This terrible story needs to die but here we go again with a fresh, new, terrible angle because America is a masochist.
A lifetime ago –wait– three days ago, a video emerged of a group of MAGA hat-wearing teens from Covington Catholic High School hooting and shouting while surrounding an indigenous protester. The video was seen by many as a clear example of right wing bigotry, racism, and hate.
Others claimed the video was misleading, pointing to longer videos of the incident and saying the interpretations of the students behavior and motivations was incorrect (an explanation that most weren’t buying.)
Now a new video clip has surfaced that shows a student in the group making an ugly comment about rape that he probably thinks is a clever joke. On the video the student can be heard saying “It’s not rape if you enjoy it!” while others gasp or laugh.
Latest Covington Catholic video from the Lincoln Memorial incident on Friday has surfaced where one of the students yells, "It's not rape if you enjoy it!"— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) January 22, 2019
Good luck spinning this one... pic.twitter.com/4yJXHrLP0Z
While this short clip doesn’t show the students from the other, now infamous ‘MAGA Teen’ video, a longer video of the incident shows that the student making the rape comment is part of the same group of students who gathered at the Lincoln Memorial when all this ridiculous bullsh*t went down and is presumably a student at Covington Catholic. (The comment comes at the 13:40 mark.)
While factions will continue to do battle online with competing pieces of video evidence that they interpret in wildly different ways – i.e. some saying the MAGA students blocked Phillips and others saying he was responsible because he approached them – there’s no excuse for the comment being made here other than deep-seated ignorance that urgently needs to be addressed.
For those who care about social progress the argument now becomes about changing the toxic culture that leads people to think certain things are funny or acceptable when they are simply racist or misogynistic.
David Hogg, one of the Parkland survivors had this to say:
The ”they’re just young just boys” mentality for young white men must be stopped.— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) January 22, 2019
Saying ”it’s not rape if you enjoy it” is not just something boys say out of the blue, that is learned hate.
Can't wait to see @FLOTUS comment on this #BeBest https://t.co/LJXEmoMDMb
Others were equally incensed and not surprised.
Wow it’s almost like they’re exactly the rude, disrespectful people they appeared to be the first time we saw them https://t.co/XhUxKMaU2L— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) January 22, 2019
At this point, the evidence seems pretty overwhelming that however chaotic and difficult to pin down that initial incident may have been, Covington HS has some serious problems, and its administration, parents, and community are failing these kids. https://t.co/eShKrixDmB— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) January 22, 2019
BUT ITS NOT THE WHOLE VIDEO, RIGHT? https://t.co/vPOVMxkQ8v— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) January 22, 2019
For everyone jumping to the defense of the Covington Catholic kids. There is no way you can spin your way out of this. https://t.co/fLxEsIjhjW— Daddy Files (@DaddyFiles) January 22, 2019
Looking forward to the follow-up letter from that Lexington PR firm explaining why this is all a big misunderstanding and these fine young men have been unfairly maligned. https://t.co/B1CqPbFQIe— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) January 22, 2019
Anyone shocked by the continuing flow of videos capturing despicable behavior by the Covington mob should do some serious soul-searching.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) January 22, 2019
Had these not been white kids, there would have been zero rush to wrongly exonerate them. https://t.co/JKQgiW4LvO
I think at this point the Lincoln statue got up and left https://t.co/sxkfbM6voD— Kelvin Yu (@InternetKelvin) January 22, 2019