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Peloton finds itself in the crosshairs of racism

Who knew that a stationary exercise bike company with online exercise classes could be…wait for it…racist.

In the woke world we live in today, corporates have been busy letting people know what they can’t buy for fear of being cancelled. Now we have customers dictating who they must create products for.

NBC’s David Kaufman wrote,

Like many people in quarantine, every day I find some time to hide from my children and hop on to my Peloton, the stationary exercise bike with built-in internet-enabled spin classes that has become a must-have for some people during this time away from, well, everything…

…But the more I use my Peloton bicycle, the more I don’t feel so good about the company behind it. Because just as their now-infamous holiday-season ad last year convinced many people that the company had an unacknowledged gender problem, their video and music programming suggests to me — as an African American — that they also have an unrecognized race problem…

…It’s not that Peloton the company is actively racist or has even failed at being #woke; a quick spin through Peloton’s app or blog reveals that the brand is intentionally including racially conscious content throughout their marketing materials.

The problem is more subtle. With each bike priced at over $2,200 (their treadmills start at over $4,200) plus $39 per month more for those streaming classes, Peloton users are typically demi-1-percenters, with cash to spare and homes spacious enough to house those speedy racers. And, in fact, Peloton CEO and co-founder John Foley said those users were his target demographic in a 2016 CNBC interview: “These are people who have children, live in suburbs, have nice homes, they have the money and space but don’t necessarily have time.

So a gym equipment company that specifically targets the premium segment is now in trouble for having customers that are “disproportionately white.

Surely if Peloton saw a market opportunity to sell exercise bikes to low wage essential workers it probably would.

Now that President Biden has one in the White House (which is creating cybersecurity issues) perhaps he can introduce a Peloton Equality Act to ensure essential workers can exercise after he’s paid for their student fees.

As an aside, our gym HIIT circuit class has a young Asian man do the video workout examples. The disproportionately white female class has not thought twice about him. Maybe Jetts Gym should be cancelled for not having a minority female conduct the video even the instructors are mostly young women. Smack them for ageism too.

Australia Day – feel free to have your own minute’s silence

It is that time of the year again. Australia Day. Time for the woke brigade to shame any Aussies thinking of firing up the BBQ and sinking a few beers with friends and family. If some people don’t want to celebrate it, then they’re free not to. But what is the point of making people feel guilty for something they didn’t do to people they never knew 150 years before many were born?

Our local member in the House of Reps, Zali Steggall OAM, has called for a minute’s silence on Australia Day. By all means, if she feels that way, she should go right ahead and make her personal statement. Just quit the vacuous virtue signaling.

We’ll dismiss it with the same out-of-touch “Roadmap to Zero” program she has running in Warringah. You know, the climate change virtue signaling page where well over 98.5% of households in the electorate haven’t even bothered to sign up, despite her insistence that the gas guzzling SUV drivers of Mosman elected her to put a stop to climate change.

When are we going to drop this shaming every year? Why is Cricket Australia (CA) now buying into woke antics, especially that of a foreigners violent Marxist group? Can anyone in CA management point to any data or conclusive studies which prove the lives of indigenous Australians will improve by dropping the name or the date? Surely all 365 days of the year should be deemed invasion day if January 26th is considered so reprehensible.

Cricket Australia’s Mel Jones said, “We’ve got five Indigenous players playing those games and a lot of Indigenous fans that come to the cricket, we just want to make this space as safe and inclusive as possible.”

What could be more inclusive than watching cricket over a few beers? Surely CA’s focus should be on winning after the drubbing against India but toxic identity politics is front and centre. Wallabies anyone?

Honestly, can CA identify the fans by name who feel triggered when they voluntarily pay hard-earned coin to watch cricket matches? The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island flags adorn major cricket venues. Every game. Is that not inclusive?

But why can’t those who want to change the date get the facts straight on Australia Day?

Australia Day is celebrated on the 26th January for a very good reason.

The First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay on the 20th of January and an expedition party was sent to Port Jackson on the 22nd of January with the rest of the fleet following on the 26th of January. So the “day” Australia was technically invaded was almost a week prior.

On January 26th, 1949, Australian nationality came into existence when the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 was enacted. That was the day we were first called Australians and allowed to travel with passports as Australians rather than British subjects. Hence Australia Day was officially born and celebrated.

Under the Nationality Act 1920 (Cth), all Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders born after January 1, 1921, gained the status of British subjects. In 1949, therefore, they automatically became Australian citizens under the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948.

So for all the protestors and virtue signaling groups trying to win woke points, perhaps they should spend that minute silence learning the actual dates of what they’re protesting.

Maybe Aussies can strike a deal. Will the activists promise that they’ll stop protesting forever on this issue if the date is changed to one of their choosing? Of course they can’t. Moving the date would embolden the mob to push more grievance politics. Remember that many of the protestors don’t represent the majority of the people they claim to represent. As is usually the case with most protestors.

The overwhelming majority of Aussies are fair minded people aware of their history. The government is so aware that those minority groups are paid 6% of the national budget, twice the level of their representative population. Every year. Shame on Cricket Australia. Stick to the core product and stop telling the fans how they should participate when they part with cold hard cash.

Petition to change name of Glasgow Prestwick Airport to Joe Biden

A petition has been doing the rounds to change the name of Glasgow Prestwick Airport to ‘Joe Biden’ as former President Trump often uses the terminal due to its close proximity to his golf resort.

Should every city, town or airport that hosts a Trump property nearby change the name of an important landmark? Maybe rename the street of the entrance to Trump’s resort to Joe Biden Blvd? Should balloons shaped in the form of Trump in diapers be flown permanently above the town square just to rub it in his face until he is no longer alive?

As much as the left hate Donald Trump, when will the derangement end?

Yet it isn’t just about him. This isn’t a joke. It’s an extension of cancel culture which seeks to punish those the mob disagrees with.

My Pillow founder, Michael J Lindell, has had several large retail stores stop selling his merchandise because of his support of Trump. Many other brands have caved to the mob for the same reason – cowardice.

Instead of letting individual consumers decide for themselves, weak corporates are kneeling at the altar of wokeness, afraid to be cancelled by a bunch of fringe activists who aren’t likely to be customers anyway. We hope My Pillow sales boom online. Or will USPS, FedEx or UPS refuse to ship his goods down the line?

We were astonished to see a group of companies publicly denounce the Capitol riots. For the love of God, when people saw the despicable act of a few people overestimating their agency, did the names Toyota, GM or Pfizer pop into the heads of anyone as being related in any way? We’re guessing not but why did these corporates self-appoint themselves as moral guardians? Goodyear is hardly a bastion of balance when its HR pushed radical leftist training completely unrelated to the tyre business.

Why didn’t the PGA grow a spine and say that Trump’s course would provide the best golf. Do they honestly believe they’d lose a single fan? Pushing back works as proven by RedBull and Goya.

While the Prestwick Airport stunt might appear like a decent Scottish joke it is nothing more than an extension of cancel culture. For as much as the left scream about equality, compassion and fairness, they seem to want to hound Trump to his grave. Guess what, this will only embolden his supporters who are growing ever more weary of the deliberate suppression of free speech and ability to have a voice.

To the cancel culture, unity only comes from coerced conformity and every time a corporate caves, it emboldens them to go in even harder.

Be careful what you wish for.

Marxist diversity training in Missouri schools

You can’t make this up.

A few weeks ago it was San Diego schools accusing white teachers of being racist. Then a teacher at a Cupertino school was indoctrinating 8yos in a maths class – of all the subjects to conduct it – about deconstructing their own race and accepting their privilege.

Now Cherokee Middle School in Springfield, Missouri made teachers undergo a diversity training program that forced educators to locate themselves on an “oppression matrix” and watch a video of “George Floyd’s last words.”

The diversity trainers, Jeremy Sullivan and Myki Williamson (LinkedIn profile here), both white, asked teachers to acknowledge they were on stolen land and “the dark history and violence against Native and Indigenous People” at the start of proceedings.

The trainers then provided teachers a hand out on the aforementioned “oppression matrix,” which defines white heterosexual males as the “privileged social group” and women, minorities, transgender, and LGBT people as “oppressed social groups.

Teachers identified at the top of the totem pole were told they are responsible for the “racism, sexism, transgender oppression, heterosexism, [and] classism” against minorities who are less fortunate.

Then the concepts of overt and covert white supremacy were introduced. A document claimed that “lynching, hate crimes, KKK, neo-Nazis, [and] burning crosses” are “socially unacceptable” forms of white supremacy, while “education funding from property tax, colorblindness, calling the police on black people, BIPOC as Halloween costumes, not believing experiences of BIPOC, tone policing, [and] white silence” are “socially acceptable” forms of white supremacy. 

As if this wasn’t bad enough, white teachers were forced to actively vocalize confessions about their role in white supremacy as a form of “affirmative consent.” To remain (white) silent was a form of “white supremacy.”

One has to wonder whether those teachers who have been happy to indoctrinate kids with their political biases are now regretting that now the system is now coming for them.

What a disaster to know that kids are being brainwashed by teachers who are now forced to sit through Marxist re-education seminars. School boards should be sacked for allowing such training courses to be tolerated. Alas, activism in the classroom has replaced education.

So much for a platform of unity. Conform or be cancelled, bigots!

The poison of identity politics. By the tenets of the teachings, a white heterosexual homeless man is more privileged than a transgender POC earning $150,000pa.

Got it?

Californian elementary school brainwashing 8yo kids about power & privilege

It seems that a third-grade teacher at R.I. Meyerholz Elementary School in Cupertino, CA decided to get 8yo kids to deconstruct their own racial identities. Students were taught that the dominant culture was the following:

White, middle class, cisgender, educated, able bodied, Christian, English speakers who created and maintained” this culture in order “to hold power and stay in power.

The documents were leaked, not by someone dripping in white fragility, but an Asian American parent who was disgusted to see kids being taught racism. She rallied other parents at the school to protest to the principal.

The teacher began the lesson on “social identities” during a mathematics class. That gives a whole new meaning to division.

A passage from the assigned text went as follows:

a white, cisgender man, who is able-bodied, heterosexual, considered handsome and speaks English has more privilege than a Black transgender woman.

Christopher Rufo, who obtained the leaked documents wrote,

“The irony is that, despite being 94 percent nonwhite, Meyerholz Elementary is one of the most privileged schools in America. The median household income in Cupertino is $172,000, and nearly 80 percent of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher. At the school, where the majority of families are Asian-American, the students have exceptionally high rates of academic achievement and the school consistently ranks in the top 1 percent of all elementary schools statewide. In short, nobody at Meyerholz is oppressed.”

Should the teacher just view the Asian American parents against intersectional politics as inconvenient minorities who believe in meritocracy? According to Rufo, the parents believe that the school board is overpopulated by critical race theory activists.

One wonders under Biden whether these things will proliferate. So much for unity. Let’s get the brainwashing in as early as possible.

Presumably when the handsome sun bleached blonde, blue eyed white 8yo boy is punched in the nose by a minority student, the teacher will explain to him that this is a part of the healing process to account for his white privilege and atone for things he has no control over.

Black is white. Freedom is slavery. War is peace. Got it?

Where would we be without taxpayer funded media?

Where would we be without taxpayer-funded media? Senior counsel at PBS, Michael Beller, suggested that children of Trump supporters should be sent to re-education camps.

He has since been fired.

Maybe he’ll get a role in Biden’s DOJ? Biden’s new civil rights pick is big into eugenics. Seems to tick the ideological boxes.

Should the Coons be Cheesed Off?

More gutless corporate pandering to the mob. We wrote about the plan to change the brand name of ‘Coon‘ cheese last year.

The cheese was named after its American maker, Edward William Coon, 85 years ago.

It has now been changed to ‘Cheer.’

In our view, the marketers should be fired for a lack of creativity. About as useless as the PR team of parent company Saputo.

Why didn’t Saputo write about the origins of Coon on the packet? Seems sensible to educate those woke fringe groups who take umbrage at everything.

Instead, the Saputo CEO gave the all too common cave in to the cancel culture by stating,

Treating people with respect and without discrimination is one of our basic principles and is is imperative that we continue to uphold this in everything we do.”

Hasn’t the food producer disrespected the 31 families bearing that surname in Australia?

Should the Coons be pressured to change their surname to Cheer? What better way to accumulate woke points with the apparatchiks than getting the Coons to renounce their origins. Why not hold a ceremony named Day 1, Year 0 where the families publicly apologize for unconscious racism and beg for forgiveness.

Perhaps Saputo can pay for all the legal costs associated with changing drivers licenses, passports, Medicare and all other manner of documentation so the dairy company can revel in even more vacuous virtue signaling so the PR department can justify having a role.

Down the line, we would love to see the empirical data on how the lives of those the name change is designed to improve have been bettered. Apart from absolutely zero, we imagine the only declining figure experienced will be the revenue line.

Another corporate own goal.

Perhaps Saputo should look at those brands who have stood up to the faux outrage groups – GoyaRed Bull – and won.

Three Cheers for the cowards.

Whites need not apply?

Yet more of the Biden agenda to unite all of America. Instead of helping all those who run small businesses based on the level of individual economic hardship, race and gender will be the new determinants.

So in short, if you’re an a relatively unaffected minority run-business you will be favored for support over an on death’s door multi-generational white business.

Which boxes will ensure the maximum subsidies? Is it best to be an illegal immigrant who is also a coloured LGBT woman of Islamic faith with a disability?

Welcome to the world of identity policy. Imagine if the Democrats hadn’t so feverishly supported the BLM riots which ended up destroying so many minority owned businesses that such a policy wasn’t required to be drafted in the way that it has.

Liberal logic. Stop systemic/institutional racism by setting up structures that guarantee it thrives.

The Great Uniter in Chief compares Republicans to Nazis

You know the path to political harmony in America is often paved with trip wires and land mines.

While the media continue to hail Biden as the mature candidate who will unite a divided country we thought it a bit odd for him to accuse the opposition of employing tactics used by Goebbels and the Nazi propaganda machine.

It was bad enough that Biden threw the Capitol Police – who have protected him for 47 years implying they were a bunch of gun-toting racists with a blood lust against blacks – under the bus.

Fear not, newly elected Congresswoman Cori Bush ( D-MO), a self-proclaimed BLM activist, has vowed to introduce her first bill to remove those who questioned the election result. She tweeted,

“I just introduced H.Res. 25.

It would, under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, investigate and expel the GOP members of Congress who attempted to overturn the election and incited a white supremacist attack.

Call your rep to sign on. We can’t have unity without accountability.”

So a Marxist is suggesting democratically elected officials are worthy of expulsion for apparently inciting a white supremacist attack. Note the language – “investigate and expel.” Will a fair process occur or will they be labeled guilty until proven innocent?

Should all the Democrats that tried to prevent the result of the 2016 election being carried be liable for sedition too?

So should we conclude that every time a conservative white person lawfully and peacefully protests that they automatically be deemed ‘white supremacists’?

Be careful woke white liberals. You might think you’re on the right side of history, but you’re next. They might wish to reflect on the San Diego School District which will force white teachers to undergo white privilege training.

They will be compelled to acknowledge they are on stolen land and that they will experience “guilt, anger, apathy, [and] closed-mindedness” because of their “white fragility.

White teachers will be told “you are racist” and “you are upholding racist ideas, structures, and policies.

So even if you are the most tolerant white liberal in the world, you’re fair game. You’re racist but you just don’t know it. Got it?

Cori Bush’s Op-Ed in WaPo is laced with all the identity politics one could expect, including her dismay at the rough treatment by the police despite her admission to damaging/defacing public property. Aren’t laws supposed to be applied fairly?

Can Bush also explain why the minority vote for Trump went up in absolute and relative terms? A bit odd that they’d vote for someone dripping in white supremacy?

After disparaging the US Capitol Police in her article, Bush should demand her own taxpayer funded private security detail because, by her own conclusions, they can’t be trusted.

With politicians like these filling the ranks of the Democrats, just write off any hope that there is any intention to unite the country. The next 4 years will look a lot more like revenge than reconciliation.

Be careful where you step…

Capitol Hill riot now likened to Kristallnacht & Pearl Harbor

What is it with polarized politics that causes people to make comparisons using yardsticks which are completely unfathomable? So much so that it ends up trivializing major tragedies in the process.

After the despicable, but clumsy Capitol Hill riot, Senator Chuck Schumer compared it to a “day in infamy,” the very words FDR pronounced at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Seriously? Are a bunch of unorganized mugs overestimating their agency in anyway on a par with Imperial Japanese Navy fighter pilots killing thousands?

Now Trump-hating Arnold Schwarzenegger has made a video comparing the events of Jan 6, 2021 to Kristallnacht in 1938. Are a bunch of unorganized mugs overestimating their agency in anyway on a par with the 4 million strong Sturm Arbeitlung of Nazi Germany? Seriously?

We are surprised that Schwarzenegger or Schumer didn’t make mention of the 20+ lives lost during the BLM/Antifa protests which were ideologically more disturbing for the aggressive manner in which history has been erased. A far better example of groups who don’t care about democracy.

We were surprised they didn’t speak of all the decent law enforcement officers who were maligned, beaten and in some cases murdered, like retired police chief David Dorn.

We are surprised that they didn’t mention the thugs waiting out the front of the White House who physically assaulted people, including senators who were leaving a Trump rally. Precious little display of democracy there.

We wonder why Arnie couldn’t see how the original cause of protesting the death of George Floyd morphed into something that extended to punish, destroy, assault, murder, loot, burn and crush those that didn’t conform to the Marxist manifesto of BLM or any other grievance du jour? Just bash innocent people.

How could he have missed so many leading Democrats pushing to defund the police and encourage rioters? Incoming VP Kamala Harris said, “protestors should not let up“. Don’t forget she was a big supporter of the Minnesota Freedom Fund which helped bail out alleged child sex offenders and other felons.

Speaker Pelosi said, “people will do what they will do.” Rep Ayanna Pressley proclaimed, “there needs to be unrest in the streets!”

Unfortunately, Schwarzenegger said that we need leaders who have a “servant’s heart.” Those that will put public interest above their own. Fat chance finding it in people like Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who apart from being the third most powerful person in the country, represents a district that has some of the highest rates of poverty in America.

There is one area we agreed with Arnie – wishing Biden the best of success for his administration. That would be a welcome change to the last 4 years where the left leaning media and political machine of the Democrats have done their utmost to delegitimize Trump’s presidency.

We also don’t think Biden tweeting that the outcome on the Capitol would have been different if BLM were the perpetrators instead of Trump supporters is the stuff that builds unity. That type of race-baiting division suggests harmony is a long way off.

Schwarzenegger needs to go back and study history again. He might refresh his memory and consider Big Tech censorship as a modern day form of book burning where the removal of people’s rights to free speech undermines the very democracy he emphatically demands be protected.