Kaya Jones, a former member of the Pussycat Dolls, whose latest single, “What The Heart Don’t Know,” pays tribute to the U.S. military, has earned praise from many for her patriotism .
However, her support of right-wingers and American troops has also resulted in some nasty backlash.
On November 6, Jones tweeted out screenshots of direct messages of death threats she received from people claiming to be Islamic terrorists.
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But did not take Jones long to respond to the threats.
Later that day, the pro-Second Amendment singer posted a photo of herself at a gun range — to signify she was not afraid of these threats.
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Unfortunately, these sorts of threats are nothing new for Jones.
She was unable to attend Milo Yiannopoulos’ “Free Speech Week” at University of California, Berkeley, back in September because of similar threats made. On an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show around the time of that event, Jones said her management team strongly advised her against attending, given the threats.
Jones initially announced her support for President Trump and his policies on Instagram last Valentine’s Day — with a picture of herself wearing a shirt endorsing him and “Stand up for what you believe in!” in the caption.
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Just a few days later, Jones tweeted that the death threats were already coming in — and in July, she said she receives those sort of threats “daily.”
What Jones has experienced over the past several months for respectfully voicing her support for Republicans also reveals a major problem with the tolerance from the Left in America today.
There’s been an increasing divide between the Left and the Right as young Democrats continue moving further left, especially since President Trump’s election. In late October, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation conducted a study with 2,300 people. The group found a higher percentage of millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist country (combined 51 percent) rather than a capitalist country (42 percent).
As the Left continues moving further away from the center, it loses its tolerance for those who hold different opinions than they do. A Pew Research study done in July found that 47 percent of liberals agreed that if they had a friend who voted for Donald Trump, it would put a strain on their friendship. This was a much higher percentage than the Republican respondents who said the same thing of Hillary Clinton (13 percent).
This left-wing mindset has also led to the rejection of conservatives in the entertainment industry. In addition to Jones, actors Tim Allen and James Woods have seen their careers become more difficult because of their political views. After criticizing then-President Barack Obama back in 2013, Woods said on Twitter he did not expect to work in Hollywood ever again — and on “Norm Macdonald Live” in September, Allen implied his conservative views were the reason his popular sitcom, “Last Man Standing,” was canceled.
“I always wanted ‘Last Man Standing’ to be like Archie Bunker,” he said. “Archie Bunker pushed boundaries, but Carroll O’Connor was not that guy at all. I am a version of that guy. But there is nothing more dangerous, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative character. He is mitigated on the show by a family of women who had a difference of opinions, but he was a likable guy and a principled guy about work and ethics and all this stuff.”
Despite the backlash they receive, a small percentage of conservatives in the entertainment industry continue to stand up for their beliefs. With the country as divided as it is, that might not appeal to some — but it also has the potential to attract millions of others who hold similar beliefs.