At the beginning of last week, liberal author and commentator Reza Aslan was cut the heart by the anti-”toxic masculinity” ad by Gillette depicting the average male as a sexist bully. By the end of the week, he was suggesting that a teen wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat should have his face punched in.
If you’re seeing a disconnect there, you’re not the only one.
“I’m not going to lie. This made me cry,” Aslan wrote in response to the controversial Gillette commercial, which preached against bad behavior in men but did it in such a heavy-handed, stereotyping way that it came across as anti-masculinity in general.
But he had a very different response to a poorly reported-on incident involving a high school boy wearing a MAGA hat and a Native American activist.
Outrage flooded across social media after a video went viral of what happened after a pro-life March for Life rally and Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C. The person filming the incident showed a brief moment as a group of Covington Catholic High School boys — some wearing MAGA hats — chanted their school slogan while surrounding a Native American elder. One particular boy stands just inches away from the elder with a smirk on his face.
The school boys, especially the smirking one, were denounced far and wide on social media before new details about the encountered emerged.
“Name these kids. I want NAMES. Shame them. If you think these [expletives] wouldn’t dox [leak your personal information] you in a heartbeat, think again,” liberal comedian Kathy Griffin wrote on Twitter, even though the boys are minors.
“Names please,” she begged her Twitter followers. “And stories from people who can identify them and vouch for their identity. Thank you.”
Even Griffin failed to be as creepy and grotesque as Jack Morrissey, the co-producer of the “Beauty in the Beast” remake, who reportedly joked about killing the school boys in a gruesome way.
On a protected Twitter account, Morrissey wrote “#MAGAkids go screaming, hats first, into the woodchipper” along with a bloody “Fargo” movie poster.
Aslan, to his credit, came across as a little bit less homicidal when he tweeted, “Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?”
Now some truth about the confusing incident between the MAGA teens and the Native American is coming out, and it’s painting a very different picture, according to CNN.
A new video shows a number of black men from the anti-semitic Hebrew Israelites group shouting racist and anti-gay slurs at the white Catholic boys, their black classmates, the Native Americans that participated in the march, and other people in the area.
Amidst the resulting chaos, a woman confronts the Hebrew Israelites and suggests they focus their anger on the Catholic boys, which they do. The boys responded by shouting their school spirit chant to drown out the racist slurs.
The Native American elder, Nathan Phillips, responded by chanting and pounding a drum. Nick Sandmann, the smirking high school boy who has become the center point of the outrage, says he responded by standing there and saying nothing because he didn’t want to participate in the chant and didn’t know what to do next.
"I was not intentionally making faces at the protester. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation,” Sandmann told CNN. “I am a faithful Christian and practicing Catholic, and I always try to live up to the ideals my faith teaches me — to remain respectful of others, and to take no action that would lead to conflict or violence."
But, sadly, since the video went viral, Sandmann says he and his family have been receiving death threats by people upset at him for being so “hateful.”
"I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults,” he told ABC News reports. “One person threatened to harm me at school, and one person claims to live in my neighborhood. My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue.”
Aslan refused to apologize for his punching threat after “The View” co-host Meghan McCain urged him to do so.