A conservative blogger is taking issue with the information placards at cultural destinations in Chicago, claiming they present a partisan point of view.
A week after Megan Fox attracted 1 million YouTube views with her rant against the “bias and lies” on display at a local museum, the self-described "homeschooling mom" is at it again with a visit to a popular zoo.
Fox, whose Twitter bio says she is a “thorn in the side of fascist-fems,” found plenty of things to critique at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo. In video clips from the outing, Fox repeatedly accuses the zoo of having an “anti-human prejudice” because it focuses on conservation efforts instead of merely sharing basic information about the animals on display.
“Humans are bad, humans are baaaaad, very bad!” Fox says of the zoo's language about primates being at risk of extinction due to hunting and the destruction of tropical forests. (Just an aside here, the clearing of forests and the hunting of primates for food and wildlife trade are the principal threats facing the species, according to conservationists.)
Fox goes on to criticize a display on water conservation as being “propaganda” -- “What does that have to do with the zoo!?” -- as well as another “fear-mongering” display on palm oil use contributing to the destruction of the environments where orangutans live. (Environmentalists have found that the production of palm oil, used in a wide range of products from soaps to margarine, has contributed to deforestation and chemical pollution in Indonesia and Malaysia, the two countries where the bulk of it is sourced.)
In the monkey house, Fox is incredulous at the sight of a “hilarious” drawing of a human boy sitting next to an illustration of a monkey on a display about the diets of primates. "They're pushing a Darwinist theory onto everyone who walks through here," she says. "They're equating human beings with monkeys, even going so far as to have this guy sit like a monkey." (Though a surprising number of Americans don’t believe in it, the consensus of the scientific community sides with evolution.)
“It’s all political nonsense!" an exasperated Fox says in another clip. "If you are not on that side of the fence, if you don’t believe the world is ending and the world is going to burn because of human interference, if you don’t believe that, well you’re out on a limb because that’s what everything is geared toward and that worldview has overtaken these institutions that everyone should be able to enjoy!”
In an email interview with The Huffington Post, Fox reiterated her frustration with the zoo’s info displays, which she feels do not do the animals justice.
"If the goal is really to convince kids to dedicate themselves to caring about and protecting these marvelous creatures then why not connect the kids emotionally to these wonders by highlighting what special things they can do and why they enrich our planet by being here?” Fox wrote. “I believe that would be a far more effective use of the Zoo's marketing budget and exhibit space than an outdated, 1990s-looking guilt trip about how bad humans are. People don't go to the zoo for guilt trips. They go to the zoo to celebrate and wonder at animals.”
She added that she plans to continue her audits of Chicago museums and cultural institutions to “[raise] questions about the Leftist bias and political propaganda shoehorned into their exhibits.”
Fox has also received media coverage lately as she and three associates are being sued by a librarian at the Orland Park Public Library. The librarian alleges Fox has made defamatory statements about her as part of an ongoing crusade against the suburban library, which the Chicago Tribune reports has paid more than $125,000 in legal fees to deal with Fox’s accusations concerning the library’s policy on users accessing pornographic images.
H/T Death and Taxes