June 22, 2011, - 1:13 pm

Hyper-Sensitive USA: America, You Can’t Handle the Truth – Ebert, Mccain & Morgan Learn the Hard Way

By Debbie Schlussel

Apparently, you can’t tell the truth in America, anymore  (unless you’re Muslim).  If you do, the thought police are at your door ready to take your life and speech outlets away from you.  To paraphrase Jack Nicholson in the movies, America, you can’t handle the truth. Political correctness has taken over ad absurdum.



I’ve learned that uninspired “lesson “through the truth I write and post here and the faux-outrage it inspires from frauds on the left and right who know I’m telling it like it is, but they can’t stand the attention it garners me.  And now Roger Ebert, Tracy Morgan, and John McCain are bearing the brunt of a new reality show:   “You Can’t Say That in America, Episode #786,299.”

The outrage–the shrill faux-outrage–over these three people telling the truth (and in two out of three cases, the largely benign truth) is a plague that’s taking over Western civilization and making things worse.  It’s a terrible symptom of the wussified nation we’ve become.  We’ve become such a wimpy nation that you can’t say the truth because it might offend someone.  So sad, too bad.

In recent days we’ve watched Ebert, Morgan, and McCain get pilloried for the following “shocking” statements:

Roger Ebert:  “Friends Don’t Let Jackasses Drink and Drive.”  Ebert said this regarding the car accident death of Jackass star Ryan Dunn.  He reportedly drank mucho alcohol at a party just hours before.  Ebert’s Facebook page was suspended as a result.  (Because he’s famous and complained, it’s since been restored.)  Yeah, because everyone knows that drunk driving never leads to accidents or deaths.  Never.  The nerve of Ebert.  Like everyone else, Ebert was forced by the public outrage to apologize.  Why?  Yes, no one knows for sure why Dunn died in a car in a high speed crash, but odds are pretty good it has something to do with drunk driving.

It’s interesting the priorities and sense of importance people ascribe to Ebert’s statement versus some of  his previous ones.  As I’ve noted on this site, Roger Ebert has repeatedly gone out of his way to defend an Islamic terrorist, Ibrahim Parlak.  Parlak lied on five different legal applications for his citizenship and licenses about his membership in a Kurdish Islamic terrorist group.  Parlak trained in Syrian and Lebanese terrorist training camps.  His actions resulted in the murder of a Turkish border guard.  Every single court Parlak to which Parlak has appealed has confirmed he’s a terrorist and ordered him deported.  And yet national security expert Roger Ebert made the boneheaded statement that Parlak isn’t a national security hazard.  But no outrage over that.  Only over his statement that is spot on, even if Ryan Dunn wasn’t drunk when he drove.

Become a shill for Islamic terrorists, and Facebook has no problem.  But make a statement about drunk driving, and off with  your head.

John McCain:  The Arizona U.S. Senator and former Republican Presidential nominee said that illegal aliens probably started some of the wildfires now raging in Eastern Arizona.  The open borders crowd, a number of liberals, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, and so many others are outraged–OUTRAGED!  It’s absurd.  I’m glad McCain is sticking to his guns and not apologizing.  We know that illegal aliens cross the border, trash the land and don’t care what they do and what kind of havoc they wreak on American citizens and their property.  They start fires by cooking meals, etc., and leaving those fires to burn.  And officials from the U.S. Forest Service have previously blamed illegal aliens for some of these fires, including in testimony before Congress.  It’s hardly a stretch for McCain to say so.  It’s interesting that an open borders/amnesty advocate, McCain, is finding himself on the same side as the rest of us with this issue.  You simply can’t tell the truth about illegal aliens, or  you are somehow a racist bigot.

Tracy Morgan:  The guy is a comedian.  He said, in a stand up routine, that if he found out his son was gay, he would “pull out a knife and stab him.”  Any father who would say such a thing about his own kid is a moron and a jerk.  But, again, even though it wasn’t funny, the guy is a comedian, and as a dad, that’s how he feels (and I’m sure he’s not the only one).  He’s apologized . . . and apologized . . . and apologized.  His Apology World Tour continued this wek in Nashville.  When will it be enough?   I find it interesting that no one made Chris Rock apologize when he made similar comments about what he and his friends would do to the House Impeachment managers during the Bill Clinton Impeachment.  If only Tracy Morgan converted to Islam, then he’d get away with this.  We know that Muslims and Islam punish homosexuality with death and that they do so on a regular basis.  And yet there is never an outcry from gays about Muslims, only about Tracy Morgan, a comedian.  Apparently words are more offensive than actual violent deeds against gays. If a Muslim said he’d stab his gay son, we would be urged to be tolerant about the religious mores of others that are different than our own.  It’s the same with–as I’ve noted on this site before–the gays in California attacking Mormon churches and ignoring mosques regarding their support for Proposition 8 and its ban on gay marriage.

The bottom line is that we’ve become such a weak nation that you simply cannot tell the truth in America anymore.  Not if  you want to keep your Facebook page, not if you want to keep your acting job.  And so on.  It’s absurd.  But that’s where we’re at.  We’re a nation in which Kim Kardashian is admired and still has her Facebook page because she made a porn tape with a rap star and is a serial slut.  Yet, you lose your Facebook page if say, “Friends don’t let Jackasses drive drunk?”  Huh?

Rogert Ebert, John McCain, and Tracy Morgan learned the hard way. You can’t tell the truth in America anymore, because you might offend illegal aliens, drunk drivers, and gay activists who want to parent your son and direct your stand-up comedy routine. What’s wrong with this country?

I just want to know:  if Mark Zuckerberg was around back in the day, would Patrick Henry lose his Facebook page and have to apologize for saying, “But as for me, give me liberty or give me death?” Don’t bet against it.

After all, that’s insensitive, and advocates murder for those who supported Britain.  Truly tasteless that he said this, right?

Time for the self-appointed thought police to take up arms.

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23 Responses

Let’s not forget Neil Bortz. His comments last week about crime in Atlanta were not so much racist as they were about thugs. The fact that pretty much all of the crimes he was commenting on are committed by a certain demographic are besides the point.

Jay Caplan on June 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Funny how Tracy Morgan didn’t defend his comments with the old cliche of “But it’s only art”. Guess it doesn’t work with the so called “art crowd” bunch…..

Gino on June 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm

“The outrage–the shrill faux-outrage–over these three people telling the truth (and in two out of three cases, the largely benign truth) is a plague that’s taking over Western civilization”

Brilliant summary.

DS_ROCKS! on June 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

But what is truth?
Is truth unchanging law?
We both have truths,
Is mine the same as yours?

So it should not be “telling the truth” because everyone has his own truth, and BTW we do not have Ryan Dunn’s autopsy results yet, so we do not know the truth. But people should not get sacked for telling their opinions. Juan Williams, Larry Grand, Octavia Nasr and Helen Thomas, they all expressed their opinions and got sacked.

Begletz on June 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Thou Shalt Not Offend!

Debbie can say it on here cuz she doesn’t have to answer to a boss. Otherwise she’d be forced to apologize ad nauseum.

The things you can’t say in America with outraged people trying to shut you down.

That’s the biggest, politically incorrect offense in this country today: to rub someone the wrong way when you exercise your First Amendment free speech rights!

NormanF on June 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I do agree with his statement but I am completely surprised when Senator Lettuce had said such a thing due to his pro-amnesty stance. I guess the RINO thinks/believes the people have forgotten who he really is.

pats on June 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Wow, that may be the least retarded thing that McCain has said in the last 2 years. He will just not shut up or go away. He would have been just as big of a disaster if not more so than Hussein Obama.

Pauley D on June 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

John McCain who?

Is that guy still around (grin)?

Can someone show him where the dementia ward is and get him out of our business, get him to leave us alone?

Now he is teaming up with John F’in Kerry.


What a loser who is treated as a winner.

The fact that there are people who keep reelecting the likes of McCain and Kerry speaks volumes to the low morals, lousy values, if they even have any, crappy mores, and terrible judgement of voters who support these types of people.

John McCain, please disappear. Your support of illegals, and other nonsense you push, is detrimental, dangerous, and offensive.

William on June 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

There’s another incident that was not widely covered involving YIISA, Yale’s institute for the study of anti-Semitism founded five or six years ago. A year or so ago, they held a conference of scholars in which contemporary anti-Semitism prevalent in the Arab and Muslim world was a major topic. That cause the usual outrage among the PC crowd, Islamic groups, plus threats of boycott from the likes of Iran. Yale folded and, a few weeks ago, announced that YIISA would be shut down.

Lots of folks were outraged over the pending shutdown. Yale subsequently announced that a *new* institute would be formed (without the involvement of YIISA’s former head) and with a new focus on *historic* – not contemporary – anti-Semitism. Presumably, they’ll focus on European and Christian anti-Semitism, but heaven help them if they bring someone like Andrew Bostom on board to talk about historic anti-Semitism under Islam.

Raymond in DC on June 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I agree with everything you said, Debbie — except for the final quote by Patrick Henry. When he said “give me liberty or give me death,” he was NOT advocating “murder for those who supported Britain”! He was clearly saying “I’d rather die than have no liberty;” or, “you may as well kill me if you remove my freedom.”

LH: I know quite well what he meant. I was being sarcastic to show how stupid and ridiculous and “over-offended by everything” these people who want to silence everyone are. DS

Leigh Harrison on June 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Yes, the Truth is not allowed unless it fits within The Agenda of the left. Perhaps Ebert should retract his apology now that toxicology reports indicate that genius was doing 130 MPH while twice the legal limit for impairment. The sad thing is that instead of dying by himself, someone else had to go out with him. Typical DWI tragedy, where the innocent suffer. If you drink people, just dont drive. A cab ride is pretty darn cheap compared to your life.

The bigger point at stake is that political correctness has completely taken over our country to our detriment. We can not secure our borders, can not profile passengers attempting to board our flights, can not speak the obvious truth about current events, and the list of stupidity goes on and on.

Our founding fathers are grieved more and more very single day by the travesty that our country is becoming.

Silence! I kill you! on June 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Honestly, Ebert could have tweeted, don’t drink and drive, and Ryan Dunn killed someone by doing so without fuss. But making a wordplay on “Jackass” is what got to him. Within 24 hours of the death.

    That being said, I don’t feel too sorry for Ebert—he writes consistently anti-Israel reviews, and couldn’t find ANY anti-semitism in “The Passion.” He is, in short, an asshat of the first magnitude.

    Occam's Tool on June 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      I can’t really improve on what I said, except that it was good to see Ebert slammed like this. Worthless POS scumbag.

      Occam's Tool on November 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Didn’t Iranian President Ahmadinejad tell an audience at Columbia University that “homosexuality is not a problem” in Iran? What did the students think that meant?

Maybe Tracy Morgan should just have retracted his statement by saying: “Homosexuality wouldn’t be a problem for my son.”

There is NO Santa Claus on June 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm

You people need to stop running down John McCain, who is obviously in the early stages of dementia.

Dr Dale on June 22, 2011 at 8:09 pm

This guy crashing his car while wasted is a lesson and anyone drawing attention to it is fine with me.

samurai on June 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm

The latest from Yahoo news:

Ryan Dunn, a co-star of the hit “Jackass” movies, had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when his speeding Porsche careened off a highway, killing him and a passenger, police said Wednesday.


Gee, what a surprise.

Mike on June 22, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    People feel the need to defend human stupidity and as much as I disagree with Roger Ebert’s liberal views, he’s right on this one. Personal responsibility isn’t a political matter; its a matter of right and wrong. But you should be allowed to kill yourself so I can hear Dr. Death having the last laugh in this fake hullabaloo over a loser moron who fit the movies he starred in!

    NormanF on June 23, 2011 at 7:39 am

Having a proverbial thick skin was a necessity for man’s evolution.

If this generation of humans were dropped into the Stone Age, we would’ve been extinct.

Just saying, eh?

The Reverend Jacques on June 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

If people are outraged that Mark Zuckerberg personally kills the animals he eats, would his page get suspended? Or does he not have one himself?

Infidel Pride on June 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I pretty much call ’em’ like I see ’em. If the thought police don’t like what I have to say, tough sh*t. If you think that I’m a bigot or a racist, so be it.

Scott on June 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Remember a few years back when someone got fired for using the term “niggardly” to refer to extremely tight finances? The overly-offended crowd screamed “RACIST!!!!” and he lost his job, and his reputation.

The words have completely different roots. They just sound similar. Like lead and led, they don’t have anything in common except the sound. Completely different meanings. But it can cost a career.

I support Ebert – I have family who died because of a drunken jackass behind the wheel.

Michelle on June 24, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Some advice when it comes to apologies:

“It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.” ~P.G. Wodehouse, The Man Upstairs

“Apologizing – a very desperate habit – one that is rarely cured. Apology is only egotism wrong side out.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Professor at the Breakfast-Table

“An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be.” Quote by – Baroness Orczy

“Never apologize and never explain – it’s a sign of weakness.” Quote by – John Wayne

Ain't Apologizing For This Post on June 24, 2011 at 11:03 pm

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