Mike Rowe is rapidly rivaling Chris Pratt for LwC’s biggest man-crush. If we had to choose between the two of them… well, we couldn’t… Anyway, it should come as no surprise that someone would ask Rowe, who’s known for his good-humored work ethic, what he thinks of MSNBC’s local idiot Melissa Harris Perry’s idiotic comments about calling someone a “hard worker” was demeaning to slaves.
It should be even less surprising Mike Rowe destroyed the sentiment in the best way possible, and you WILL believe it.
This business of conflating hard work with forced labor not only minimizes the importance of a decent work ethic, it diminishes the unspeakable horror of slavery. Unfortunately, people do this all the time. We routinely describe bosses as “slave-drivers,” and paychecks as “slave’s wages.” Melissa though, has come at it from the other side. She’s suggesting that because certain “hard workers” are not as prosperous as other “hard workers,” – like the people on her office wall – we should all be “super-careful” about overly-praising hard work.
I suspect this is because Melissa believes – as do many others – that success today is mostly a function of what she calls, “relative privilege.” This is fancy talk for the simple fact that life is unfair, and some people are born with more advantages than others. It’s also a fine way to prepare the unsuspecting viewer for the extraordinary suggestion that slavery is proof-positive that hard work doesn’t pay off.
Boom. Mike Rowe, it’s what’s for dinner.
He gets it, and we’re glad he’s championing work ethic. But isn’t it a little sad that someone has to defend the term “hard work”? The liberals are coming for everything you stand for, even the way you work “hard.” Next if you try to say you “work smart” they’ll call it something else. Maybe “racist” because it’s their go-to term. If not “racist” it’ll be anti-mentally disabled or something. It’s not fair that you work “smart” when others have to work “regular” or “hard.”
Keep working hard, Mike. We love you for it.