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Conservatives fumed over the announcement that the Boy Scouts will begin admitting girls on Wednesday. From the Daily Wire:
Don’t you love those famous Cub Scout cookies?
Get ready, because the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced Wednesday they intend to allow girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year. In addition, a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts will be implemented.
Needless to say, the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) were unhappy with the decision, saying that the two groups had been friendly for over 100 years; Girl Scout officials believe the BSA was trying to recruit girls because the organization needed money.
“When the Boy Scouts folded a few years ago to the homosexual agenda, we all know it would go down hill,” a post at the Right Scoop read. “First it was gay scouts, then gay leaders. And now girls.” “It makes one wonder what the Boy Scouts purpose is if their spines are this soft,” RedState’s Andrea Ruth wrote. “There is value in having separate groups for boys and girls. But, apparently, we’ve unlearned that.”
More conservatives weighed in on Twitter:
You might want to change your name then. Ugh. https://t.co/60IBquwOgh— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) October 11, 2017
I look forward to ending the discrimination inherent in NCAA women's sports. https://t.co/shkhZy1buT— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 11, 2017
Has anyone done the “this is why Trump won” thing yet or can I do it here? https://t.co/yixJtBz86l— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) October 11, 2017
Merge them all into the Social Justice Scouts and be done with it. https://t.co/Q7GzjVcac5— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 11, 2017
In other news:
Conservative analysis of the fallout of the Harvey Weinstein scandal continued on Wednesday. National Review’s Kyle Smith assessed Hollywood’s “conspiracy of silence,” criticizing actors Matt Damon and George Clooney:
Note the curiously limited wording of the denials from Damon and Clooney, though. Entertainment reporters, tending to be both a) in awe of their subjects and b) unschooled in Washington-style spot-the-loophole weasel talk, haven’t quite nailed down what either of them knew. “We know this stuff goes on in the world,” Damon said. “I did five or six movies with Harvey. I never saw this. I think a lot of actors have come out and said, everybody’s saying we all knew. That’s not true. This type of predation happens behind closed doors, and out of public view.” “I’ve never seen any of this behavior — ever,” Clooney told The Daily Beast.
Of course Damon and Clooney never saw the misbehavior. When Weinstein wants a tête-à-tête with Ashley Judd in his bathrobe, Damon and Clooney aren’t going to be invited along. The question is, did they know what Weinstein was up to? Clooney insists, “I had no idea that it had gone to the level of having to pay off eight women for their silence, and that these women were threatened and victimized.” The comment seems to be limited to “these women” — the eight who were paid off. Like a politician, Clooney is answering a question nobody asked. Did he know Weinstein was inviting actresses to business meetings that turned into bedroom meetings that turned into sexual overtures with career implications? Weinstein has been, for more than two decades, one of the most-talked-about figures in Hollywood. Could news of such revolting acts really never have reached Clooney’s ears? It seems more likely that Clooney was part of a conspiracy of silence.
The Daily Wire ran a post about a video showing Jimmy Kimmel, who criticized Weinstein this week, asking various women to fondle his groin for a segment on his show:
In the video, speaking to a pretty young blonde, Kimmel announces, “I’ve stuffed something in my pants, and you’re welcome to feel around on the outside of the pants. You have then ten seconds to guess what it is in my pants.”
As the blonde starts to grope him, Kimmel instructs, “You should use two hands.”
The next shot is of a brunette groping Kimmel’s crotch, as he comments, “You’ve done this before, haven’t you.”
Following that, another blonde is on her knees before him, groping him, as Kimmel tells her, “Maybe it would be easier if you put your mouth on it.”
The next shot is of Kimmel addressing yet another pretty blonde, asking her, “How old are you?” When she answers, “Eighteen,” he asks, “You sure of that? Cause old Jimmy doesn’t need to do time.”
On Tucker Carlson’s Tuesday night show, he called for the Justice Department to investigate sexual abuse in Hollywood.
Sexual abuse is epidemic in Hollywood. The people in charge have covered it up and made excuses for it, in each case protecting the powerful from the powerless and the abused. It is time for the federal government to get involved. The Department of Justice should launch an immediate investigation into Hollywood’s culture of systematic sexual abuse. There’s ample precedent for this. Under Obama, the Department of Education launched more than 300 investigations into schools across the country, ranging from Harvard all the way down to Cisco Junior College. All of them sought to expose and punish schools it said violated federal law by enabling cultures of sexual harassment and assault.
Sean Hannity chose to criticize Hillary Clinton’s statement condemning Weinstein for being too weak and speculated that Muslim countries may have paid off Clinton to go easy on Weinstein.
“Countries that support Sharia?” he asked. “Maybe they bought her silence, remember? She never criticized those countries that treat women, gays, lesbians, Christians, and Jews horribly. Did Weinstein buy her silence also?”