A Bully Pretends To Be Offended Whilst She Berates A Taxi Driver

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.

Candice Holdsworth

Candice Holdsworth is the founder and editor of Imagine Athena. It is mythologised that she sprang fully formed from its pages. Candice has an MSc in Political Philosophy from the London School of Economics, and thus can be most commonly found discussing ideas and culture. Her writing can also be found on Thought Leader and On Netflix Now. Follow her on Twitter @CandiceCarrie and Instagram @candicecholdsworth