White Men on Twitter Use Really Confusing Hashtag to Show White Male Privilege Is Fake
White men on Twitter have been posting photos of themselves lying face down on the ground in mock apology for "white male privilege," Vocativ reports.
Gavin McInnes — the Vice Media co-founder and noted transphobia apologist who once said women are responsible for the gender pay gap and that feminism has made them "less happy" — sparked the trend using the hashtag #TakeUsDown last week.
Many questions arise from this campaign: Why is this man in a dumpster? Why is this man in a bathtub? Why is this man planking? Maybe it doesn't actually matter — as long as people on white supremacist forums keep referring to the hashtag as "funny, fair and actually brilliant," it's all good.
You're welcome, America:
You get the idea. The notion of "privilege" — i.e., that one's racial, gender and other forms of identity come loaded with varying degrees of societal benefits — has come under fire lately, mostly from people who have a lot of, well, privilege.
For instance, here's wealthy heterosexual white male TV host Bill O'Reilly explaining why white privilege doesn't exist:
It's admirable that McInnes has taken a firm stance on such a hot-button issue, and that so many have come to his assistance. Everyone is now breathlessly awaiting his next opinion.