Dan Savage on Netflix’s ‘Chelsea’: “I Don’t Suppose We Are the Best Nation.”

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The most recent episode of Netflix’s Chelsea aired October 27th and it was fairly a glance into the liberal thoughts. In “Dinner Social gathering: My American Expertise”, Chelsea Handler makes use of an occasional format – that of a poolside banquet at her residence. Often the friends are 4 liberals and one token conservative. This one shouldn’t be completely different.

This banquet’s friends embrace liberals Jennifer Garner, Regina King, Mary McCormack and Dan Savage. Rob Riggle was the conservative. All expound about their concepts of the American Expertise – their values and beliefs had been entrance and middle. The largest takeaway for me is that liberals don’t even blink when one among their very own says, as Dan Savage did – “I don’t assume we’re the best nation.” He “doesn’t really feel patriotic” and blames his opinion on the truth that he grew up listening to about Watergate and the Martin Luther King, Jr. taking pictures and may be very cynical now. That’s odd – I, too, am sufficiently old to have discovered of those occasions in actual time and I do assume America is the best nation. He went on to say that “there are locations which can be higher than America” and he needs everybody would go stay in Europe for some time and expertise socialized medication as he did when he broke his leg. Hmm. Possibly he ought to inform that to somebody denied medical therapy as a consequence of age or weight or smoking as a consequence of funds constraints in England, for instance.

Savage additionally uttered the usual declare that blue states (he lives in Washington state) need individuals to vote “as a substitute of a pink state the place they’re stopping individuals voting.” I stay in a big pink state – Texas – and I’ve personally helped individuals in voter registration drives and pushed individuals to the polls, so, once more, I can simply dispute his liberal prattle. Additionally, Savage speaks of the significance of voting after which bragged about bribing his 18- year- previous son to vote. He advised him that in an effort to proceed dwelling at residence rent-free, he needed to vote. Wow. To make use of one other private expertise, I took my son with me to vote from the time he was born and took him into the voting sales space to point out him how one can vote. I imagine in main by instance, not threatening a teenager into voting.

One of the best counter to Savage’s far left drivel is from Rob Riggle. He served within the army for 23 years and believes everybody ought to serve America, in no matter capability doable. Savage mentioned “There’s loads of right-wing of us on the market who outline freedom as ravenous to dying in a ditch. As a left-winger, I outline freedom as freedom from need, starvation, homelessness. We have now Paul Ryan saying that he wats People to be free not to have the ability to afford well being care.” What? I assume I missed that press convention. Riggle mentioned, “I’m extra for the flexibility to stay the life I’m presupposed to stay. No matter which means.” Clearly that didn’t imply Savage’s concept of entitlement of cradle to grave authorities assist. Savage and Riggle have completely different concepts of non-public freedom.

Chelsea Handler admitted that she has by no means served jury responsibility and, it seems, doesn’t know the lyrics to our Nationwide Anthem. On the finish of the episode, the dinner friends start to sing the anthem, apart from Savage, and even stand and place their fingers over their hearts. Clearly, poor Chelsea wants prompts from her friends to sing alongside.

Christiane Amanpour is interviewed by Chelsea in London. Her interview is usually a lecture concerning the freedoms in America, which most individuals are conscious of already. She got here to America in 1980 as a university scholar. Throughout this time the Iranian revolution occurred. She talks about making Iranians our mates as a result of the vast majority of the inhabitants is below the age of 21. This younger inhabitants may be very “pro-Western, liberal, financial progressive values.” What? Liberals and progressives? In a theocracy? Didn’t the earlier administration give Iran all the pieces they need in a really dangerous nuclear deal? Additionally, she is none too completely satisfied about CNN being labeled faux information by President Trump. “You realize, it feels fairly dangerous, and it’s not a joke,” she says. Persevering with on, she says, “When the chief of america, the world’s solely superpower, begins to punch big holes in one of many most important pillars of democracy, which is a free and truthful and unbiased press—when that edifice begins to crumble…democracy begins to crumble. The well being of society begins to crumble.” She says with out belief in management, individuals have a dictator. Dictators deceive individuals and create propaganda. Dictators are “the skilled faux newsers.” Thanks, Christiane.

This episode is a real look into the cultural bubble of liberal America. It is usually fairly unhappy to listen to People – the freest individuals on the planet – admit their disdain for America. A minimum of they’re trustworthy about it.

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