This widely shared video confirms what I wrote last week about the Ellen Degeneres controversy.
I believe that much of the moral posturing and recreational offence-taking that we see over things such as “cultural appropriation”, “privilege”, etc. is really just about giving bullies something seemingly “virtuous” to hide behind.
In the video, a shrill, humourless woman recorded herself berating a Lyft driver – she had only just met – for a Hula bobble doll he had on the dashboard of his car. She accused him of “appropriating” Hawaiian culture and of being “an ignorant, privileged male”. Acting like a Soviet-era commissar she antagonised him up until the point of becoming very aggressive and agitated, calling him a “fucking selfish dumbass idiot”, at which point he summarily ejected her from his car.
Like a true cry-bully she acted as if she was the victim, rather than the aggressor. This is not serious political criticism. It is the juvenile politics of the playground.