THEORY: that lefties are witless relativism-shackled PC bores.
STATUS: proved, proved, proved, and proved again! John Birmingham’s column on humourless lefties provoked exactly the kind of grim, droning leftoid introspection that Birmingham complained of. Some—like the crowd over at Anonymous Lefty—simply couldn’t believewhat they were reading, and theorised that Birmingham was in fact satirising the right:
That was a pretty appalling effort at satire, if that’s what Birmingham was aiming for.
Here’s Birmingham’s blog post on the subject.
Just checked the blogs and the comments. Looks pretty earnest to me… No indications of satire or any “a ha! got you!” exclamations. He honestly seems to think lefties are humourless …
If he didn’t think so before, he sure has reason to now. The most telling reaction came from lefty group blog Larvatus Prodeo, the pretentious, tin-eared name of which is a clue to its general hopelessness. One of Birmingham’s points was that the left has declared discussion of certain subjects to be off limits. This was helpfully illustrated in LP’s comments thread, to which somebody using the title “smellydeadjesus” repeatedly contributed. Emboldened by this mockery of religion, Currency Lad tossed in a comment using the name “The ‘Prophet’ Raped Children”.
How did the laughing leftists react? Currency Lad’s mocking title was quickly replaced, a later comment was cut entirely, and the thread was then closed. Click here for the full story. Birmingham was more accurate about these people than he could have known.
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