Watch your back, Wesley Crusher! There’s a new “articulate and smart” teenager gunning for your spotlight.
Maybe “gunning” isn’t the right verb to use here.
Oh, well. It fits.
@CNN Guest: The @NRA is 'Basically Killing Kids', 'Toxic', 'Vile' – During an appearance on CNN’s Wolf Wednesday, Stoneman Douglas High School student Alfonso Calderon accused the National Rifle Association of “killing kids” and painted them with the … https://t.co/DcgjawwIlO
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) February 28, 2018
If I had to sum high school kids in three words, those three words would be “Look at me!”
Actually “Look at me! Look at me! LOOK AT ME!!!” is probably more accurate. But that’s nine words.
The morning after the Parkland mass murder, in my post Want to stop mass murder? Stop covering them like the Olympics!, I wrote:
“Imagine being a murderer-in-the-making and seeing all this – or worse that horrible image from Fox News of the killer’s face over sobbing students.
“Yes, you too can have your face splashed across websites, social media, and television. You too can be famous. All you have to do is act on those murderous impulses that are eating away at you as you sit in your bedroom fantasizing.”
Well, the truth is, every teenager is like that.
No, not the mass murderer-in-the-making part. But the “I want to get that same kind of attention” part.
It’s how children are. Nothing against children. But they are self-centered, ego-centric, immature little people who want nothing more than for you to “Look at me!!!!”
That’s why teenagers who go to the mall act like idiots. They talk too loud; they act out. And they do everything humanly possible to draw attention to themselves.
So if one teenage boy is getting on every single cable news program, and is invited to LA to be on Bill Maher’s potty-mouth show, you can expect that other teenagers are going to want in on that fame and celebrity.
And if Wesley Crusher gets all this attention for attacking the NRA, well, then other students are going to crawl out of the woodwork and attack the NRA just so Wolf Blitzer will interview them too.
Of course the idiots at CNN are happy to oblige. After all, pimping out children to push the anti-gun agenda suits their purposes.
And what kid wouldn’t want the media spotlight shining on him?
I mean he’s languishing on Twitter with two hundred followers. Nobody is looking his way.
But go on CNN and accuse the NRA of being child killers, and suddenly, you have more Twitter followers than Dana Loesch! And even better, idiot “journalists” are willing to write articles about how many more Twitter followers you have.
— CNN (@CNN) February 27, 2018
And for a subset of society for which “Look at me!!!” is your driving motivation?
Well, honey, that’s currency!
This is like teenagers who stand behind live on-the-scene reporters making faces at the camera. But with one difference. The reporters are happily handing the microphone and spotlight over to them.
Imagine if the teenagers who got all the on-air time were advocating for the repeal of the Gun Free School Zones Act while praising the efforts of the NRA to get every state to comply with reporting to NICS.
Then that is what teens would be clamoring to say on camera.
They’re not policy experts, you guys.
They’re children who are motivated by “Look at me!!! Look at me!!!! LOOK AT ME!!!!”
Now, I don’t blame the kids. Why should I? This is just how children act.
Instead, I blame the assholes in the news media who are exploiting these kids’ need for attention. And I blame the adults on Twitter who act like gushing stage mothers enchanted by every idiotic word that comes burping out of their mouths.
This kid, Alfonso Calderon, is remarkably sharp. Eloquent, educated on the complexity of the issues at hand, polite, driven and on point. Lead the charge my man. Incremental progress matters…we all agree. #NeverAgain #Inspired #GunReformNow #VoteThemOut https://t.co/lsmyq02h9C
— Save Our Children (@NRA_Resistance) March 1, 2018
They’re the ones who are feeding the beast.
Let’s be honest, it doesn’t make it any less exploitative that the kids are willing to be exploited. Of course they are. After all, they’re motivated by “Look at me! Look at me!!! LOOK AT ME!!!!”
But the adults who should know better keep adding fuel to the fire.
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