The campaign for sanity, reality and common sense welcomed two significant boosters only a few hours apart this past Friday.
First, Twitter’s Elon Musk overrode his own company’s cancellation of Matt Walsh’s “What is a Woman?” documentary, tweeting out a link to the show and stating, “Every parent should watch this.”
Second, SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly delivered a blistering repudiation of trans indoctrination by declaring that it’s “beyond time to stand up to the trans lobby that means to deprive women of their spaces and right.”
Many social and Christian conservatives have been warning about this cultural tsunami of the war on common sense flooding schools, sporting programs and countless other institutions. Advocates have been mocked and maligned, labeled bigots and banned from all of the major social media sites – all for speaking truth and denouncing lies.
So, is the tide finally turning?
It’s far too early to tell, and given all of the institutions seized by radicals determined to upend cultural norms, it’s going to take more than one or two waves to shift the sea.
But it’s still heartening, significant – and instructive.
Musk, the founder, CEO and chief engineer of SpaceX and Tesla, as well as the owner of Twitter, carries a big and influential stick. Since its promotion of the film on Friday, “What is a Woman?” has been viewed more than 170 million times. It’s now one of the most successful documentaries of all-time.
Keep in mind, this is no entertaining film – instead it shows the damage done to individuals and families, as well as the wider culture, when you ignore truth and reality.
Megyn Kelly championed the project, too, saying “This film is amazing, enlightening, important and brave.”
Given the contagiousness of courage, perhaps it was some of Walsh’s bravery and Musk’s bluntness that led Kelly to devote the first fifteen minutes of her program on Friday to the trans issue.
The former Fox host acknowledged that she initially fell for the lies of the trans movement:
“I was an early proponent of using preferred pronouns as far back as the early 2000’s,” she said. “Of saying ‘she’ when I knew the truth was ‘he.’ It seemed harmless and I had no wish to cause offense … I went along with it. I wanted to be supportive of those who were suffering. I would use this more evolved language. I didn’t see the harm.”
But now she does, seeing the use of pronouns as “a gateway drug” – and Kelly vows to use her voice and platform to oppose the madness.
Both Musk and Kelly command sizable audiences and sway in secular media. They’re taking these positions not only because they can – but because they want to, and because they’re willing to sacrifice their reputation on behalf of reality.
They should be commended – and convict anyone else currently sitting on the fence, even believers who may think that being nice is the Christian response to runaway lies. To love someone is to advocate for what is best for them – not necessarily what they may think they want at the moment.
It should be noted that in the midst of Musk’s documentary endorsement, he said something that many others falsely believe:
“Consenting adults should do whatever makes them happy,” Elon Musk tweeted, “provided it does not harm others, but a child is not capable of consent, which is why we have laws protecting minors.”
He’s right that a child is not capable of consent, but the idea of encouraging consenting adults “to do whatever makes them happy” is one of the reasons we’re in the mess we’re in today. Yes, the “do no harm to others” caveat may seem to cover a wide range of concerns, but what constitutes “harm,” and who determines how harmful it might be?
The reckless and runaway radical feminist movement was really the precursor to the trans revolution. The lie that a woman could do and be whatever and everything a man can be sowed the seed that gender was either neutral or even interchangeable.
Doing whatever makes us happy is the root of everything from original sin to perverted and dangerous lies that threaten society.
Megyn Kelly provided a reasonable and practical blueprint for our way forward.
“I have resolved to base my conversations around gender on the same tenets that already govern my life: truth and reality,” she concluded. “I will not use preferred pronouns, a decision motivated by a growing alarm over women’s rights and the safety of children. I will speak to a ‘trans’ person kindly and with empathy. In their presence I will likely try to avoid pronouns altogether as I have no wish to intentionally provoke or upset anyone. But I will not take this gateway drug anymore. Because I have a daughter. Because I am a woman – an adult human female.”
Musk and Kelly’s outspokenness is a triumph for reality – and hopefully a sign that when it comes to the gender revolution, common sense will be far more common than it has been in recent years.