Many thought that if the shooting at a GOP baseball practice had a silver lining, it would be that people would realize that we have to tone down the violent discourse. We can have our political disagreements, but we should never resort to violence as a way to settle them. The shooting served as a sobering reminder of that fact.
Of course, these days, the target of most of that violent rhetoric is President Trump and the GOP. Whether it’s a play depicting the stabbing death of Trump, or celebrity holding a decapitated head, the left has made clear it is not okay to disagree with them.
For a few days after the shooting, the consensus seemed to be that such violent rhetoric should end. However, in our contentious political climate, it didn’t take long for that uneasy truce to fall apart. Less than a week later, yet another celebrity has released a music video depicting violence against Trump.
From The Blaze:
Musician Moby released a video on Monday depicting President Donald Trump as a Hitler-like cartoon character bent on destroying the world as we know it.
The video for Moby’s song, “In This Cold Place,” features throwback cartoon characters of yesteryear like the Care Bears, Super Mario Bros., and Mickey Mouse, and at the end of the video, Trump is blown up by a fury of resistance fighters.
Moby said that he wanted to find a way to express his political views:
“As time has passed, I’ve wanted more and more for my work to somehow reflect my political concerns and my world views and issues that are important to me,” Moby told The Huffington Post about the song and video.
Of his video animator and illustrator, Steve Cutts, Moby said he pushed many boundaries and crossed hard lines.
Of course, there’s a way to express you political views without advocating for violence. However, Moby had no problem crossing that line:
“‘Oh, do you think we can get away with this?’” Moby revealed Cutts asked of the musician. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, why not, just make it, go as far you want.’”
Watch the full video:
Some may argue that the video was obviously in production well before the shooting. However, Moby was under no obligation to release it. He knew full well his video pushed boundaries, yet he was fine with that.
While celebrities certainly have the right to express themselves in this fashion, that doesn’t make it the right thing to do. With tensions so high, they have a platform to speak out against violence. But in the era of Trump, it seems as if anything goes.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]