So I was reading Popehat on my phone while returning from the wilds of the Surrey stockbroker belt yesterday and I found this post:
And this started me thinking. This Kevin Allred character. Well, he made death threats to Trump supporters but that's not exactly unusual and doesn't in and of itself make him a lolcow. But then I read about him being a professor of Beyoncé Studies, and followed his links, and read his Twitter, and I thought, yep, why isn't there a thread on the Farms about this character.
Kevin Allred isn't actually a professor, first of all, though his Twitter claims he is. He is, in fact, an adjunct lecturer (not sure what that is exactly, not ever having been involved with American academia) in Women's Studies (what else?) at Rutgers University. He designed a college course on Beyoncé Knowles, which can be read about here. It's taken him 6 years to design and produce this course and apparently Beyoncé is now a political figure because she did that performance where she gyrated around in front of the word "FEMINIST" in possibly the biggest virtue-signalling episode the world has ever seen. Apparently this was a profound political statement and she deserves to be eulogised as an important and seminal black feminist:
Really? I thought she just sang songs about being an independent woman who don't need no man and virtue-signalled a lot, but apparently "If he liked it then he shoulda put a ring on it" is profound, deep, and thought-provoking.The man himself said:Beyoncé Knowles is known as many things: singer, songwriter, actress, performer, designer, half of hip-hop and R&B’s most powerful couple, wife, mother. But, few take her seriously as a political figure (although this is changing recently due to Beyoncé's own insistence). This course attempts to think about our contemporary U.S. society and its current class, race, gender, and sexual politics through the music and career of Beyoncé. On the surface, she might deploy messages about race, gender, class, and sexuality that appear to coincide with certain stereotypical social norms; but during this course we will ask: how does she also challenge our very understanding of these categories? How does Beyoncé push the boundaries of these categories to make space for and embrace other perhaps more “deviant” bodies, desires, and/or politics? We will position Beyoncé as a progressive, feminist, and even queer icon through close examination of her music alongside readings on the history of black feminist struggle in the U.S. (all by black women/feminists themselves), both historical and contemporary. We will not read about Beyoncé; rather, these juxtapositions will put Beyoncé’s work in conversation with larger issues in an attempt to answer: can Beyoncé’s music be seen as a blueprint for progressive social change?
Oh dear. What a pseud.
So, he tweets about running Trump supporters off the road and advocates shooting them, is taken to a mental hospital for an evaluation, and then no sooner does he get out does he start reeeeeeing about how "Trump's crackdown on free speech has absolutely begun." And we know this is a crackdown on free speech because all the people who hourly make death threats to women, people of colour, women of colour, etc. don't get arrested, so clearly he's being singled out by Trump's jackbooted thugs. LOL JK, it's because he advocated murdering people for their political beliefs and someone in law enforcement found it to be a credible threat worthy of investigation.
Whoa, hold on, is... is that a MULLET?
Sorry. Slight digression there. Scrolling back through his twitter reveals a constant stream of chimpouts and shitlosing ever since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. Interrupted by a spaz attack at the prospect of Taylor Swift, calling her a "white devil." I mean, I know her music is pants, but that's a bit strong don't you think?
Anyhow, he tweets scores of times a day and describes his class on Beyoncé Studies as "we had a great conversation." He also reckons that his spergings about Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter Ruck Strappington Crappington De Billygoat Gruff or whatever her name is is more relevant than what other lecturers etc. teach because they all assume they have a right to be listened to.
The Independent (which used to be a fairly good British newspaper but is now an online only clickbait factory) claims that last year he caused a squawking match when he claimed that there was no such thing as a good white person, only less evil ones. He is, of course, as white as a sheet so I suspect he's been drinking the economy of privilege Kool Aid for ages and as such there's almost certainly vast amount of content going back some time. He also hosts a podcast called "Bey-Ond Popular Culture" which attempts to mix the music of Beyoncé with politics.
Beyoncé Studies: http://www.politicizingbeyonce.com/
I think I'll leave that there. I'll just post up one final tweet that I thought was highly amusing though, and rather sad and pathetic in his delusionality:
Which kinda sums this man up as an out and out virtue signaller.
Now for your turn!