Shapiro: Loser in Great Hashtag War of 2014 is Obama foreign policy

By KTTH | May 14, 2014

Over at, KTTH host Ben Shapiro has written a perfect dissection of the Great Hashtag War of 2014.

If you’ve been hiding in your bunker, the hashtag war is raging between conservatives criticizing Michelle Obama’s #BringBackOurGirls tweet – with the famous photo featuring her dour expression – and liberals cruelly vandalizing an image of Ann Coulter holding a sign with the hashtag #BringBackOurCountry.

Shapiro makes the case that world leaders using a hashtag to feign that they care about something is ridiculous, especially since they’re the ones who are actually in a position to do something about suffering and injustice.

“Now, there were those who argued that hashtagging by world leaders was not merely useless but counterproductive. They argued that hashtag foreign policy projected a sense of Western impotence combined with an overweening sense of unearned moral superiority that comes from sounding off in public. They said that when a former secretary of state neglected to label Boko Haram a terrorist group during her tenure, but tweeted out #BringBackOurGirls, that demonstrated the pathetic weakness of the Obama administration.

“They opined that it was one thing for powerless people in Nigeria to push a hashtag campaign in an attempt to prompt action from authorities, but quite another for the authorities themselves to ignore action in favor of hashtagging.

“But that missed the point: Awareness was raised. People in authority demonstrated their outrage at kidnapping and sex slavery. Not enough to actually do anything useful, of course, but enough to publicly express that outrage. And now that we all know their feelings on the subject, we can go home happy.

Read Shapiro’s entire Obama hashtag takedown at TruthRevolt. 



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