On Friday, extreme-right, off-the-ledge commentator Candace Owens made some statements on her video podcast that were truly lunatic in every full sense of the word. "Delusional" gets used a lot these days when describing the MAGOP base, but it fits here in its literal meaning.
By the way, I don't know exactly how Ms. Owens actually got known, but she did work for the Charlie Kirk's off-the-ledge extreme-right advocacy group Turning Point USA as its communications director. And she's founded some groups and done stuff and has a podcast where she lovingly spreads conspiracy theories. Also, Kanye West -- who has praised Hitler and said he hated Jews -- once tweeted, "I love the way Candace Owens thinks," which pretty much summarizes her.
And no, I'm not exaggerating. Here's a screenshot from a tweet that got posted with her video.
Yes, she really said that. "I am a big believer that Hollywood was created by the CIA. I believe that." This explains a lot about Candace Owens. A lot. A whole lot.
I mean, my god, just because you "believe" something doesn't make it true! But that's today's extreme right. But reality is not a belief system. Climate Change exists. Vaccines save lives. Joe Biden won the 2020 election.
When did MAGOPs give up on accepting reality? It seems to have come in -- or least took hold most strongly -- with Trump. Supported by Kellyanne Conway suggesting a world for them where "alternative facts" have a place of comfort.
It's hard to express how utterly ignorant this is from Candace Owens. And for actual reality reasons not open to subjective opinion or debate.
The first Hollywood movie was 1908.
The CIA was created in 1947.
Imagine how many thousands of Hollywood movies were made in-between that period that, according to the Delusional World of Candace Owens, never existed.
And the thing is, her whole statement is even much more insane than this one quote. I'm sorry to do this to you, dear readers, but it pretty much has to be seen to be believed. Don't worry, it's short, less than a minute. And every second is spectacularly lunatic.
She talks about her proof for CIA creating Hollywood as being "satanic" content -- something you'd think would be more proof of the Salem Witch Trials than Mickey Mouse, Charlie Chaplin and Gone with the Wind. The thing is, this evil content, which no doubt comes out of concern from her personal sense of morality about sex and violence and bad language and oh, God knows what else in recent film only, rather than the "creation of Hollywood," is actually proof of how crazy she is. That's because it completely ignores the reality of the Hays Code which came into being in 1934 specifically to require morality in Hollywood movies! A morality code for movies which even was active for a full two decades more after the CIA was created in 1947, until the late 1960s!
And she further rants about Hollywood ignoring Russell Brand, who (from what she says) I can only assume has found God in recent years, following his wildly ego-centric, full-snarky, drug-addicted years. Well...Hollywood "ignores Russell Brand," not even remotely because he "found God," but because he had his chance and starred in several very big movies in Hollywood's attempt to make him a big star -- and they all flopped! Massively. Get Him to the Greek, the remake of Arthur, and Rock of Ages. So, like Hollywood does with all people who make a series of huge flops: they dropped him. And tried others instead. (Fun fact: Russell Brand still makes movies in Hollywood. Eleven of them and appearances in four series in the past decade. He's just not the star any more, but smaller supporting roles. Because audiences showed that they don't tend to like him as the lead character.) So, it turns out that -- not shockingly -- Candance Owens is totally wrong about that, too.
Yes, I know MAGOPs don't accept reality.
Or as political analyst Rick Wilson put it, in response to Owens' podcast video when it was posted --
"That’s because she’s a total chucklefuck. JFC."
When I saw the video of Ms. Owens going far off the deep end about what she believed, really believed to be true despite reality, at first I thought that, aha!, this is what Kellyanne Conway meant, and Candace Owens just lives in her comfortable world of "Alternative Facts." A world that her listeners and the GOP base lives in and believes.
But then I realized how freeing it is to believe in reality. So, I figured I might give it a go and see how believing in things that are maniacally untrue goes --
I'm a big believer Candace Owens is not a real human and instead was created by AI. (I mean literally, artificial intelligence.)
I believe Trump eats Christian babies. I really believe it.
I believe every MAGOP who says they hate Taylor Swift is actually hiding from admitting to other MAGOPs that they really love her and have all her albums.
I really believe that Sean Hannity is a Chinese Communist who has been embedded on Fox through a psyops jointly run by the North Korea and Newsmax.
I believe that the CIA was created by the Ford Motor Company as a way to distract from the debacle of the Edsel.
I believe Rush Limbaugh is actually "Q" and runs QAnon from the grave, from where he continues to make up stories as a joke because he couldn't sell them to The Onion.
I believe Aaron Rodgers is really 85 years old, but sold his soul to the devil, just like Joe Hardy did in the musical Damn Yankees.
I believe that the musical Damn Yankees is a true story and is based on the life of a real baseball player named Larry "Skeets" Bondurant whose name has been erased from the record books in a conspiracy with the Ford Motor Company who got the CIA involved.
I am a big believer, I really believe Trump, Candace Owens, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
And I believe...actually, no, I am absolutely certain that this is much easier and more fun than I expected.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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