A blast from the past!

First, read this:

Tokyo Rose (alternative spelling Tokio Rose) was a name given by Allied troops in the South Pacific during World War II to all female English-speaking radio broadcasters of Japanese propaganda. The programs were broadcast in the South Pacific and North America to demoralize Allied forces abroad and their families at home by emphasizing troops’ wartime difficulties and military losses.

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Now read what Bette Midler shared two days ago with the Twitterverse:

Yes, Republican regretters! In your sore hearts, you know the Resistance Army is right and must win!

Lay down your Second-Amendment weapons of war. Surrender! Save yourselves and your country. Your Bad Orange President has hypnotized you, and you have fallen low. Reclaim your individuality and self-respect. The left is not your enemy. We are your friends. Join us for peace!

Tokyo Rose, Axis Sally, Hanoi Jane, and now … Malibu Bette!

The parallels to WWII propaganda broadcasts–right down to the language–are more than a little striking.

In her broadcast yesterday, Malibu Bette continued her campaign of demoralization:

Are you tired of the fight, Republican regretters? Are you lonely out there, with no one on TV to reflect your beliefs? Are you sick of batty actors, shriveled old singers, and humorless comedians calling you bigots, filling your ear holes with condescending abuse day after day?

You can make it stop. It’s not hard. Pick up your ethics, morals, and values (which as used by Malibu Bette are all synonyms, BTW) and dump them in the garbage on your way over to the Left Side:

In sum: Stop being a sheep and do what we tell you.

There’s a lot of talk about “propaganda” these days, what with fake news. But Midler has actually regressed to crude 20th-century fascist tropes of mass persuasion.

Now for the really important question: does Malibu Bette’s use of Tokyo Rose cant qualify as cultural appropriation? Has Malibu Bette committed a racism by aping the historical propaganda techniques of East Asian peoples of color without their consent?

And last, is the propaganda campaign working? Well, support for the “fleecer in chief” among Republicans just hit 90 percent. So in a word:

Nope.

Now let’s sing the old WWII marching song: “We did it before and we can do it again! / And we will do it again! / We’re one for all and we’re all for one / They’ll get a lickin’ before we’re done …”