Spockam’s Phaser (@TuckerLatham) July 10, 2015
@joseiswriting how about confronting illegal privilege?
— Geddondp (@GeddonDp) July 10, 2015
The fact that Vargas has a history of attacking U.S. culture in general, and “white people” specifically, also probably helped to fuel the anger he saw on social media.
In August 2014, Vargas tweeted that “white” Americans shouldn’t consider themselves white because they come from families of immigrants.
Dear “white” people: You are not “white.” you are immigrants. in Ellis Island days, you showed up w/o papers and were processed.
— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) August 2, 2014
Despite the fact that his 2014 assault on “white” Americans fell flat (“processed” is a fancy word for “documented,” and many immigrants in those days were white), Vargas has continued to use his status as an illegal alien to attack “white” culture in America.
His repeated and overheated rhetoric on the issue of race has social media users — and perhaps a few MTV viewers — nervous about what is likely to be a race-baiting documentary.
His attempts on Twitter to calm people don’t seem to be working.
.@joseiswriting Pure evil to make a race of ppl despise themselves cause of their race. Going after youth is despicable.
— Elisabeth (@grizzlymamabear) July 10, 2015
— Hellno2hillary2016 (@ExposeHillary) July 9, 2015
— Florian Geyer (@FlorianGeyer3) July 9, 2015
— Lupe Torres (@mhclupe) July 10, 2015
— Shannon West (@PNWShan) July 10, 2015
— John Grandy (@JMGrandy) July 9, 2015