This #TakeUsDown Movement Started By White Guys To Poke Fun At White Privilege Is Really Not Our Best Look
Vocativ- A new Twitter campaign takes aim at the idea that white men are oppressive and privileged. Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes, who left the company in 2007, launched the campaign last week which uses the hashtag #TakeUsDown and features dozens of pictures of white men—and even babies and boys—lying face down on the ground. The images are captioned with statements that are jokingly self-shaming for white privilege and “transgressions.”
The hashtag made its way to white power forums, where users applauded the effort and added their own variations, including #AwayWithUs, #WeWhitesDeserveToDie, #BlacksKillUsNow, and #WeWillHangOurselvesForBlacks. Another user described the hashtag as “funny, fair and actually brilliant.”
McInnes has a history of making inflammatory statements. He blamed women for the gender pay gap, and said two years ago that feminism has made women “less happy.” After writing an article titled “Transphobia is Perfectly Natural” in Thought Catalog last year, he was placed on indefinite leave from his position as Chief Creative Officer at the Rooster advertising agency.
Okay, can we all agree to look past the fact that Gavin McInnes, and whoever he convinced to lay on the ground like an asshole along with him, is poking fun at something that absolutely exists? I am not saying it is each and every white man's fault that we are more often than not granted the benefit of the doubt. However, it is a phenomenon that is prevalent in society. Hey Gavin, maybe, just maybe, we could be better 'winners' for once. Especially since the advantages we get from being white males are based on no merit of our own whatsoever.
I think the bigger takeaway here is how goddamn uncreative white dudes are. We can't dress cool. We can't dance cool. Now we can't even fucking hashtag advocate cool? I wasn't a huge fan of twitter campaigns as is, but taking it to these lengths makes it completely unbearable. That's the best we can come up with? Laying face first on the ground? Jesus Christ, we do deserve to be taken down. We aren't even trying to stay on top anymore. All this time watching groups that are actually marginalized come up with innovative ways to get their message out and we didn't learn a damn thing. Be careful what you wish for guys. Gay marriage is legal. Confederate flags are coming down by the dozen. Soon a bunch of racist white bigots while be the oppressed minority group. Can guarantee you that you won't want to take that one lying down. With the success of the feminism movement and the acceptance of transgenders, I would caution Gavin to tread lightly. He doesn't exactly have the best track record right now. You can't get taken down much lower than 0-2.