Lady Gaga’s stolen dogs found tied to pole, dad wants thieves charged with attempted murder, assault


Lady Gaga’s beloved stolen French bulldogs were reportedly found by a good Samaritan in an alley tied to a pole, a long way from where they were yanked from their walker.

TMZ reports the woman who turned in the dogs, Gustav and Koji, to a Los Angeles Police station on Friday night recognised them from media reports.

The woman reportedly found the dogs miles from the Los Angeles neighbourhood where they were violently yanked from their walker Ryan Fischer , 39, who was shot in the process.

Gaga, who is in Rome and offered a $500,000 reward for the return of the dogs, is reportedly ecstatic they were found safely and said she would “gladly” pay the woman who rescued them, TMZ reported.

Now her dad is calling on investigators to throw the book at the thieves.

Joe Germanotta said he wanted the two dognappers charged with assault and attempted murder.

“Letting Koji and Gustav go unharmed was nice but they must be punished for what they did to Ryan,” Germanotta told Fox News.

“Special thanks to the doctors and nurses in the emergency room.”

Fischer managed to wrestle the third dog, Miss Asia, from the attackers and she was safely returned.

“I am relieved that Ryan is going to be OK and Koji and Gusatv were found. Thanks to the LAPD,” Germanotta added.

The Los Angeles Police Department has released a description of the two men. Both of the suspects are described as black males, between the ages of 20 and 25, who were seen in a white Nissan Altima with four doors, cops said in a Thursday night news release.

The suspect who shot the dog walker was armed with a semiautomatic handgun, has blond dreadlocks and was wearing a black hoodie, police said.

The second suspect was wearing dark clothing, cops said.

Mr Fischer, described by Germanotta as a “friend” who “risked his life protecting” the dogs, was walking the celebrity pets on North Sierra Bonita Avenue near Sunset Boulevard Wednesday night about 9.40pm when he was ambushed by the suspects.

They demanded he turn over the dogs and when Mr Fischer put up a fight, he was shot in the chest, cops said.

Mr Fischer was in stable condition late Thursday and has been moved out of the ICU, according to police and Mr Germanotta.

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Lady Gaga’s stolen French bulldogs returned to Los Angeles police unharmed


Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs, who were stolen by thieves who shot and wounded the dog walker, have been miraculously recovered unharmed.

A woman brought the dogs to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Olympic Community Police Station, just north-west of downtown, around 6pm, according to Capt. Jonathan Tippett, commanding officer of the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

Lady Gaga’s representative and detectives went to the station and confirmed that they were the missing dogs.

The singer is currently in Rome to film a movie.

The woman who dropped off the dogs appears to be “uninvolved and unassociated” with Wednesday night’s attack, Tippett said.

It wasn’t immediately clear how she obtained the dogs.

The dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was shot once as he walked three of the singer’s dogs in Hollywood.

Horrific video footage released showed a white sedan pulling up and two men jumping out.

They struggled with the dog walker before one pulled a gun and fired a single shot, fleeing with two of the dogs.

The dog walker can be heard on the video saying he had been shot in the chest. Tippett said he is expected to survive his injuries.

Lady Gaga on Friday repeated her offer of a $500,000 reward for the return of her dogs — whose names are Koji and Gustav — with no questions asked.

“I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero,” she said in an Instagram post.



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Targeted attack? Violent street heist of Lady Gaga’s dogs spurs questions of motive


The incident, which occurred about 9.40pm on Wednesday, local time, in the 1500 block of Sierra Bonita Avenue in Hollywood, caught the attention of the world, particularly after Gaga’s camp offered a $US500,000 ($645,000) reward for the return of the dogs – “no questions asked” – even as Fischer was still being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre.

Thefts of purebred animals, which can fetch high prices even when they aren’t attached to pop royalty, are not unheard of. And the LAPD in recent weeks has expressed concern about criminals in the city becoming more brazen about street robberies – which have been ticking up with the easing of pandemic-related lockdowns, including in the same general area as the dog heist.

Earlier this month, LAPD Chief Michel Moore highlighted a string of Wilshire street robberies where individuals were robbing people of Rolex watches. In a January 30 incident also caught on camera, two attackers also jumped out of a white sedan near Melrose Avenue and North Vista Street – less than two kilometres south in a straight line from where the dog heist occurred – and tackled a man before stealing his watch.

“That’s an image I haven’t seen in 20 years,” Moore said in lamenting the robbery to local media.

LAPD Captain Jonathan Tippet, who heads the Robbery-Homicide Division investigating the dog heist, said that police did not have any suspects as of Thursday afternoon.

He said they were looking into whether the assailants knew the dogs belonged to the singer when they targeted them, but did not have any specific evidence to prove that was the case. Tippet said police were in contact with representatives for Lady Gaga, who were co-operating with the investigation.

A picture of a French bulldog is featured above the entrance of Dog-E-Den Hollywood, near where Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot.Credit:AP

An LAPD summary of the attack, described by a source who requested anonymity, indicated that the animals were the target of the robbers, one of whom said “give it up” as he pointed a handgun at Fischer.

Gaga’s dogs Gustavo and Koji were taken. A third dog escaped capture, ran to Fischer as the car drove off, and is now back with caretakers for Gaga, who TMZ reported is in Rome filming a movie and who recently performed on the national stage during President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Police sources said the pedigree and associated value of the animals could have been the basis for the robbery, but the level of violence used adds to their speculation that the attackers knew there could be a star-powered windfall associated with their return.

Tippet declined to comment on the reward being offered by the singer’s camp. But such offerings can be a blessing and a curse for investigators.

Rewards are sometimes offered by law enforcement and affiliated groups like Metro Crime Stoppers in serious crimes such as shootings, but usually in an effort to identify the attackers and bring them to justice – not for the return of stolen property.

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They can result in an uptick in tips and other useful information for police, but can also bring about a deluge of false leads and misinformation. The scope of misinformation can depend on the notoriety of the case in question. In this instance, it could be huge.

The neighbour who heard the attack occur and later watched video of it said it all “felt super targeted” to him. Regardless, it was extremely sad, he said, noting how hard Fischer had fought to keep the dogs safe. “He was really protective.”

Los Angeles has seen gun crime rise to alarming levels since the start of the pandemic, with more shootings and homicides occurring in the city than at any other time in the past decade. Through February 13, shootings were up nearly 145 per cent compared to last year, and more than 163 per cent compared to 2019.

Robberies, in contrast, were down 15 per cent compared to 2020 and more than 21 per cent compared to 2019. However, police say they’ve been picking up recently.

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Bridgerton Casts Its Season 2 Leading Lady – E! Online


Sounds like Mr. Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) might have met his match. 

Netflix just announced that Bridgerton has cast Simone Ashley (Sex Education) as Kate Sharma, the woman who’s about to steal Anthony’s heart in season two of everybody’s new favorite show. Kate is “a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools—Anthony Bridgerton very much included.” 

Lady Whistledown made sure to note on Twitter that she’ll be writing about the new arrival as she hits the ton in season two. 

“Quite the juicy bit of gossip, dear readers…” she wrote via the Bridgerton Twitter account, accompanied by a bee emoji. “This author is certainly looking forward to many a column covering Miss Kate Sharma.” 

Bees are sure to play a large part in the second season, which will follow eldest Bridgerton Anthony in his quest to finally settle down as the head of his family. However, it’s not going to just be smooth sailing for Kate and Anthony if the show follows the book, The Viscount Who Loved Me. It’s actually Kate’s sister upon whom Anthony first sets his sights, and Kate is “the most meddlesome woman to ever grace a London ballroom.” 





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Calm acceptance marks Melania Trump’s last days as first lady


“She has hours left as first lady, but she is not the type to wander around the rooms of the White House in deep reflection of what happened, of what could have been,” said one person in touch with her. “She is Melania – she keeps the focus on what’s next.”

Another said that unlike her furious husband, “Melania is good.”

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Since January 6, every day has dumped more bad news onto the President, including his historic second impeachment. But one person close to the President said it can be hard to predict what will bother him most and that even with all that was going on, he was particularly upset that Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks and other stars agreed to perform as part of Biden’s inaugural celebrations.

Donald Trump, in his days as the star of The Apprentice reality-TV show, often attended star-studded events. A believer in the power of being associated with marquee names, he hired Elton John and Billy Joel to sing at his and Melania’s wedding in 2005. But his rhetoric, hard-line immigration policy and other stances during the 2016 campaign led Hollywood to largely boycott his inauguration. Now, as Trump rages about what he describes as unfair treatment from all sides – from people he hired, from businesses he helped with his policies, from members of his own party and from celebrities – his wife shrugs and moves on.

In her seven-minute “farewell message” video, Melania Trump said she was “humbled” to serve as first lady and called it “the greatest honour of my life.” She noted “all of the people I have taken home in my heart,” including soldiers, law enforcement officials, children, mothers, caregivers and all the nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals who have responded to the coronavirus pandemic.

She read from prepared remarks at a White House lectern and did not specifically address the Capitol riot or her husband’s role in stoking it, but she stressed her concern about violence. “Be passionate in everything you do,” she said. “But always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified.”

She urged Americans to “focus on what unites us,” and “to raise above what divides us, to always choose love over hatred, peace over violence and others before yourself”.

“Together, as one national family, we can continue to be the light of hope for future generations and carry on America’s legacy of rising our nation to greater heights through our spirit of courage, goodness and fate,” she said.

The video was designed in part to separate herself from the President’s pugilistic tone, according to a White House aide. Some had hoped that she would at least mention, if not welcome, incoming first lady Jill Biden, but she did not.

After she departs the White House with her husband on Wednesday, local time, she plans to duck out of the spotlight for a while, friends said. But she plans on resurrecting her Be Best campaign that focused on children’s well-being, including raising awareness of the dangers of cyberbullying and opioids and other drugs.

“She plans to continue and expand it,” said Kellyanne Conway, a former White House adviser who has stayed in touch with her. “She knows her input and influence on her legacy issues can be greater outside the White House.”

Melania Trump has been told that she will have fewer restrictions and a freer hand to do what she wants once she is no longer first lady. Paolo Zampolli, a businessman and former modelling agent who introduced Melania Knauss to Trump in the 1990s, said she is determined to grow Be Best and “continue all the work she did for children”.

The soon-to-be-former first lady also is expected to be involved in the site selection, planning and design of the Trump presidential library, which probably will be located in Florida.

Her stepdaughter Ivanka Trump also has expressed interest in the library and has bought a home in Florida. From the start of the Trump administration, Melania and Ivanka Trump clashed. Before Melania officially moved into the White House, Ivanka Trump told people that she would like the first lady’s office to be renamed the “first family’s office”. Both women also wanted to decorate the Oval Office – in very different styles – until the President stepped in and cancelled both plans.

Ivanka Trump, left, and Melania Trump, pictured in 2017 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Credit:AP

“The library location has not even been scouted yet, but Ivanka has made her interest clear,” said one person aware of the discussions. “As usual, Melania will have to contend with the other family members.”

In addition to Barron, President Trump has three children from his first marriage – Ivanka, Don jnr and Eric – and one daughter, Tiffany, from his second marriage.

Melania Trump had hoped her husband would win in November: She campaigned for him, flying in the final days before the election to key states, including Wisconsin, where she called Trump’s first impeachment a “sham” and described Biden as a “socialist”. But while President Trump spent two months disputing the election results, his wife accepted that Biden had won.

Conway said the first lady has urged the President to end his “stop the steal” campaign that alleged voter fraud, and that Melania Trump did not support holding the January 6 rally.

“She was against the protracted challenge to the election results, especially after the results were certified,” Conway said. “I know she was against the [January 6] rally and saying things to him. I think she thought it was futile and possibly chaotic. She was the only family member who was not there.”

According to Conway, the first lady was complying with requests for record-keeping regarding items at the White House and not watching television when a mob first breached the Capitol. When she saw what was happening, she urged her husband to intervene and end the riot.

Melania Trump wants to be seen as independent from her husband, but how successful she will be at that task is unclear. Although she did not support the President’s false claims that the election was stolen from him, she has over the years backed up other highly controversial claims by her husband, including his “birther” conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and therefore not a legitimate president.

The first lady also remained silent for several days after the deadly riot, then sounded absorbed with her own image at a time of national crisis in a statement she released January 11. “I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me,” she wrote, while calling for a national “healing”.

MaryAnne Borrelli, a professor of government at Connecticut College, said it is going to be difficult for the first lady to separate herself from a President impeached for inciting violence at the Capitol. “We don’t know all she has done behind the scenes,” Borelli said, but people know she did not invite Jill Biden to the White House and joined her husband in abandoning other “powerful political symbols of the transfer of power”.

Michelle Obama, left, and Barack Obama, right, welcomed Melania and Donald Trump to the White House for Trump's inauguration in 2017.

Michelle Obama, left, and Barack Obama, right, welcomed Melania and Donald Trump to the White House for Trump’s inauguration in 2017.Credit:Bloomberg

Someone who has known Melania Trump for many years said people forget that she became a US citizen when she was 26. She is the first spouse of a president who did not grow up speaking English and was raised modestly in a socialist country. As an old friend said, no matter how bad some days in the White House were, it was still “a dream come true”.

“Over the last four years, my family has had the immense honour of being able to call the ‘People’s House’ our home,” Melania Trump said in a separate statement released on Monday that was aimed at raising awareness of the renovations she oversaw in the White House.

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Widely criticised for focusing her efforts on the White House tennis court while people were dying in the coronavirus pandemic, this time she addressed the “devastating and unexpected loss of life” and hardship, and said that “as a result, it was with a great sensitivity to the wider national backdrop that I unveiled two long-planned projects on the White House grounds”.

Her parents, who have been a constant presence with her in the White House, also are moving to Palm Beach, Florida. While the President’s team waged legal battles alleging widespread fraud, the first lady, who has a considerable wardrobe and shoe collection, began packing shortly after the November election.

It may come as no surprise then that, according to several people who know the couple, Melania Trump is far more mentally ready for the post-presidency than her husband.

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First Lady speaks after US Capitol riots and impeachment bid


Outgoing US First Lady Melania Trump has made a swipe at President Donald Trump’s supporters, saying she is “disappointed” and “disheartened” by the Capitol City riot that rocked Washington DC last week.

In one of her most revealing statements of her four-year stint, Melania thanked the “millions” of Americans who had supported her and her husband and said it had been the “honour of my lifetime to serve as your First Lady”.

She described the events at the US Capitol as “tragic” and hit back at “salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks and false misleading accusations on me”.

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What those “accusations” are is unclear, though she copped criticism on Friday after CNN revealed the First Lady was overseeing a photo shoot during the siege for a coffee-table book and appeared “disinterested” by the chaos gripping the country.

Her detachment in addressing the country was indicative of being “checked out”, said another White House source, who added, “she just isn’t in a place mentally or emotionally anymore where she wants to get involved”, the publication reported.

Mrs Trump’s former friend and Adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff also slammed the First Lady, penning a scathing op-ed accusing her of standing by while the president destroyed America.

Mrs Trump hit back, claiming she was a target by people who are “looking to be relevant and have an agenda”.

She said her “heart goes out to” those killed during the violent riot and that she is “disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week”.

“This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain.

“Our Nation must heal in a civil manner. Make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred on our Nation’s Capitol. Violence is never acceptable.”

She called on all Americans “to take a moment, pause, and look at things from all perspectives”.

“I implore people to stop the violence, never make assumptions based on the colour of a person’s skin or use differing political ideologies as a basis for aggression and viciousness. We must listen to one another, focus on what unites us, and rise above what divides us.

“It is inspiring to see that so many have found a passion and enthusiasm in participating in an election, but we must not allow that passion to turn to violence. Our path forward is to come together, find our commonalities, and be the kind and strong people that I know we are.”

Most importantly, she said: “I ask for healing, grace, understanding, and peace for our great Nation.”

She spent much of the statement reflecting on the “terrible pandemic” COVID-19 and the devastating effect it has had on her country with her husband in charge.

“Like all of you, I have reflected on the past year and how the invisible enemy, COVID-19, swept across our beautiful country,” she said in the statement, titled Our Path Forward.

“It is these defining moments that we will look back and tell our grandchildren that through empathy, strength, and determination, we were able to restore the promise of our future.

“Each of you are the backbone of this country. You are the people who continue to make the United States of America what it is, and who have the incredible responsibility of preparing our future generations to leave everything better than they found it.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, along with US Democrats, said they would push to remove Mr Trump from office during the final days of his administration after his supporters’ violent attack on the Capitol, with some Republicans supporting the move.

The President could face a historic second impeachment before the January 20 inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden, at a time when the United States is hit by a surging pandemic, a flagging economy and searing division.

House of Representatives Speaker Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, said there would be a resolution calling for the cabinet to remove Mr Trump as unfit for office under the Constitution’s 25th amendment.

In an interview with 60 Minutes US overnight, Ms Pelosi described the President as “deranged, unhinged, and dangerous”.

“We’re only a number of days until we can be protected from him but he has done something so serious that there should be prosecution against him”.

If Vice President Mike Pence does not agree to invoke the amendment, “we will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation” in the House, Ms Pelosi said earlier.

“As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action,” she added.

Mr Trump was already impeached once by the Democrati-controlled House in December 2019 for pressuring the Ukrainian president to dig up political dirt on Biden.

He was acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate.

Though time is running short, Democrats likely have the votes in the House to impeach Mr Trump again and could draw increased Republican support for the move, AFP reports.

But they are unlikely to muster the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump in the 100-member Senate and remove him from office.

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Most social media users were frustrated, arguing that the announcement was out of place given the tough period Americans are experiencing due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

First Lady Melania Trump took to Twitter on Monday to say that the construction of the new tennis pavilion has been completed at the White House.

In addition to replacing a smaller pavilion with a larger construction on the south grounds, the renovation included brushing up the old tennis court and children’s garden. The project follows a previous redesign of the Rose Garden, initiated by the First Lady in August.

​Netizens were, however, not impressed with the new tennis facility, accusing the First Lady of hypocrisy, as Americans are struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic. Some users even drew a dramatic comparison with French queen Marie Antoinette, who neglected the plight of her citizens as they were starving.

Others complained that taxpayer money was being wasted on the project, though the administration said it was funded by private donations.

Likewise, the first lady’s renovation of the Rose Garden was also described on social media as resembling something Marie Antoinette would do, with users criticising the new design for being too plain and even boring, compared to what Jackie Kennedy’s version looked like.





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The ghost of Lady Chatterley’s lover protecting today’s feeble-minded


He became an icon to some and an effigy to others for suggesting that dominance hierarchies are as old as evolution. This is where the lobsters come in. Peterson uses their territorial and mating habits as an archetype of the behaviours that play out across different species, including humanity. He urges readers not to behave like a defeated lobster, but to change their habits – to literally stand up straight – to create a positive feedback loop that will improve their brain chemistry and set them on the path of success.

Among the most surprisingly controversial of Peterson’s recommendations is the idea that you should “clean up your own room”. It seems he hit a raw nerve with activists when he added: “I don’t know how you can protest the entire economic structure of the world if you can’t keep your room organised.”

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It is interesting to contrast the reaction to Peterson with the reaction to another book Penguin released the same year as 12 Rules. Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility has triggered no anguish within staff ranks. It is also a type of self-help book, which encourages white people to see everything through a prism of race in order to become actively anti-racist. DiAngelo’s central point, that we are often blind to the structures we are socialised into, is sound. She argues that, as a consequence of this socialisation, white people can’t help being racist. It seems she knows a lot of people who recite anti-racist mantras but have never engaged with the intrinsic and extrinsic barriers to change. She therefore takes this hypocrisy to be typical of all white people and charges companies up to $US30,000 a session to lecture their employees on it.

That is not to say she is insincere. DiAngelo’s personal anecdotes repeatedly describe situations in which she has behaved badly toward black people in her life, or had racist thoughts. She seeks atonement for her own racism in foisting a very Catholic concept of the indelible stain of whiteness on those who are Caucasian by birth or have been conferred honorary whiteness by virtue of their success as a race. Mind you, the idea she perpetuates of whiteness as equated with success is a pernicious piece of racism in itself. For what it’s worth, DiAngelo is Jewish.

So the great irony of these two self-help books is that their authors seem to need them most. But neither seem particularly helped by the insights in their defining tomes. Granted, Robin DiAngelo has faired better, taking in tens of thousands consulting fees off the back of her bestseller, while Peterson spiralled into anxiety and dependence following the release of his.

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Nonetheless, they have made a big impact in the Western world. Contrasting the theses of the books offers us a window into the new political alignments taking form. If Peterson’s core thesis is “we must fix ourselves”, DiAngelo’s thesis is “we must fix other people”.

This perhaps explains why the authors have been labelled conservative and progressive respectively, or at least why people identifying with these classifications gravitate towards the author with whom they perceive themselves as aligning. Penguin junior staff are drawn to the notion of fixing a radicalised father or protecting a non-binary friend from being “negatively affected”.

Mervyn Griffith-Jones, the barrister who led the prosecution of Penguin over the publication of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, would have approved. As he announced in his opening statement, the novel was not something “you would even wish your wife or servants to read”.

This notion that we must guard the supposedly feeble-minded and less educated under our protection from ideas that might lead them into dissent from our own worldview sits comfortably with the demands of the Penguin activists. The circle of history is almost complete; both the publisher and the lobster might be surprised at the side of history they’ve ended up occupying.

Parnell Palme McGuinness is managing director, strategy and policy, at strategic communications firm Agenda C.

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The ghost of Lady Chatterley’s lover protecting today’s feeble-minded


He became an icon to some and an effigy to others for suggesting that dominance hierarchies are as old as evolution. This is where the lobsters come in. Peterson uses their territorial and mating habits as an archetype of the behaviours that play out across different species, including humanity. He urges readers not to behave like a defeated lobster, but to change their habits – to literally stand up straight – to create a positive feedback loop that will improve their brain chemistry and set them on the path of success.

Among the most surprisingly controversial of Peterson’s recommendations is the idea that you should “clean up your own room”. It seems he hit a raw nerve with activists when he added: “I don’t know how you can protest the entire economic structure of the world if you can’t keep your room organised.”

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It is interesting to contrast the reaction to Peterson with the reaction to another book Penguin released the same year as 12 Rules. Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility has triggered no anguish within staff ranks. It is also a type of self-help book, which encourages white people to see everything through a prism of race in order to become actively anti-racist. DiAngelo’s central point, that we are often blind to the structures we are socialised into, is sound. She argues that, as a consequence of this socialisation, white people can’t help being racist. It seems she knows a lot of people who recite anti-racist mantras but have never engaged with the intrinsic and extrinsic barriers to change. She therefore takes this hypocrisy to be typical of all white people and charges companies up to $US30,000 a session to lecture their employees on it.

That is not to say she is insincere. DiAngelo’s personal anecdotes repeatedly describe situations in which she has behaved badly toward black people in her life, or had racist thoughts. She seeks atonement for her own racism in foisting a very Catholic concept of the indelible stain of whiteness on those who are Caucasian by birth or have been conferred honorary whiteness by virtue of their success as a race. Mind you, the idea she perpetuates of whiteness as equated with success is a pernicious piece of racism in itself. For what it’s worth, DiAngelo is Jewish.

So the great irony of these two self-help books is that their authors seem to need them most. But neither seem particularly helped by the insights in their defining tomes. Granted, Robin DiAngelo has faired better, taking in tens of thousands consulting fees off the back of her bestseller, while Peterson spiralled into anxiety and dependence following the release of his.

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Nonetheless, they have made a big impact in the Western world. Contrasting the theses of the books offers us a window into the new political alignments taking form. If Peterson’s core thesis is “we must fix ourselves”, DiAngelo’s thesis is “we must fix other people”.

This perhaps explains why the authors have been labelled conservative and progressive respectively, or at least why people identifying with these classifications gravitate towards the author with whom they perceive themselves as aligning. Penguin junior staff are drawn to the notion of fixing a radicalised father or protecting a non-binary friend from being “negatively affected”.

Mervyn Griffith-Jones, the barrister who led the prosecution of Penguin over the publication of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, would have approved. As he announced in his opening statement, the novel was not something “you would even wish your wife or servants to read”.

This notion that we must guard the supposedly feeble-minded and less educated under our protection from ideas that might lead them into dissent from our own worldview sits comfortably with the demands of the Penguin activists. The circle of history is almost complete; both the publisher and the lobster might be surprised at the side of history they’ve ended up occupying.

Parnell Palme McGuinness is managing director, strategy and policy, at strategic communications firm Agenda C.

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Biden wins Dixville Notch; Twitter gags Trump’s violence prediction; Trump a ‘two-bit dictator’, says Obama; Lady Gaga joins Biden; More than 93 million have already voted


Iran’s supreme leader has mocked the US presidential election in a televised address, quoting President Donald Trump’s own baseless claims about voter fraud to criticise the vote.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 81, reiterated a long-standing Iranian position that it didn’t matter whether Mr Trump or Joe Biden wins the vote, despite high stakes for the Islamic Republic over oil and nuclear negotiations.

“The incumbent president, who is supposed to hold the elections, says this is the most-rigged US election throughout history,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, not acknowledging that individual US states run the vote. “Who says this? The sitting president who is arranging the elections himself. His opponent says Trump intends to widely cheat. This is American democracy.”

“Such an empire will not last long. It’s obvious that when a regime reaches this point, it will not live for much longer and will be destroyed,” he added.

“Of course, some of them if they take office will destroy America sooner, and some others if elected will cause America to be destroyed a bit later.”

In this picture released by an official website, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech marking the birthday of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, in Tehran, Iran, November 3, 2020. (Image: AP)



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