Sensory Overload and Jazz Hands at Democratic Socialists Convention

Sensory Overload and Jazz Hands at Democratic Socialists Convention

Sensory Overload and Jazz Hands at Democratic Socialists Convention

When reading the headline, “Sensory Overload and Jazz Hands at Democratic Socialists Convention”, you may actually think you’re reading a gag column. This is not a joke. We repeat. Not a joke.

We wish we were kidding but evidently, this is what we have come to.

No, that was not Bernie Sanders calling for the halt of the use of gender-specific pronouns. You can see the whole video here. James Jackson, who went into “sensory overload” because of the whispering around him, was then called out by an attendee for referring collectively to the group as “guys”. As in, “You guys, can you keep the outside chatter to a minimum so we can hear the presenters?” What was HE/HIM supposed to say? “You Zirs, your whispering is annoying the piss out of me, can you shut up?” Or perhaps, he could have said, “Hey Zes, my fellow peeps, stop whispering while the presenter is speaking!” The back-and-forth did not stop there.

Quick point of privilege ONCE again!

Hi, James Jackson, Sacramento DSA, he/him.

That’s what we would have thought….

I have ALREADY asked people to be mindful of the chatter of their comrades who are sensitive to sensory overload,” Jackson said. “And that goes DOUBLE for the heckling and the hissing. It is also triggering to my anxiety. Like, being comradely isn’t just for like, keeping things civil or whatever. It’s so people aren’t going to get triggered, and so that it doesn’t affect their performance as a delegate.”-James Jackson

Jackson also said that while “your need to express yourself is important,” it does not “trump” his own personal needs.

There was no applause for either party. The Democratic Socialists of America believe in “jazz hands” instead. Why? Because “jazz hands” are less triggering than claps which cause anxiety.

Yeah. Us, too!

Makes us wonder if there were blankets and coloring books included in the break-out sessions along with mid-afternoon nap times.

Let’s also keep in mind our three self-described, prominent “democratic socialists”: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They believe in calling one another “comrade”. They believe in “personal points of privilege”. They embrace the elimination of gender pronouns as we know them. They believe in jazz hands. Don’t you agree? Jazz hands make the world a much better place. Jazz hands in the overcrowded clinics waiting to get your free health care, jazz hands on the bread lines…

I digress but seriously, I don’t know which aspect of this whole DSA circus is more comical, really. The fact that Jackson went up to the podium and asked “Comrade” for a “quick point of personal privilege”, referred to himself as “He/Him”, told the audience that he was triggered by “sensory overload” or the fact that a person was triggered by Jackson’s “improper” (proper) use of gender pronouns! These are the so-called “cool kids”, folks. These are the people some of our young adults are totally on board with voting for. The triggered by the triggering political landscape and the triggering human population. They can’t stop being offended and triggered at just about everything.

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6 Comments
  • Randy Wilde says:

    I can’t believe the hubris of these people calling for points of personal privilege. Don’t they realize that Robert’s Rules of Order is just a tool of the white cisgendered heteronormative patriarchy?

  • Wfjag says:

    Progressiveism on full display – They cannot even express themselves without offending themselves.

  • Dave M. says:

    It is nice when they live by their own rules without us having to do anything. All the rules they’ve added to speech mean it takes them an hour to squeeze out a greeting. It is the COBOL of linguistics. I don’t believe people are able to accomplish much of anything when they aren’t even allowed to discuss it among themselves.

    • John says:

      If only hear people were socialists you’d have an excuse to mock the ideology unfortunately for me here are first world socialists who do actually fit every nonsense right wing stereotype of socialists unlike the rest of the worlds socialists

  • MC says:

    I enjoy a good laugh every time I watch that video. The guy (sorry/not sorry for the gendered language) who can hardly get his words out he’s so upset over the word “guy.” Hilarious. And then all the jazz hands throughout the crowd. OMG! And they take themselves seriously!

  • Ken says:

    Someone opined that a side benefit (from a certain point of view) is that it might be easier to see who _stops_ jazzhanding early (i.e., too soon) than it is to see who stops applauding early.

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