This week on Middle Theory, a shooting that occurred at YouTube headquarters in Mountain View, California, has raised questions about the stereotypes about mass shootings and the perpetrators involved.
As we kick things off, we recall fondly the government’s Got Milk campaign that saved a dying dairy industry, and pumped billions of gallons of unhealthy products into the American population. In retrospect, while it remains one of the most memorable and influential ad campaigns of all time, questions can be raised about some of the health concerns associated with dairy products like cow’s milk, which are still recommended for daily consumption despite health problems they may cause some individuals.
We then shift our attention over to Michelle Obama’s recent speech in Boston, and some questions raised in the Q&A afterward which pertain to her political aspirations, as well as whether Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 election had been a societal problem in America where even many women “weren’t comfortable” voting for a woman as president. Is it really the public’s (and some women’s) fault that Hillary lost… or could some of it have to do with… wait for it… the candidate?
Then turning our attention to the recent shooting atYouTube headquarters in Mountain View, California, we look at the circumstances surrounding a female shooter of middle-eastern descent, who self-identified as a female bodybuilder and animal rights advocate. An atypical profile among most perpetrators in American shooting incidents, it has raised questions about the stereotypes that exist about mass shootings and those involved; on Op-Ed piece in the UK warned that focusing on the gender and political views of the shooter is ‘feeding right into the Republican agenda’, while some commentators are warning that news agencies like CNN were providing “sexist” coverage of YouTube Shooting by preemptively asserting that the shooter’s motives must have been something akin to a “love triangle” or another personal issue. Meanwhile, what do some of the leading magazines and publications on women’s issues related to health and other subjects have to say about female mass shooters?
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- Betty June (HHoH)
- Sean O’Neal
- Daniel Baumberger
- Rebecca Frey
- Jennie Vongvith
- Rune Erickson
- Robert Walshe
- Mark Stephan
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Finally, here are links to stories addressed on this week’s program:
- Woman ‘shoots her boyfriend before killing herself’ at YouTube HQ, injuring four people
- Police say shooter’s anger over YouTube policies ‘appears to be the motive’
- Police talked with YouTube shooter hours before attack — and say they didn’t notice anything disturbing
- YouTube shooting: Suspect visited shooting range before attack
- How Common Are Female Mass Shooters?
- African American News Network (MTO News) claims YouTube shooter was “Transgender”
- CNN Criticized for “Sexist” Coverage of YouTube Shooting
- “If you’re focusing on the YouTube shooter’s politics and dietary choices, you’re feeding right into the Republican agenda”
- Takeaways from Michelle Obama’s speech in Boston
- Government’s Got Milk campaign that saved a dying dairy industry,