Adam Carolla bucked the sentiments on Tuesday of most of his entertainment industry peers — and criticized musician John Mayer’s recent call for tackling toxic masculinity.
“When it comes to women, [Mayer] is like a guy standing in a buffet lecturing you on caloric intake … It’s all virtue signaling,” said Carolla, comedian, actor, director, and host of one of the nation’s most popular podcasts, during an appearance Tuesday morning on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”
“Just what women want,” host Laura Ingraham said facetiously. “Men who agonize about not being more feminine.”
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Carolla and Ingraham were reacting to a now-viral clip of John Mayer — during a cancer benefit show he did on Sunday — bemoaning the “[BS] alpha male contract that’s nailed into boys’ heads from a young age.”
“Part of the plan is to turn men and women into the same unit. This is all kind of part of the bigger push for gender sort of conformity,” said Carolla, who emphasized that both fathers and mothers bring something vital — and different — to child-rearing.
Ingraham characterized men in the entertainment industry as “trying to advance their cultural bona fide” with pronouncements paralleling Mayer’s, including emotion-drenched pledges to fight alongside women to “vanquish toxic masculinity.”
“The more successful Trump is,” said Ingraham, ticking off the president’s inarguable triumphs, such as the economy and foreign policy, “the angrier and more possessed the Left become … They seem to be truly upset that things are going well in the country,” she added.
Carolla, who works with a number of people in their 30s, said the mainstream media’s overwhelmingly negative and sometimes deceptive coverage of the political Right — particularly Trump and, more recently, the confirmation process of Justice Brett Kavanaugh — explains the pervasive perception among youth that many conservatives are backwards, old school, or just plain wrong.
“They’re interested in dominating the discussion to the point that people are afraid to speak out,” said Ingraham.
She referenced the protesters who cornered Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) in an elevator prior to the Kavanaugh vote. Ingraham shared her concern that the senator likely would have been in physical danger if she had walked through the crowd of protesters in front of the Supreme Court building on Saturday. Some people were literally clawing at the doors.
“Just beneath that veneer is rage,” said Carolla, agreeing with the contention that the anger of the Left, as demonstrated so clearly during the Kavanaugh nomination process, is approaching worrisome levels.
Carolla said the “hippies” of the ’60s and ’70s — he counts his mother among them — also experienced that same anger seen among Leftists today, but the “hippies” sublimated theirs into less overtly violent forms of expression.
“It’s funny, because they’ve always painted the Right as the angry warmongers who are so rageful, but look at all the rage on the Left.”
In response to an audio clip of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying that people “cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about” — Carolla did not mince words.
“These are the people who kick you in the shin. Then you push them in the shoulder, and they go, ‘Why did you push me?’”
Carolla wrapped up the interview by saying the Left’s incessant maligning of the Right — and this group’s constant accusations of moral bankruptcy in the form of sexism, racism, homophobia, and xenophobia — is profoundly demeaning.
“People never really think about how insulting it is. I mean, it’s wrong … It’s wildly insulting to those of us who just raise their families and pay their taxes and walk their dogs.”
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Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.