Photographs by Luke Dray, via the Guardian, fair use.
It suits that Boris Johnson has lately been depicted with a bicycle helmet and steely determination: A childhood example of toxic masculinity is a game of “chicken,” in which two boys ride bicycles on a collision course towards each other as fast as they go. The first to turn aside is “chicken,” and this stupidest of stupid games seems to be Johnson’s approach toward Brexit.
In any event, the European Union has repeatedly made clear they aren’t playing, saying they’re done negotiating. So Johnson would ride his bicycle (Britain) the wrong way up a freeway off-ramp and straight into traffic. But gee, he isn’t “chicken.”
Michael Savage, Jamie Doward, and Toby Helm, “Stop Boris campaign launched by Tory moderates opposed to no-deal Brexit,” Guardian, May 25, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/25/moderate-tories-launch-stop-boris-johnson-campaign
Andrew Rawnsley, “What makes the Tories think that anyone must be better than Mrs May?” Guardian, May 26, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/26/what-makes-tories-think-anyone-must-be-better-than-theresa-may
It’s called defamation. But Facebook will not take down a video manipulated to make Nancy Pelosi appear drunk.
Brian Fung, “Why it took Facebook so long to act against the doctored Pelosi video,” CNN, May 25, 2019, https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/25/politics/facebook-pelosi-video-factchecking/index.html
It would be a new axis: Donald Trump, Boris Johnson or Nigel Farage, and Binyamin Netanyahu. And I suppose all this is “anti-Semitic” as well—it is about corrupt Jews and money, after all, thus a trope, to criticize the Jewish government of a self-proclaimed “Jewish state.”
Raoul Wootliff, “Not just Netanyahu: The other 4 lawmakers who may need immunity from prosecution,” Times of Israel, May 22, 2019, https://www.timesofisrael.com/not-just-netanyahu-the-other-4-lawmakers-who-may-need-immunity-from-prosecution/
Jacob Magid, “Bid to stifle court akin to those of pre-Nazi Germany, 98 retired judges say,” Times of Israel, May 23, 2019, https://www.timesofisrael.com/bid-to-stifle-court-akin-to-those-of-pre-nazi-germany-98-retired-judges-say/
Bryan Clark, “No, Night Owls Aren’t Doomed to Die Early,” New York Times, May 23, 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/smarter-living/no-night-owls-arent-doomed-to-die-early.html
- Andrew Rawnsley, “What makes the Tories think that anyone must be better than Mrs May?” Guardian, May 26, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/26/what-makes-tories-think-anyone-must-be-better-than-theresa-may; Michael Savage, Jamie Doward, and Toby Helm, “Stop Boris campaign launched by Tory moderates opposed to no-deal Brexit,” Guardian, May 25, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/25/moderate-tories-launch-stop-boris-johnson-campaign↩
- Brian Fung, “Why it took Facebook so long to act against the doctored Pelosi video,” CNN, May 25, 2019, https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/25/politics/facebook-pelosi-video-factchecking/index.html↩