Do you know what is the most surprising tool for deradicalization?
An act of kindness from someone perceived as the enemy.
Apparently it shocks our preconceived beliefs and forces us internally to reassess hateful assumptions.
Aren’t human beings funny?
The best way to pull a person back from the edge of hate, is kindness.
With that in mind, let’s have a chat about the cancellation of Eagle Brewing.
Now I don’t care about how this looks for the craft beer industry because I don’t drink beer and think craft beer is the most pretentious wank in the Western world. They take inclusivity to an atomic level, that they all denounced David Gaughan’s idiotic and ignorant Facebook rant is as unsurprising as Trump eating KFC for Breakfast.
So I don’t have a dog in this fight because I don’t drink this stuff and don’t look to alcohol brewers for my views on contemporary social issues.
To start with though, the name doesn’t help does it?
Eagle Brewing. Sounds a bit fash’. Like Goose Step Distilleries or Stasi Hop House.
It’s an acquired taste.
Is he only making Pale Ale’s? Does his Blonde Beer have hints of Aryan supremacy? Am I making too many beer jokes?
So this award winning craft beer brewer makes a deplorable and very ignorant Facebook comment in relation to a shooting near a school claiming all Māori men are the problem…
“Ok let’s speak the truth. Maori are the scruge[scourge] of New Zealand. The quicker we put them in prison the better. I’m talking about the majority of the male population. The ones who beat their missis. Who don’t give a f..k about society. Yeah you who will Rebel against these words. But truth be told you are NZ biggest problem right now.”
…ok, lots going on there. Apart from the vast number of false racial assumptions, he’s not really helping himself by:
a) Stating he is about to lay down some heavy truth bomb that then explodes in his face or
b) Then invites those he’s just ignorantly smeared to @ him with their rebelling at his words before doubling down again on how his ignorant statements are ‘truth’.
Triumph of the Will this is not.
The response has been universal and righteous.
The ignorance, the false bravado, the lack of any genuine intellectual position – leave that for National Party MPs, it has no place in Craft Beer Brewing!
Unfortunately however, this being a social media lynch mob, politics without mercy is now the name of the game with contestants on Twitter getting virtue signalling credits for devising new ways to cancel Eagle Brewing.
If Gaughan commits suicide you get the feeling Woke Twitter will start an Action Station petition demanding he not be buried in NZ. ‘NO RACISTS IN OUR EARTH’!
Instead of destroying a person for posting an ignorant statement on a news story from a media industry that has driven those racist stereotypes for profit since Gaughan was a child, rather than cancelling him, how about kindness?
There are white people in NZ who feel nervous by all this Te Reo on TV, and this assertion they are racist for feeling nervous makes them even more nervous. Māori political power is on the ascendency, imagine if instead of crucifying Eagle Brewing…
The leader of the National Māori Authority (NMA) is calling for a New Zealand brewery to be hauled before the Human Rights Commission after racist comments sparked an eruption of criticism online.
…they instead showed kindness and forgiveness to Gaughan?
I appreciate that suggesting kindness instead of sowing his garden with salt and euthanising all his pets makes me a uniform wearing Nazi apologist, but surely actual racism that is exacerbating poverty, housing and health are our real enemy here, not angry dick head craft beer brewers who said something stupid on Facebook?
If we on the Left want to keep crucifying every white person who says something ignorant on social media, we are going to need a lot more wood and nails.
Wood and nails we could probably be using to build houses.
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