Archive for the ‘apology’ Category

Going Whole Hogg

April 3, 2018

It has always been said that “power corrupts” and one need only look at David Hoggs to see the validity of that axiom. With the help of an agenda-driven media, Mr. Hogg transformed quickly from a student “activist” into an angry, self-righteous firebrand demanding the world change to fit his views.

His experience of surviving the Stone Douglas High School shooting qualified him in the media’s eyes to be held up as an authority on gun-control issues and because he is so young he has also been granted immunity from criticism. The media has, of course, shunned fellow students who do not agree with his agenda. Hogg has now become convinced of his infallibility and is wielding his power with fist-pumping speeches filled with revolutionary rhetoric that will result in the sale of t-shirts bearing his image.

Mr. Hogg lashed out at Laura Ingram for daring to criticize him and then brazenly called for (demanded?) a boycott of Ingram’s show. Several advertisers acquiesced to the bully tactic, forcing Ingram to apologize – an apology Hogg quickly rejected. He also had the ego-driven audacity to refuse going to the White House to talk with president Trump, saying that the president should come to him if he wanted to talk. His arrogance is expanding with media coverage.

Eighteen-year-old David Hogg has now attacked or blamed president Trump, Governor Rick Scott, Senator Marco Rubio, Laura Ingram, Senator John McCain, and the NRA, all targets approved by the progressive agenda. He has placed no blame on his high school’s policy of not relaying information to police about troubled students, a policy that allowed shooter Nikolas Cruz to avoid a criminal record and pass a background check to purchase the weapon for the murders – a policy that could have prevented the massacre.

Some may sympathize and say the media is using David Hogg like a puppet but that is not the whole picture. He is a Teenlink reporter for Broward County’s Sun Sentinel who transferred to Stone Douglas High School because of the television production classes offered, so he has been actively engaged in pursuing a career in the media. This, then, looks much like a career move for Mr. Hogg which begs the question: Who’s using who?

High school students are now encouraged to go “whole Hogg” with walkout protests and it is not hard to imagine how quickly this could get out-of-hand. Progressive educators will certainly be selective concerning approval of the issues being protested but they will gleefully allow walkouts. They will be considered college preparation and credits will be earned with each walkout.

David J. Hentosh

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Shove Your Apology

June 24, 2017

Johnny Depp, the latest idiot celebrity to spew stupid political vehemence, has offered an apology for publicly insinuating that it’s time again for an actor to assassinate a president. He can shove that apology you-know-where.

Following in the footsteps of so many other dumb Hollywood celebrities, Depp offered his asinine political opinion as if he actually knew what he was talking about. He doesn’t. He let the adoration of a crowd of fans deceive him into believing that they need to hear his political views because…well…because he’s a celebrity and everything he does or says is profound.

Finding that advocating the assassination of the president is not acceptable to those outside his bubble, he tried to walk it back with a lame apology. That falls as flat as Kathy Griffin’s semi-apology for proudly holding up a decapitated head of president Trump. Both tried to pass ignorant behavior off as a joke but with so many left-wing fanatics crossing the line into violence, there is no humor to be found.

There have been far too many self-righteous celebrities shooting off their mouths, crossing lines of civility, and then apologizing when they find it damaging to their image. There have also been far too many accepting those apologies, allowing them to get away with it. They need to be held accountable.

Sincerity is an essential element of an apology and there has been very little sincerity in apologies from celebrities crossing the line of decency. There has only been fear for their careers. Depp should shove his apology and silently suffer the consequences. Acting brought him fame and money but acting like an idiot only brings loathing and embarrassment.

David J. Hentosh