Weeks ago, Roseanne Barr compared a former Obama administration official to an ape. Within the blink of an eye, she was fired from the highly rated resurrected version of her old 1988-1997 show, and the show was canceled.
She later apologized and blamed her remark on having taken the sleeping pill Ambien.
Last week, actor Peter Fonda, who had a movie opening Friday, tweeted, “We should rip Barron Trump [the 12-year-old son of President Donald Trump] from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles and see if mother will will [sic] stand up against the giant a——— she is married to.”
A few days later, the actor apologized in a statement through his public relations firm, blaming his words on seeing pictures of children whose parents smuggled them illegally into the United States and who were placed in federal custody while their parents faced court proceedings.
“I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family …,” he said. “Like many Americans, I am very impassioned and distraught over the situation with children separated from their families at the border, but I went way too far. It was wrong, and I should not have done it. I immediately regretted it and sincerely apologize to the family for what I said and any hurt my words have caused.”
Sony Classics, which is releasing the film “Boundaries,” said it would not pull the film but did condemn Fonda’s remarks.
By now, who can be surprised at the hypocrisy?
It turns out Canada detains children without an adult, too. In the past year, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., 11 out of the 151 children detained by the Canada Border Service Agency were held without an adult.
Someone needs to tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, though. Last week, he said the Trump administration’s former policy of separating illegal immigrant children from their families was “wrong.”
“I can’t imagine what the families living through this are enduring,” Trudeau added. “Obviously, this is not the way we do things in Canada.”
Except, of course, that it was.
Just as news networks do in the United States, though, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. was quick to cover for its leftist prime minister, or at least soften the impact of his words.
An original CBC headline, “Canada also detains migrant children, sometimes for months at a time,” was changed to “Canada aims to avoid detaining migrant children, but it happens.”
And then there is this …
The men and woman just shook their heads as they looked at the photos of children behind chain link fences, sleeping under what looked like aluminum foil blankets (they’re actual solar), huddled ended to end, and shackled with their hands behind their backs.
What do you think of these conditions? The DC’s Justin Caruso and Amber Athey recently asked people on the streets of Washington, D.C.
“Unorganized,” a man in a cap and gown summarized the photo. “It looks more like a concentration camp to me.”
He “would blame the Trump administration” for the conditions,” he said.
“It reminds me a lot of concentration camps, honestly,” a woman said, parroting what she heard on news reports.
“I’ve worked in education and migration,” a woman said, “and this is f——— b———-.”
Told these photos were made at the border in 2014, when Barack Obama was president, none of the three would voice a word of criticism.
One mumbled something about not being aware the situation had been going on so long.
Now read on …
Four years ago, when Obama was president and United States House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi toured the South Texas Detention Facility and was briefed by Customs and Border Protection on the “influx of unaccompanied children in the United States,” she said such detention facilities should not be politicized.
“Well, I hope that while some may have tried to politicize it, I hope that was not the case,” she said. “[T]his is not about an issue, it’s about a value.”
It’s not clear what value she had in mind, but she had praise for all those involved.
“We’re here to thank the border patrol,” Pelosi said. “We think they’re doing the best they can under the circumstances We thank the Department of Defense for what they’re doing, the Department of [Homeland Security].”
Under President Trump, whose attorney general had ordered border agents to follow the law and detain illegal immigrants, she had a different thought last week.
Pelosi tweeted that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen should resign over the detention of children separately from their parents and that “Republicans believe that vulnerable immigrant children do not deserve the same basic human rights protections as their own.”
How does she look in the mirror?
— Time Free Press of Chattanooga