Tom Cotton Mocked for Anti-PC Rant That Washington Monument Could Be Renamed ‘Obelisk of Wokeness’
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) was mocked for a rant in Congress on Thursday that hysterically warned the Washington Monument might be renamed the “Obelisk of Wokeness” as part of a campaign of political correctness run amok by the left. Almost instantly, the phrase went viral — but not in the laughing-with-you kind of way.
Cotton has been in the news since his New York Times op-ed entitled “Send In The Troops” led to outrage from the Times staff, changes to the publication’s opinion workflow, and, ultimately, led to editorial page editor James Bennet’s resignation.
On Thursday, Cotton went on a tirade in the Senate that began with denouncing “cancel culture” and quickly turned into the senator reciting those cultural programs “who aren’t safe” from the “woke mob.” A&E’s recently cancelled Live PD, the Nickelodeon kids’ show Paw Patrol, and Gone With The Wind, which HBOMax recently pulled out of its online catalog, were among the many victims called out by Cotton.
The woke mob never misses an opportunity to be offended.
‘Live P.D.’ and ‘Cops’ have been cancelled.
Even Nickelodeon’s cartoon ‘Paw Patrol’ isn’t safe, as Cancel Culture acolytes called to euthanize Chase, the show’s police dog, on social media.
What will they cancel next? pic.twitter.com/JNZUJDxz0T
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) June 11, 2020
“The idea that we all need safe spaces from mean words,” Cotton said. “Trigger warnings on op-eds or TV shows that might constitute a microaggression. This is the language of the campus social justice seminar but increasingly it’s the language of our workplace.”
“Are we going to tear the Washington Monument down?” Cotton continued. “Are we going to rename it the Obelisk of Wokeness?”
Cotton’s threatened “woke” name for the capital’s most recognizable structure quickly enjoyed a mock embrace online.
Fact: The Obelisk of Wokeness is the world’s tallest and wokest obelisk. Originally called the Washington Monument it was renamed to celebrate the defeat of Donald Trump & his racist minions in 2020. https://t.co/kgibOPybmB
— Gary Shteyngart (@Shteyngart) June 11, 2020
You have to admit that Obelisk of Wokeness sounds cool as hell https://t.co/bBcVDcE3eR
— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) June 11, 2020
Obelisk of Wokeness
+5 to hit against fucking nerds https://t.co/WtLZBw00Tv
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) June 12, 2020
No Tom. We can always shove it up your….
Back to our regularly scheduled program ..
“The Obelisk of Wokeness” sounds like an album the B52s regretted recording.#symbolicsvssystemics https://t.co/5EzUr73DDw
— Michael W. Twitty (@KosherSoul) June 11, 2020
I’m pretty sure Obelisk of Wokeness is favored to win the Preakness this year.
— Mark Pitcavage (@egavactip) June 11, 2020
we will offer up sacrifices to the Obelisk of Wokeness https://t.co/eDT9mrsRZj
— Matt Binder worships at the Obelisk of Wokeness (@MattBinder) June 12, 2020
Obelisk of Wokeness is the title of my sex tape. BOOM https://t.co/hgCMXUdV8k
— rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman) June 12, 2020
I like the Obelisk of Wokeness’s old stuff but their new stuff is kinda mainstream
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) June 11, 2020
— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) June 12, 2020
I can just imagine the teachers yelling “STOP pretending that the Obelisk of Wokeness is your penis, Jeremy” https://t.co/KQAM6QNlYk
— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) June 11, 2020
Obelisk of Wokeness sounds like the name of a mid-00s alternative punk band I’d be interested in listening to https://t.co/KbwYovKLQk
— Isaac K. Lee (@IsaacKLee) June 12, 2020
I kept close tabs on Tom Cotton’s 2014 campaign while I lived in Arkansas and I can confidently say that this is pretty much the way he has always been. https://t.co/TeHmMOZjrx
— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) June 12, 2020
Starting a metal band named Obelisk of Wokeness and our first single, “Fascist Scum,” will be dedicated to Tom Cotton. https://t.co/swaqBrdSJO
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 12, 2020
“Get in loser, we’re going to obelisk of wokeness” pic.twitter.com/PxLJ3BZa6T
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) June 12, 2020
I’ve always called the monument “Washington’s Wang,” but I gotta say that Obelisk of Wokeness sounds pretty damn dope. https://t.co/RLDXTX4o0a
— Allison Robicelli (@robicellis) June 12, 2020
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