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The Los Angeles Times is under fire from everyday people — not the “woke” — for publishing a glaringly racist piece complaining about the “whiteness” of a Netflix TV show.
Contemplate for a moment how the world would react if a conservative outlet complained about a show’s “blackness,” and it quickly becomes evident why so many people — though not the “woke” — find the piece distressing.
In the piece written by film reporter Jen Yamato, she specifically talks about the Netflix show “Cobra Kai,” which is based on “Karate Kid,” an 80s film about a white teenage bullying victim, Danny LaRusso, being trained by a proficient karate master on how to fight back.
Yamato admits that the show enjoys “likable characters, high-energy fights, suburban melodrama and ’80s dad-rock,” but laments that the majority of the main characters are “white men.” Never mind that one of the main characters is a Latino man, and the other a white female.
“Across the industry, the [UCLA’s annual Hollywood Diversity Report] found that white characters made up 75.9% of the leads in digital scripted series like ‘Cobra Kai’ in the 2018-2019 season, while 5.9% of leads were Latinx, 4.7% were Black and just 1.8% were Asian,” Yamato writes.
Latinx is a made-up word used primarily by white liberals to virtue-signal their “wokeness.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 12, 2020
Yamato then cites several examples of “woke” film critics complaining about the show’s “whiteness.”
“A number of critics have taken notice of the series’ whiteness as well: Salon culture senior editor Hanh Nguyen, who has been critical of the series in the past, told The Times that ‘the only main character of color who has any sort of interiority is Miguel.’ ‘Danny LaRusso, Italian kid from Jersey,’ as Vanity Fair’s Sonia Saraiya put it about the first two seasons, ‘is the most Japanese character on this show,'” she continues.
“As Times TV critic Lorraine Ali writes, ‘Cobra Kai’ has successfully mined laughs and pathos from Johnny’s transformation through his proximity to an immigrant family. It’s also scrutinized how Kreese’s brand of karate perpetuates a cycle of militant toxic masculinity. But it has been slow to explore Daniel’s own blind spots beyond a moment of clueless ‘sushi-splaining’ and his bewilderment that his karate-chopping commercials might be seen as cultural appropriation.”
Take note of the “woke” buzzwords, all of them aimed at denigrating white males.
As noted earlier, the piece provoked backlash — but only from the non-woke.
Cobra Kai’s “whiteness” is problematic, gang. We’re all having too much fun watching it, apparently, so the Wokescolds must intervene. pic.twitter.com/KWgfH0Rk8R
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) January 29, 2021
“Whiteness” is now synonymous with “bad.” I think there’s a word for that. 🤔 https://t.co/lgL4B9m6gp
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) January 29, 2021
Well, yeah … except that the powers-that-be don’t seem to have a problem with “bad” things. It’s all turned upside down. How can you claim to fight racism while engaging in it. I will never understand that.
— thomas todd (@thomtodd44) January 29, 2021
Even though a good portion of the characters in the show are Hispanic (with Black and Asian supporting characters), and the main character’s influence, and thus half of the storyline, is Asian-inspired, the show is “white”? Ok. 🙄
— John Etherton (@manlydudenurse) January 29, 2021
Last time I checked, Daniel was of Mediterranean ethnicity and raised by a single mother. His daughter in the show was dating an oriental classmate. Her best friend is African-American. Her erstwhile boyfriend (and one of the stars of the show) is Hispanic.
— Tea Party Barbie (@laurahollis61) January 29, 2021
2020s brah! They Have to inject a syringe of racially themed progressivism into everything and anything to show how enlightened they are.
— Rambosmesher (@rambo8822) January 29, 2021
I grew up watching the original Karate 🥋 Kid. I have thoroughly enjoyed Cobra Kai, and I can’t wait to watch future seasons of it. Not shocked at all though, because of the times we live in, that there are clowns 🤡 out there that are actually complaining about this.
— DJ 10 (@DodgerJam10) January 29, 2021
The “woke” see no problem with the piece because they think it’s perfectly acceptable to disparage white people. It’s all part of the backwards critical race theory and identity politics-based ideology to which they subscribe.
The thinking is that, because white people oppressed others in the annals of history, it’s perfectly fine to oppress them now. As well-known critical race theorist Ibram X. Kendi often argues, the only true cure for racism is more racism.
“The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination,” Kendi writes in his book, “How To be An Antiracist.” “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”
It’s a horrifying notion made more horrifying still by the fact that it’s been adopted by multiple institutions, including, it would appear, the institution of journalism.
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