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Hashtags and Pussy Hats

Hashtags and Pussy Hats

Far be it from me to tell any mother how to rear her children. Heck, I made oceans of mistakes with mine.

But I know exactly what would have happened if I’d blown more than 150 bucks each on tickets to a Rangers’ game at Madison Square Garden only to have one of my spawn ask if it was OK to sit out the National Anthem.

“Of course you can sit on your butt,” I would have said. “As long as you’re willing to reimburse me for your ticket and find your own ride home. If not, stand up and take off your hat.

“And guess what? We're playing the Maple Leafs tonight, so I expect you to stand for ‘O Canada’ too.

“It’s all about respect, kid.”

Then again, I’m not a lefty sitcom star like Debra Messing - self-described  “Actor. Mama. Activist. Warrior.” - who reacted somewhat differently when her young son asked her that question the other night. 

(I'm not picking on Messing's son. Honest. He's a kid, apparently looking to his mom for guidance.)

We know about this exchange because Messing boasted about it on her public Instagram account. The post - which had more than 20,000 likes early Monday evening, but was gone a few hours later - claimed that when her kid said, “Mom, I want to sit down in protest. Can we do that?”

She replied, “Yes, honey. We can do that.”

And she proudly provided a pic of her kid sitting with a ball cap on his head, while everyone else stood.

“Who’s crying?” (She wrote) “I’m not crying. #BLM”

Yep, this “warrior” was nearly brought to tears by a child who wanted to know if it was OK to disrespect his nation's anthem.

Proving, once again, that Messing and her political pals are a joke. 

Warriors? 

Because they bravely wear vagina hats at marches? Fearlessly hashtag anarchist groups? Fiercely encourage their kids to engage in indolent acts of disrespect?

Yup. That’s all it takes to be a warrior these days.

You want to be a real warrior? Head to Iran and march around Tehran without a hijab. Then we'll talk about fearless women.

And if your offspring - or any kid - wants to do something to help African-Americans, you could suggest that instead of sitting for The Star-Spangled Banner, which does nothing, he instead send his allowance to a charity like the United Fund, which provides scholarships to black kids who can’t afford college.

Then again, how many likes would an Instagram pic of a boy standing at a hockey game - with his hat in his hand - get?

And that's what this digital “resistance” is all about:

Hashtags and pussy hats and likes on social media.

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