Towards the end of the incredibly monotonous screed, McInnes even manages to go full “If you’re so tolerant, why won’t you tolerate my intolerance!” on his neighbors — a tactic that, shockingly enough, did not win them over.
Via Huffington Post:
What’s telling about the letter is that McInnes seems to argue that displaying an anti-hate sign is an inherent attack on his family.
“If you are liberal then you are, by definition, tolerant, and if you truly eschew hate, you know that loving your neighbor ― your actual neighbor ― is where tolerance begins,” he writes. “I am writing on behalf of my family to ask you to reconsider whether the message of your lawn sign moves our world and our village in the direction of love at all, or whether it sends a very different message instead.”
HuffPost spoke to several Larchmont residents who cited various reasons for displaying anti-hate signs in their neighborhood, not all of them having to do with McInnes. But they all agreed on one thing: McInnes is full of it.
“If you’re so tolerant, then put up a fucking sign in your yard, too, and stop being so narcissistic as to think that this is all about you,” said one resident.
Another said: “He thinks liberals are stupid and will buy into his B.S. ― as a ‘humorist,’ he should understand that the joke is on him!”
This is some extraordinarily entitled bullshit. Nearly everyone I know and love grew up being hated by the small towns they grew up in. Weird kids, POC who grew up in mostly white areas, LGBTQ kids… pretty much everywhere for a very long time. You didn’t see us writing any four page letters to our neighbors explaining to them that they were wrong to hate us. We just kept doing our own thing and waited until the promised day when we’d get to go live awesome lives and never have to deal with their bullshit again.
If any of us did, however, ever write such a letter, McInnes would be the first one calling us snowflakes and telling us we needed to toughen up and learn how to take a non-funny joke. He doesn’t like it when people who are not straight white men ask to be treated with common decency, but it’s a different thing entirely when he’s the one on the outs.