What is it about Republicans like Charlie Kirk and how much they love virtue signal about the dumbest things? Most people seemed to enjoy the Super Bowl halftime show, a celebration of classic hip-hop that included some social commentary. It was the first time that hip-hop occupied the central focus of the show, something pretty overdue considering the relevance and staying power of the genre in mainstream music and included some of its biggest stars throughout the past few decades like Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and 50 Cent.
At any time that pop culture centers on Black artists or Black culture, conservatives lost their minds. Former Trump administration Press Secretary and propagandist Sean Spicer provoked widespread ridicule when tweeting, “Dear @NFL / @pepsi, What was the message of the #HalfTimeShow?”
While Spicer definitely seemed triggered by the musical performance, no conservative had a more unhinged and idiotic reaction to the Super Bowl halftime show than Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, who tweeted the following free association:
“The NFL is now the league of sexual anarchy. This halftime show should not be allowed on television.”
Considering the performance was not heavy on sexuality, people on social media took note of how strange it was that Charlie seemed to be publicly repressing his own sexual arousal and frustrations through a massive social media platform.
Others noted that for someone who is constantly whining about cancel culture, he now seemed to be advocating censoring Black artists because of his own puritanical self-righteousness.
Another virtue signal for the ages from Charlie Kirk spilled out when he recently tweeted, “I stand with Joe Rogan. He did nothing wrong.” I guess when it comes to pushing racist speech (for which even Rogan himself apologized) and politically convenient vaccine misinformation to his supporters, free speech is important but if it’s an innocuous musical performance with some slight social commentary from Black artists, we need the censorship police to exercise their cancel culture powers to ban it from our televisions.
The incredibly weird sexual anarchy virtue signal was even derided by confused conservatives who found it too stupid and weird to defend. Even Piers Morgan, the Trump sympathizing British host, called Charlie Kirk a Grandpa and told him to go to bed for his boomer-like comments.
Charlie Kirk’s usual partner in crime when it comes to feeding reactionary and intolerant politics to young people, Candace Owens, seemed to actually enjoy the Super Bowl halftime show. However, when she tweeted, “This is an excellent Super Bowl halftime performance. Undeniable hip-hop and R&B excellence,” she was instantly flooded by her disappointed conservative fans who chastised her for enjoying the show. I guess Owens just wasn’t on the Daily Wire‘s payroll for Super Bowl Sunday.
Na candice, this shit sucks. Just cuz you like the music doesnt mean it was good lolololo
— Jota (@Papi_eth) February 14, 2022
People quickly pointed out that the same conservatives who defend her when she serves as a mouthpiece for Republican bigotry and racism quickly turned on her for just tweeting a statement expressing joy in watching a few Black artists perform for fifteen minutes. It’s truly sad.
Conservatives love cancel culture.
Republicans quickly move to cancel whenever it means censoring artists and ideas they dislike.
Whatever the case, Charlie Kirk is a 28-year old, sexually repressed weirdo who really needs to lighten up.
This is the state of our politics, full of grifters like Charlie Kirk who make their money trafficking in clickbait outrage to stoke division and hatred no matter the circumstances. Even a Super Bowl performance with some of the most mainstream artists of the last few decades is something now used by Republicans to virtue signal in the name of dividing Americans and riling people up against each other.
Thomas Kennedy is an elected Democratic National Committee member representing Florida.
This is an opinion column.
is a former reported opinion columnist and roving correspondent. He's an elected member of the Democratic National Committee from Florida and a fomer Director of Sunshine Agenda Inc. a government transparency nonprofit organization.