Oct 18, 2021 • 1HR 4M

Episode 86: More Dave Chappelle Fallout And An Astonishing Scandal In Loudoun County, Virginia

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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.
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Katie and Jesse follow up with just a bit more KidneyGate discussion, then talk about Netflix employees’ reactions to Dave Chappelle’s special. The second half is an in-depth look at an astonishingly bad scandal in the Loudoun County, Virginia public schools. This is the public version of the episode — if you’re a premium subscriber and want to comment on the private version, click here. (Image via Haley Milon Bour of Loudoun Now.)

Show notes/Links:

Shoutout to ChocoRaisinBoi: https://www.reddit.com/r/BlockedAndReported/comments/q6njk1/so_you_dont_have_to_listen_for_15_minutes/

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The meme’s origin: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/friendship-ended-with-mudasir

Do we owe an apology to Dawn Dorland?: https://www.reddit.com/r/BlockedAndReported/comments/q85brs/pod_owes_an_apology_to_dawn_dorland/

KidneyGate account, which is worth following: https://twitter.com/kidneygate

Great tweetstorm on class element of KidneyGate — thanks to listener Katherine on our site for pointing it out:

Terra Field tweetstorm:

Pretty misleading headlines:

Ted Sarandos denies that Netflix content causes real-world harm: https://variety.com/2021/film/news/ted-sarandos-dave-chappelle-defense-1235088647/

Netflix fires walkout leader for leaking data: https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/15/22728337/netflix-fires-organizer-trans-employee-walkout-dave-chappelle

Loudoun County 2016 and 2020 election results:

https://results.elections.virginia.gov/vaelections/2020%20November%20General/Site/Presidential.html

https://results.elections.virginia.gov/vaelections/2020%20November%20General/Site/Presidential.html

Antiracist enemies list: https://wtop.com/loudoun-county/2021/03/parents-group-says-theyve-been-targeted-for-opposition-to-teachings-of-racial-equality-in-loudoun-co-schools/

Gym teacher who doesn’t want to abide the new rules: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/loudoun-teacher-transgender-pronouns-cross/2021/06/08/567edf5e-c7b5-11eb-a11b-6c6191ccd599_story.html

Local coverage of school board meeting chaos: https://wjla.com/news/local/loudoun-county-school-leaders-board-meeting

https://loudounnow.com/2021/09/24/loudoun-school-board-tightens-reins-on-public-commenters/

Fairly clear video of entire Scott Smith altercation:

CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/24/us/loudoun-county-school-board-meeting/index.html

New gender-identity policy passes in August: https://www.loudountimes.com/news/loudoun-school-board-passes-transgender-policy-8040/article_6a583872-faff-11eb-9a3f-e7f735eb41ab.html

National School Boards Association letter to Joe Biden calling for his administration to use the PATRIOT Act and other tools to rein in out-of-control school-board protesters: https://nsba.org/-/media/NSBA/File/nsba-letter-to-president-biden-concerning-threats-to-public-schools-and-school-board-members-92921.pdf

Explosive Daily Wire story (paywalled): https://www.dailywire.com/news/loudoun-county-schools-tried-to-conceal-sexual-assault-against-daughter-in-bathroom-father-says

Newsweek followup: https://www.newsweek.com/loudoun-county-school-assaults-students-1638899

Washington Post followup: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/loudoun-schools-sex-assault-allegations/2021/10/13/02d3f144-2c61-11ec-8ef6-3ca8fe943a92_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/loudoun-virginia-school-assault-apology/2021/10/15/10853e8e-2ddc-11ec-8ef6-3ca8fe943a92_story.html

Beth Berts is out (happened after we recorded): https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/loudoun-school-board-member-beth-barts-resigns-her-position/2021/10/15/87608c52-2deb-11ec-8ef6-3ca8fe943a92_story.html