Everyone can see what's going on
They laugh 'cause they know they're untouchable
Not because what I said was wrong - The Emperor's New Clothes, Sinéad O'Conner (1990)
America destroys those who tell the truth and elevates despicable lying con-artists to positions of power and respect.
I had not thought of Sinéad O'Conner for many years until one day while on Patrol a Missing/Endangered alert came out for her. Her passing this month marks the end of a chapter in American life prior to the non-stop deluge of "outrages" rightwingers invent and propagate via social media.
Sinéad is mostly remembered for tearing up a picture of Pope John Paul II on SNL in 1992 to the stunned silence of the crowd. This ended her popular career from 1990-1992, with the release of her album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, which had skyrocketed to #1 throughout the world and sold 7,000,000 copies, although thankfully she got to continue making music and receiving support from good people like Kris Kristofferson.
Nothing Compares 2 U received such outside overplay on MTV ( I think coupled with the gross white male gaze which reduced her to an exotic Irish lust object) blunted her musical thrust which was aggressive girl punk which in a few years would usher in the Lilith Fair Era of female music artists of the 1990s.
Sinéad O'Conner suffered from that particular sin in America; being Right. This sin is still used to punish people up to this day; most often women. For example the (Dixie) Chicks in 2003, Hillary Clinton from 1992-2016, and the visceral harassment of Anita Sarkeesian, during the toxic misogynist GamerGate nonsense in 2014.
Loud obnoxious American conservatives do not want the Truth and never have. What they want are lies which make them feel good, strong, proud, tough, and big-dicked. MAGA... for short hand.
Many rightwing grifters have seized upon this and that whole cadre of on-line propagandists who talk about all manner of subjects of which they have no experience or understanding. But, they know how to get that loud vocal wannabe domestic terrorist audience's ardor up. And it's by telling the Lies; about Migrants, about LGBTQ persons, about crime, about the movie Barbie...
And that brings up wannabe religious Mullah Matt Walsh. This is the grossest big name right-winger to get a lot of money and press coverage lately. If you watch his old videos, before he had the full beard, his unshaven fedora wearing, latte drinking, diatribes in his car outside schools are creepier than fuck, especially as he talks about age of consent. But, then he hit upon his What is a Woman? socratic dialogue and accusations that every LGBTQ person is a "groomer". And Youtube algorithms fucking love to add his ad to my feed no matter how many times I tell them the ad is inappropriate. Walsh has a bevy of White Knights who descend on any social media platform and attack GamerGate style anyone who disagrees with Walsh and his tactic and then proceed to proclaim Matt Walsh destroys this lib or that lib in order to boost the clicks and increase the chances the algorithm continues to pump out Matt Walsh's bilge.
But, Walsh is a very sick individual. He's taking to selling Matt Walsh plush dolls in a diaper on his site and I can't help but wonder if all those Accusations of perversion aren't in fact confessions of his own predilections.
But, Matt Walsh isn't the cause he's a symptom of the bigger problem, which is Fascism is here and it's fully captured a large segment of the America Right. And worse yet as rightwingers get more and more comfortable with threatening violence they won't stop with LGBTQ "groomers" but, will simply expand the definition of groomer they way they did with "Terrorists" to incorporate everyone they hate. And given enough political backing and cover the rightwing paramilitary violence and Republican state-sanctioned death camps will closely follow.
So be a Sinéad O'Conner but, understand the American conservative movement is coming closer to outright violence and they will not spare you for being Right.