When the pantheon of civil rights heroes is officially complete, who will be included among the famous names? Martin Luther King, Jr.? Abraham Lincoln? The Okee Dokee Brothers?
Well if that last name is unfamiliar to you then you’ve missed out on one of the latest heroes in America’s current BLM-fueled anti-racism era -- or as we conservatives like to call it -- the slow suicide of western civilization. According to conservative outlet The Daily Wire, Grammy nominated children’s music group, The Okee Dokee Brothers -- along with two other acts -- declined their Grammy noms because the award category did not include artists of color.
The outlet reported on January 4 that three acts declined their respective “2021 Best Children’s Album Grammy” nominations because none of five acts in the category included a person of color. In other words, three sets of white guys gave up their chance at winning a Grammy because of their skin color. Talk about obnoxious virtue signaling.
“Alastair Moock, Dog on Fleas, and the Okee Dokee Brothers all asserted that the dearth of nominees of color catalyzed them to turn down their nominations,” the Daily Wire claimed. Artist Alastair Moock, whose album was even about famous historical people of color “including The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Harvey Milk, and Rosa Parks,” stated, “After this year, to have an all-white slate of nominees seemed really tone-deaf.”
Wow, that’s brave. Though in his sacrifice, his album -- which could have imparted lessons about people of color -- might not receive the wide acclaim it could have gotten. “But I don’t want it like this, where the playing field’s not even,” Moock added. Well we hope the adulations from woke Twitter felt better than a Grammy.
The Okee Dokee Brothers, who won a Grammy in 2013 (when it was still somewhat appropriate for white men to be proud of their accomplishments) announced on January 4 that they would be declining their Grammy nomination as well.
In a tweet, the Brothers clarified that though they are impressed with the Recording Academy’s “new leaders” and their “thinking” on “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion,” they felt as though the institution “did not have strong representation from people of color on the Children’s Music Nomination Review Committee this year.” Again, why pursue success when being a loser for fraudulent and morally-flimsy causes can earn you as much or even more fame?
Joe Mailander, one of the two Okee Dokee Brothers, told NPR he “thought that it was the strongest thing we could do, to stand with people of color whose albums are too often left out of the Grammy nominations.”
The three children’s acts composed a joint statement for the Recording Academy, stating that they “couldn’t in good conscience benefit from a process that has historically overlooked women and artists of color.” Though a woman, Joanie Leeds, had been one of the nominees in their category. However Leeds accepted her nomination, and not without her own virtue signal. She stated, “I didn’t decline because my album is really about empowering young women. I mean, I have 20 women on my album. So for us, it was like it was kind of counter to our empowering women message to step down.”
Yeah yeah, they're all heroes. Every single one of them. Gag us.