In a recent interview for notoriously liberal Complex Magazine, actress Issa Rae, now made from her show Insecure on HBO, said that “racist, old executives” dying should be celebrated in the television and movie business. When asked about the “progress” of diversifying Hollywood—solely based on race or gender rather than political viewpoint or character, of course—Rae’s response was quizzical.
“I’m happy to report that we’re making progress. People are dying…Roger Ailes just died. He needed to go. it’s great. As time goes on… unfortunately we won’t be able to take advantage of it like the younger generation, but it’s happening and I feel like there are people in positions of power who wouldn’t have had an opportunity in the past that have opportunities now and who have, a firm vision and are intent on hiring the people who haven’t been hired in the past. I’m very optimistic on that. People die every day, so it’s great.”
The interview, which supplied the cover story for Complex‘s July issue, covered a range of issues, but this brief excerpt on racism, diversity, and leading industry veterans out to pasture will surely raise the most eyebrows. It’s likely that Rae’s words were deliberately controversial, perhaps even to generate interest in the second season of Insecure, which premieres on July 23.
However, even if her statements were partially for grabbing headlines, it’s easy to sense that she truly meant what she was saying. Complex‘s Edwin Ortiz continued the internet without protest, saying, “[her] words may rub some the wrong way, but there’s truth in what she’s saying.” This goes to show that people who champion diversity of race or gender only have little to no moral compass when it comes to pushing their agendas.
Issa Rae is not the first public figure to say she’d prefer if old people would just die. As reported by The Daily Wire, notable weirdo and “science guy,” Bill Nye, said government intervention to stop global warming will only be possible once the “deniers,” who are apparently all senior citizens, must phased out of the equation.
“Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It’s generational…We’re just going to have to wait for those people to ‘age out,’ as they say. ‘Age out’ is a euphemism for ‘die.’ But it’ll happen, I guarantee you – that’ll happen.”
Bill Nye and Issa Rae’s comments are identical in their underlying messages. They are both under the illusion that there are people out there proactively trying to hurt them and their causes, and those people are either old racists or old climate change deniers. Even if their logic held water, that in no way excuses these types of ugly and unnecessary statements.
Unfortunately, people throughout conservative-bashing circles will likely continue to say these things because arguments for their personal crusades don’t stick to headlines as well as arguments against their perceived adversaries. This symptom is widespread on the Left, which probably indicates why the Democratic Party is having major trouble choosing a campaign slogan for 2018.
Issa Rae is not an A-list celebrity, so her comments will mostly fly under the radar. One might think such sentiments would damage her reputation or adversely affect her show’s ratings, but since Hollywood is a Leftist bubble, she’ll probably receive an Emmy nod next year. The first season of Insecure did not receive any nominations this year. It must’ve been those evil, racist AARP members over at the Television Academy.
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