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Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes

Posted on | July 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes

 

The U.S. economy added nearly 5 million jobs last month, and perhaps would have added more if not for deranged Ivy League graduates losing their jobs because they threatened to stab people:

A recent Harvard University graduate claims she is getting death threats over a TikTok video she made in which she threatened to stab anyone who tells her that “all lives matter.”
Claira Janover, who graduated in May with a degree in government and psychology, went viral after posting a short clip in which she attacked anyone with “the nerve, the sheer entitled Caucasity to say, ‘all lives matter.’”
“I’ma stab you,” the Connecticut native said, zooming in close on her face.
“I’ma stab you, and while you’re struggling and bleeding out, I’ma show you my paper cut and say, ‘My cut matters, too,’” she added.

Having a high SAT score doesn’t mean you’re smarter than everybody else, at least not in terms of basic common sense. Like, maybe it’s not a genius idea to post videos to social media of yourself making threats of violence against people you disagree with? Collect your prize:

The Harvard graduate who said in a TikTok video that she would “stab” anyone who told her “All Lives Matter” revealed in a new pair of recordings that she has lost her job over the perceived threats and ensuing furor.
“Standing up for Black Lives Matter put me in a place online to be seen by millions of people,” a teary Claira Janover said in a new video posted Wednesday afternoon. “The job that I’d worked really hard to get and meant a lot to me has called me and fired me because of everything.”
Janover’s LinkedIn account lists her as an “incoming government and public business service analyst” at Deloitte, a UK-based accounting firm. . . .
Janover, who contended that the message was an analogy rather than a serious threat, has since received a deluge of threats against her own life and safety.
In her new videos, she blamed supporters of President Trump for going after her job.

(Of course, because ORANGE MAN BAD!)

“Trump supporters took my job away from me,” she said in another new video posted Wednesday. “I have gotten death threats, rape threats, violent threats. It was OK, but now my future’s entirely compromised because Trump supporters have decided to come for my life.”
Through tears, a defiant Janover vowed not to back down.
“I’m too strong for you. I’m too strong for any of you ‘All Lives Matter,’ racist Trump supporters,” she said. “It sucks. But it doesn’t suck as much as systemic racism. And I’m not going to stop using my platform to advocate for it.”

Actually, losing a high-paying job sucks worse than “systemic racism,” because that job paid real money, whereas “systemic racism” is merely a political concept, an attempt to explain the social order. This is a basic problem with graduates of Harvard and other “elite” universities: They tend to fall in love with intellectual abstractions — concepts like “equality” or “social justice” — that don’t really have anything to do with the lives of ordinary people. It’s like the difference between (a) the concept of romantic love, and (b) actually having a sexual relationship.

It is easy to indulge in fantasies of what “love” might be in an ideal world, and to permit your devotion to this ideal to function as a substitute reward for your lack of success in the more practical and mundane matter of finding someone willing to be your partner in “love” (however you define that term). This is what gave rise to the so-called “incel” phenomenon. Elliot Rodger claimed to be “the supreme gentleman,” deserving of an idealized blonde girlfriend, and this belief inspired a murderous rage induced by his perception that he was being unfairly cheated out of his romantic fantasy. Likewise, the Harvard graduate is encouraged to believe in an idealized world without “systemic racism,” and succumbs to rage when real life falls short of this fantasy ideal.

Claira Janover evidently considers #BlackLivesMatter expressive of some ideal, and views “Trump supporters” as the antithesis of this ideal. So she engages in performative outrage — putting on a show, intended for an online audience of like-minded “social justice warriors.” When this stunt backfires, Janover doesn’t blame her own foolishness, but instead claims heroic martyrdom, and blames her enemies for the result.




 

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