THE EVENING EDITION
BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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DAILY BIBLE VERSE
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Psalms 19:1 KJV
2. Happy Chinese New Year!
By Mike Huckabee
Sunday was the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit, or the Year of the Cat, depending on which tradition one follows.
To celebrate, I’m going to link to the song “Year of the Cat” by Al Stewart, because it’s a lot more pleasant to listen to than Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit.”
3. AINSWORTH: Why I might eat (a few) peanut M&Ms again
by Laura Ainsworth, staff writer/researcher
My commentary on how the "woke" revision of the M&Ms cartoon characters sparked my revulsion towards M&Ms as a candy was one of last year's top newsletter stories, and I was happy to see it rediscovered when it ran again early this month. Coincidentally, the Mars candy company made news again a few weeks ago with further change to its cartoon candies, most notably the introduction of a big purple female M&M who pushes body positivity messages and talks about feeling comfortable in her own colorful candy shell. Their press release announcing this was a recitation of all the virtue-signaling buzzwords they could cram onto one page. Was this really supposed to make me want to eat M&Ms?
The campaign was supposed to be all about belonging, whatever your gender or size. Belonging is great, but their approach was ridiculously heavy-handed, as messages from social justice warriors tend to be. I suppose they genuinely thought they were signaling their virtue, but the cynic in me wonders if it wasn't also part of their marketing plan for this CANDY COMPANY to be hitting people over the head with how fine it is to be fat.
Along with the introduction of the big purple M&M was a limited-edition "all-female" pack of the candies. Just three colors, signifying those characters. It made me wonder: what if one of the "male" M&Ms chose to identify as female or non-binary? Could xe be in there with them? If xe became trans (by changing footwear?), could xe compete against the female M&Ms in sports? Not that they'd be much into sports, being M&Ms, but hypothetically. I don't think the company thought this through. They didn't even assign them pronouns.
Maybe this last image tweak was finally just too much for consumers, and I know I wasn't the only one mocking. (After my original commentary, quite a few readers wrote to say they were boycotting the candy, which I hadn't specifically called for.) So the company, in a fit of overreactive petulance, has scrapped their campaign --- not just the over-the-top wokeness messages but the cartoon M&Ms themselves! They issued a statement on Twitter that came across to me as condescending when they said, "...even a candy's shoes can be polarizing." Hey, they were the ones who made such a big deal about the messaging of the footwear. They MADE the shoes polarizing.
It hit Brandon Morse at REDSTATE the same way.
Morse doesn't get the impression that this company has really learned anything. But I'm considering rewarding them for at least a grudging acknowledgment of the marketplace --- the REAL marketplace, not the one they'd mistakenly assumed would be lining up to buy their "female" bag of candy with the two lesbian M&Ms inside. In other words, I might just force myself to eat a few delicious peanut M&Ms from time to time. But it'll never be the same as it used to be.
Replacing the cartoon characters in a new campaign will be "SNL" alum Maya Rudolph. I love Maya Rudolph, and I doubt she'd let herself be put into something lame. Her first TV spot will run during the Super Bowl on February 12. I do not give a rat's behind what style of shoes she wears.
TWITCHY ran some assorted tweeted responses. Like the company, some of the twitterers making fun of people who were "offended by shoes" have missed the point and don't understand what this backlash was about. It wasn't the shoes. If they had just changed the shoes without getting all preachy about (sigh) gender and inclusiveness, which is really getting tiresome, no one would have cared.
The BABYLON BEE had some fun with this, producing their own M&Ms commercial in which one brave little trans M&M identifies as...a Skittle.
I assume that with most M&Ms, sometimes they identify as peanut, other times plain. Because...sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't.
4. Biden’s New Brain
By Mike Huckabee
It looks as if Jeff Zients will be President Biden’s new Chief of Staff, taking over the unenviable role of the departing Ron Klain, often referred to as “Biden’s brain,” although I don’t know if that's meant as a compliment or an insult. Here’s some info on who Zients is…
But the unanswered question is why would he want this job? Chances are that Klain is getting out because the classified documents scandal is threatening to turn what used to be a mere disaster of an Administration into a nuclear-scale catastrophe. Considering how the skids seem to be getting greased for Biden, it could even be a short-lived, dead-end job. Plus, Zients hasn’t even taken office yet, and he’s already getting blasted from both sides.
Conservative media are pointing out that he ran Biden’s COVID-19 pandemic response, which was tyrannical and tragically incompetent. The Instapundit blog reminded readers that a year ago, Ed Morrissey of Hotair.com blasted Biden for picking Zients and HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, two men with no medical background, to handle the worst pandemic in a century, and their politicizing of it destroyed the public’s trust in our health agencies.
Bob Hoge at Redstate.com also expresses the reaction to Zients from the right…
And in a rare moment of bipartisan agreement, the leftwing site The American Prospect accused Zients of steering the COVID response to “catastrophic lows” and demanded he be fired. Other “progressive” outlets are blasting Zients for not being enough of a leftist activist, with one slamming him as “a veteran of private equity, rapacious health care providers, and Big Tech.”
And I’m sure Congressional Republicans will want to ask him some questions about his reported multiple meetings with Hunter Biden.
Taking all that into account, you have to wonder why Zients, or anyone, would take the job. If it’s just for the honor of the title, it reminds me of Abraham Lincoln’s story about asking a man how it felt to be tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail. The man replied, “If it wasn’t for the honor of the thing, I’d rather walk.”
5. The Left doesn’t tolerate opposing viewpoints
By Mike Huckabee
It’s been a rough few days for the staff at Fox News. First, we offer our condolences and prayers for the family of Fox News Senior Vice President of News & Politics Alan Komissaroff, who died Friday of a heart attack at 47.
And we send Huck’s Hero get well wishes to Fox News meteorologist Adam Klotz. He tried to intervene on a subway when a gang of teenagers lit an older man’s hair on fire with a joint and was brutally beaten. Three of the teen suspects were later arrested, but instead of facing charges, were released to the custody of their parents, who are obviously doing a bang-up job of raising them. This is yet another reason why I’m so glad that I no longer tape my show in New York, and why so many other people are also avoiding visiting there or are moving the heck out.
Finally, Fox News reporter/commentator Gianno Caldwell is speaking out after the owner of Paradis Books and Bread restaurant in North Miami ordered him and his friends to leave. It seems that the conservative views they were privately discussing didn’t align with the owner’s.
The owner claims her establishment is a “safe space” for diverse views, but she seems a bit fuzzy on what “tolerance” means if she only allows views that she agrees with. Gianno called it “plain and simple discrimination” and “Jim Crow 2.0” because it shows that black conservatives aren’t allowed to eat at certain liberal lunch counters.
I agree, but let me add that it isn’t just discrimination against black conservatives. I’ll remind you that my own daughter Sarah and her family had to leave a restaurant when she was Trump’s Press Secretary because the owner was a leftist with no tolerance for views that diverged from her own. In fact, hatred and intolerance for anyone who doesn’t share their political views may be the one area of life in which these people don’t see race or gender. When it comes to diversity of beliefs, they are truly equal opportunity intolerant bigots.
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