Earlier this month, musician Jack White posted the following statement on social media:
Anybody who “normalizes” or treats this disgusting fascist, racist, con man, disgusting piece of shit Trump with any level of respect is ALSO disgusting in my book. That’s you Joe Rogan, you Mel Gibson, you Mark Wahlberg, you Guy Fieri. This is a statement from me, not a discussion/debate. -Jack White III
Well, despite White’s claim that “this is… not a discussion/debate,” he has no right to tell people that they are not allowed to respond to his statement. He has no right to tell people that they are not allowed to discuss and debate what he said. So I am going to do just that.
My response to White’s statement is, to put it bluntly, fuck you.
The vicious, cruel, nasty, and aggressively intolerant tone of this statement is appalling.
I am beyond sick and tired of people again and again acting in a such vicious, cruel, and nasty manner towards those who are different from themselves.
I am beyond sick and tired of people so self-righteously and so aggressively expressing their intolerance and their mindless conformity, as if they think these qualities are somehow positive.
I am even more sick and tired of people who, apparently unaware of the irony, while doing the above-mentioned things, call those who are different from themselves, “fascists.”
Donald Trump is not disgusting. He is not a fascist. He is not racist. He is not a con man. He is not a piece of shit.
In reality, Jack White is a piece of shit for saying these things.
In reality, Jack White is disgusting for saying these things.
In reality, Jack White is a fascist for characterizing a person with different beliefs than his own in this way.
Statements like White’s are what truly should not be normalized in our society.
With this statement, White is going out of his way to spew viciousness, cruelty, and nastiness, going out of his way to demonstrate intolerance and mindless conformity, as if he thinks these qualities are something to be proud of, something to boast about.
Being vicious, cruel, nasty, mindless, and completely intolerant of people who are different from you is nothing to be proud of. It is nothing to boast about.
You, Jack White, are a disgusting piece of shit in my book.
You are a disgusting piece of shit for choosing to issue such a vicious, cruel, nasty, and intolerant statement.
You are a disgusting piece of shit for thinking that viciousness, cruelty, nastiness, intolerance, and mindless conformity give you some sort of claim to the moral high ground. In reality, they do the exact opposite.
And you are not only a disgusting piece of shit, but also a hypocrite, for actively and aggressively demonstrating such complete intolerance for others while simultaneously calling those others “fascists.”
Jack White, not Donald Trump, is the real fascist.
Joe Rogan, Mel Gibson, Mark Wahlberg, and Guy Fieri deserve to be praised for having the courage to think differently from the majority and to take an unpopular stand.
Jack White deserves to be condemned for his viciousness, cruelty, nastiness, and intolerance, because these are the most immoral and most disgusting qualities that a person could possibly have.
Jack White deserves to be condemned for his aggressive and mean-spirited advocacy for mindless conformity, because this is the most immoral and most disgusting type of advocacy that a person could possibly engage in.
Or as former congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard put it:
Jack White recently expressed his disdain for anyone who “normalizes” Trump. In the meantime, what he wants us to do is normalize those in power abusing that power to go after political opponents, using the strong arm of the law as their goon squad.