Since the advent of the Trump Administration, it’s like the craziness at the center of Washington has sucked all of the air out of the room and made it harder to find weird things that aren’t connected to politics. Fringe historians declared their political allegiances months ago, with characters like L. A. Marzulli, David Wilcock, and J. Hutton Pulitzer endorsing Donald Trump and others like Giorgio Tsoukalos and Scott Wolter risking their aggrieved audiences by opposing the House of Orange. Consequently, it was no surprise that again this year conservative extremists blasted the Super Bowl halftime show for promoting occultism, which seems to be conservative code for liberalism.
“Why have the half-time shows become blatant, in-your-face occult rituals?” L. A. Marzulli asked before the show ever began. He asked his followers to pray for God to stop Gaga, and he confessed that no one invited him to a Super Bowl party this year because he becomes too enraged at the secret messages in the halftime show. “Remember,” he wrote, “rebuke first and ask questions later.”
Right, since that’s how God did it at Sodom, with all that smiting and then asking whether there were any innocent people accidentally incinerated. Sorry, Lot, you’re dead because we ask questions later. L. A. Marzulli is not as godly as he pretends.
Meanwhile, InfoWars host Alex Jones, who recently announced that he would die if necessary in service to Trump, claimed that the show was a satanic event. Trump, incidentally, seemed to confirm that he continues to listen to Jones as president when he repeated a recent claim first made by Jones that the media were suppressing news of terror attacks in an effort to protect Islam and Obama. Anyway, Jones had already joined Marzulli in assuming that Gaga’s performance would be satanic before the show even started. On Facebook, he posted a video warning his followers away from Gaga.
“They say she’s going to stand on top of the stadium, ruling over everyone with drones everywhere, surveilling everyone in a big swarm,” he said, “to just condition them to say ‘I am the Goddess of Satan’ ruling over them with the rise of the robots in a ritual of lesser magic.”
Jones added that he believed Gaga was involved in the fictitious Pizzagate conspiracy—endorsed by ancient astronaut theorist David Wilcock—which claimed that Democratic politicians and liberal celebrities operate a child slavery and prostitution ring out of the non-existent basement of a Washington-area pizza parlor.
“She wears meat suits and does all these rituals—Madonna does it too—and the organizers of the Super Bowl are deciding to defile America and break our will by having us bow down to this,” Jones said.
Last year, the same group of conservative extremists alleged that Beyoncé enacted an Illuminati ritual during her halftime show.
It’s not hard to see that these conservatives are attempting to diabolize viewpoints they disagree with. Last year, they disliked Beyoncé’s advocacy for the Back Lives Matter movement, and this year they are uncomfortable with Lady Gaga’s support for LGBTQ rights. The real political action that took place on that stage wasn’t a satanic ritual but a singer openly singing an LGBTQ pride anthem (“Born This Way”) in front of a crowd that included Trump supporters and the vigorously anti-gay vice president, Mike Pence. But our fringe idiots don’t want to deal with these issues directly, so they cloak them in the guise of the occult to create a bit of an intellectual distance between the claims they make and their effects, using symbolism and fantasy to mask political positions that even they recognize are increasingly difficult to express openly in mainstream society.
Don’t believe me? L. A. Marzulli, always the least subtle and substantive of the pseudo-Christian noisemakers, makes plain the Manichean dichotomy he sees between the godly, predestined glory of the Republican Party and the Satanic evil of the Democratic Party: “I’ll go out on a limb here and state that during the closing days of the 2016 election Hillary Clinton surrounded herself with Beyoncé, Katy Perry and others who I believe have given themselves over to the god of this world. Coincidence? I think not.” Recall that Marzulli’s colleague Steve Quayle told Alex Jones that Hillary Clinton was a literal demon from hell, and that all of these men believe God chose the self-indulgent libertine Donald Trump to vanquish evil. Apparently one must have personal experience of all seven deadly sins in order to achieve true divine grace. Mixing religion and politics is a recipe for hypocrisy.
Yesterday Marzulli released a video in which he blasted Gaga’s performance and explicitly identified her support for the LGBTQ community as a travesty against God. “You’re not born this way,” he said. “Something happens to you.” He said she attempted to “dictate to the rest of us” what to believe. He also alleged that audiences cannot recall any Gaga songs and therefore she is a bad musician, too. “Can you hum it?” he asked. He suggested that a more memorable musical suite would be Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, though to be honest, I don’t think I could hum them. He suggested that Classical music is complex and substantive while pop music is vacant and empty. He is, of course, comparing apples and oranges; his own shitty YouTube show is a pale imitation of a classic television interview and opinion program like Firing Line, so by his own logic he is “dumbing down” our culture.
And that is something we can all agree on!
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