On Wednesday, CT published an article by Beth Felker Jones claiming that Barbie and Swift’s recent successes “showcase a deeper desire for community and collective joy.” “These cultural artifacts draw on the ambiguities of the female experience, celebrating the feminine while honestly addressing the difficulties of being a woman in a male-oriented world,” Jones wrote. A day later, an article by Hannah Anderson — headlined “Oliver Anthony’s Viral Hit Doesn’t Love Its Neighbors” — attacked the song for being “disdainful towards people on welfare.” Anderson is either completely disingenuous or wholly illiterate in her criticism of the country hit. Anthony, who opened a concert Sunday with a Bible reading — Psalm 37:12-20 — sang about the sad state of the American worker caused by the rampant corruption and overreach of bloated government bureaucrats. The song doesn’t judge people who are truly needy. The only reference to welfare in Anthony’s song is to gluttonous people abusing government assistance. “And the obese milkin’ welfare, well, God, if you’re 5-foot-3 and you’re 300 pounds, taxes ought not to pay for your bags of fudge rounds,” Anthony sings in “Rich Men.” While CT was quick to attack Anthony for having a normal disdain for sinful gluttony and sloth, the same outlet was thrilled to laud “Barbie” and Taylor Swift as positive cultural icons. Swift came out in support of the abominable, Nancy Pelosi-sponsored LGBT “Equality Act” during her 2019 MTV Video Music Awards speech. [firefly_poll] The deceptively named legislation pushed by President Joe Biden was approved by the House of Representatives in February 2021 but didn’t get through the Senate. The bill not only would pressure businesses to pander to gender identity politics in the name of fighting “discrimination,” but it also would provide for the potential for American parents to lose custody of their children if they attempt to prevent them from obtaining “gender transition” surgeries. Swift proudly cast as many morally degenerate icons as possible in her 2019 music video “You Need to Calm Down,” including Ellen DeGeneres, RuPaul and trans actor Laverne Cox. The music video concludes with a statement asking viewers to support the dangerous legislation. Swift also released the song “Lavender Haze” in October 2022 and proudly cast trans model Laith Ashley as her love interest in the music video.
These are both real. pic.twitter.com/oFEXdkhajj— Eric Teetsel (@EricTeetsel) August 17, 2023
Jones’ CT article also praised the “Barbie” movie, which stars Margot Robbie, painting in a positive light a film that includes a scene involving a male doctor character cross-dressing as a female Barbie doll. The movie also has clear anti-male and anti-family themes. Christianity Today continued to move away from its proud legacy with a piece on Aug. 10 that appeared to justify recent Ohio legislation that would have made it more difficult to outlaw abortion in the state. Sadly, it seems CT has decayed into a group of cultural Marxists who only use the Bible when they feel a verse can be twisted to support left-leaning virtue signaling or to attack Christians. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
The Lavender Haze video is out now. There is lots of lavender. There is lots of haze. There is my incredible costar @laith_ashley who I absolutely adored working with.https://t.co/auFTSVBP0A pic.twitter.com/RXWPuKvkxK— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 27, 2023