Sunday, December 29, 2013

2013 Ingrate of the year

Chelsea Manning.

Good manners do matter.  Considering that Chelsea kept her mouth shut for years and had nothing to say to support the people who defended her, who defended her as Bradley Manning and who defended her as Chelsea, she really demonstrated ingratitude in 2013.

We got a statement from Chelsea announcing she was a woman trapped in a man's body.

Remember that?

That was the first statement from Chelsea since she'd been taken into custody by the US military in 2010.

On August 22, 2013, over three years after many on the left and many Libertarians on the right had been defending her non-stop, Chelsea finally has a public statement.

A two-paragraph statement.  The first is an insincere thank you that didn't begin to acknowledge the millions around the world who took part in defending her for the last three years.  The second paragraph was the point of her announcement: declaring her womanhood.

As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility). I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back. 

What the f**k was that?

We've got no problems with transgendered people but that was not the announcement of a transgendered political prisoner. It was the glossy, fab announcement from a celebrity!!!

Martha Stewart behind bars couldn't have worded that second paragraph better.

Some wrote Chelsea off immediately after that.

Others wondered if hormone therapy began in 2013, would Chelsea live Tweet it?

Maybe Instagram it?

August 22nd, Bradley Manning died and Celebrity Chelsea was born.

You can't be a celebrity without a celebrity feud.

October 9th, Ms. Chelsea (as she wishes to be called) issued her second statement, this one slapping down Ann Wright.

Ann Wright had accepted an award on Ms. Chelsea's behalf and Ann read a statement from her.

Turns out Chelsea Manning didn't write the statement.

Chelsea's also kind of a dumb ass.

She takes Ann to task for the statement.

No, Ms. Chelsea, hold your attorney accountable, he's the one who provided Ann Wright the statement she read on your behalf.

In the end, Ms. Chelsea is just another pro-war bitch.

You can get that from her statement where she rejects peace and anti-war labels and insists that she did it -- released all those State Department cables to WikiLeaks -- for transparency and that, golly gosh, she believes "it is also perfectly reasonable to subjectively interpret these documents and come to the opposite opinion and say 'hey, look at these documents, they clearly justify this war'."

She may or may not lose her penis while in prison but she's already lost her credibility.

Poor Ms. Chelsea, a few decades earlier she could have starred in an Andy Warhol underground film.  Today, she's just a woman going overboard to look feminine when not flaunting her ingratitude.

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