Why the wokeism wars are making me sleepy
The worst of Kid Rock makes me cringe. This new track lives down to that.
While my 58 yo ears and brain (IMO) consider Rock and Eminem talentless hacks your commentary and writing is not to be considered with the above opinion. I believe you have become a sharper wordsmith since you started this journey down the Substack path. You engage us to open our eyes and minds with your writing. You continue to write outside of the lines and box of what we have been taught what to expect from writers. Thank you.
Dude, Slim Shady is Eminem, not Kid Rock (Head), they’re both from Macomb Co. Michigan, but they’re completely different people. Methinks Eminem has a much subtler and objective mind.
Mr. Trump got himself elected by becoming / amplifying a real Slim Shady persona, and by focusing that defiance / resentment on wokeism. Ms. Clinton, despite her credentials and experience, stood no chance against the real Slim Shady and the crusade against wokeism.
I'll continue listening to Kid Rock when I need mindless sensationalism and good bad defiance. When I need political clues, I'll continue listening to anti-Kid Rocks such as Bill Kristol and Charlie Sykes...who sponsor a more subtle yet equally firm anti-wokeism stance.
Wokeness may be putting many of us to sleep, but I doubt we’ve even reached its radioactive half-life. Cultural laggards can get up to speed with the November issue of Commentary, which is devoted to “Woke: The Threat.” This is the encyclopedic guide to the metastasizing effects of wokeness on: Jews, racial harmony, the English language, medicine, comedy, science and courage. You think Kid Rock reads Commentary?
I find it harder and harder to figure out what, exactly, the MAGA crowd wants these days. We’ve got Michael Flynn telling us what this country really needs is one religion, but also, Kid Rock telling us that ain’t nobody gonna tell him how to live. I’ve been told that Trump is a strategic genius, so I’m sure this all works towards some kind of outcome that’s too much for my little brain to handle, but it certainly seems like a cluster in the meantime.
Kid Rock's privileged background was a bit of a surprise to me. So that means he's white trash by choice?? Wow.
Maybe I shouldn't be surprised. I've always found it ironic that the term "snowflake", as an insult, has been used mostly by the white, privileged class (note the comma there). You know the type. They live in their rural or suburban "white flight" neighborhoods, only hang out with their white family and friends (they may have one or two "friends of color", but only if they tow the conservative party line) and are willfully ignorant of what white privilege (oops! No comma this time) actually means. They remain in their vanilla circles in the midst of their marshmallow world, snowblinded by their own whiteness. And yet...those people on the Left are called sensitive snowflakes.
Well, I've been accused of being a SJW, even as an Independent, but I'm also from P.G. County and I love my Mossberg 500. I got your "snowflake" right here. 😆😆
Just messing with you, brother. 😁 I know we're both hanging out on the middle edges.
To be honest, I prefer the more obvious forms of hick humiliation, like this:
The subtle form you link to is too subtle, feels a bit cruel.
You’ve never let me down.
Re: K. Rock, The Nuge' & similar performers and their late and current music (I suppose more or less hollerin' and cussin' with the most shopworn profanities along to some background noise has been considered music for a while now):
ZZZZZZZZZ... (snort, roll over)...ZZZZZZZZZ...
Michigan seems to have been rather fertile ground for this sort of white-trash tripe. Apologies for that. (Not really... Bob Seger pretty much balances the score on that count.)
We get a hell of a lot of snow some winters here in The Wolverine State. But you can count on all those snowflakes to melt in the spring. Well, depending on the year and which side of The Straits one's located on, by early summer anyway. Sometimes there's a bit of cussin' involved before their departure, since when enough of them accumulate at any given time they do cause some problems and can be more than just a bit annoying. But hurling profanities at 'em never made them go away any faster, though I have to admit that it sometimes feels kind of good to let fly a couple of F-bombs in their direction while alone in the cab of my old truck, plowing through a particularly deep drift in my driveway...for the 2nd or 3rd time.
Still, nature always takes its course, and come late June or early July all that aggravation is just a faded memory. Until winter inevitably rolls around again.
So, though I may be a relic, old fashioned and over the hill...
Just take those old records off the shelf.
I'll sit and listen to 'em by myself.
Today's music ain't got the same soul.
I like that old time rock and roll.
As to Rock, Nugent et.al., as soon as I wake up, I'll lift an enthusiastic middle digit in salute to their immense talents, musical and otherwise.
Maybe Trump was reaching for kafaybe when he tweeted cofeve; clearly his true brilliance was lurking under the surface /s
Foock is a perfectly good pronunciation, even now. Especially with in-ell attached to it.
With you on the woke wars - it’s like watching a repeat of the Salem witch trials, except there’s a large chunk of society forming covens in solidarity with the imaginary witches. None of this is a good use of the limited number of spins we get around the sun.
This sentence is why I read......"Rock went on to visit all the stations of the white-trash cross:"
Damn, I love that sentence. 😂
Your wordsmithing is topnotch Matt!
Well Matt, I did learn there is a word assigned not only to the world of pro wrestling? Also to the political world. Kafaybe😏I feel so woken.
I’m always happy to see a new Slack Tide piece in my inbox, love your writing.
I think Gregory Thornbury gets the credit for the kayfabe idea.