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Outrageous Right-Wing Rant: ‘Shirley Temple Black’s Death Virtually Unnoticed Because She Did Not Twerk’

Grove City College professor Paul Kengor recently lamented that America’s ‘ungodly’ obsessions with twerking and Miley Cyrus are leading to the downfall of the nation. The proof, he claimed, is that Americans failed to pay proper tribute to  squeaky clean child star and diplomat Shirley Temple Black’s death.

Black died one week ago at age 85 at her home in California. In tribute to the former child star and lifelong Republican supporter, the New York Times ran a feature-length article and memorial photo gallery, NPR ran a feature on the star and her Bojangles co-star, and the Washington Post emphasized Black’s political achievements in their memorial post.

People Magazine also ran a featured story in which Black’s family thanked the millions of fans for their support.

“Our family is so appreciative of the amazing outpouring of affection for our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother,” the family told said in a statement to the magazine.

Yet according to Kengor, the death of Shirley Temple Black went virtually unreported. “Reports on her death were easy to miss,” he wrote. “I went through my usual scan of various websites and saw nothing. I fortunately caught a buried “Shirley Temple, R.I.P.” by a writer at a political website,” he said.

He continued by claiming that the reason no one paid any attention to Black’s passing was that the country is too self-involved with ‘ungodly’ interests.

“Our culture is too obsessed with Miley Cyrus and gay marriage to give proper recognition to a woman who was one of the most acclaimed, respected, and even cherished Americans, a household name to children and adults alike,” Kengor stressed.

He concluded that the reason Black was not honored was that unlike today’s stars, she did not give into the current craze of cultural depravity and twerking.

“Shirley doesn’t pole dance or “twerk.” She doesn’t do a darling little strip tease for the boys while singing ‘Good Ship, Lollipop.’” he noted, pointing out that her clean-cut style put her out of step with American culture today.

“Had Shirley Temple died 50 years ago, or even 30 years ago, the country would have stopped,” Kengor demanded. “It would have been the lead in every newspaper,” he continued, in an attempt to link the child star’s passing to his argument on the decline of American values.

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  • Diane Rhodes

    Depravity is taking this lovely woman’s passing and using it to further a ridiculous, repressive agenda.

  • Aloanstar

    I saw plenty of reports and heart broken fans on the websites I read daily. I find that pretty incredible, since she hasn’t been in movies in over 70 years. Much of her fan base has died, so to still have an outpouring was pretty amazing after that much time has passed. Maybe the right-wing websites he visits didn’t have much….he should try the “liberal media” next time.

    • Thomas W. Yale

      Actually, her last film was A Kiss for Corliss in 1949, before she formally retired from movies on December 16, 1950. She also made numerous television appearances until she became active in politics in 1967. Nevertheless, the outpouring was amazing.

      • Aloanstar

        Oh, sorry….missed it by 6 years. My point was that people did mourn her dying, especially for an actress that has been out of the spotlight. I don’t really consider her political life, because at that point I disagreed with her on too many issues, but she was probably the cutest child actor I have ever liked.

        • Thomas W. Yale

          I agree.

  • nidur

    Maybe they’ll play some of her songs in slow motion, backwards, and claim to notice a warning from her about Obama’s coming in the future. It’s terrible to take the death of this tremendously gifted, fine woman, and use it to make a (false) political point.

  • Isaiah Liggins

    He’s not smart enough to realize that she was of a generation where most people under 40 or 50 don’t really know who she was. Anything to point fingers. It’s sad that he would use the passing of a beautiful lady to espouse hate. Her family should denounce him (publicly) and shame hime him for using her death for his personal views. Tsk, tsk.

  • glogrrl

    Oh.My.God. The national median age is 36.8 years……most of them don’t know who she is! I heard it on NPR, MSNBC, network stations, read it in newspapers and magazines….where does this idiot live? Under a rock? Is there ANYTHING about modern life these pathetic ignoramuses won’t exploit for a few minutes of recognition?

  • AnonyMouse

    Bitter old goat.

  • Patrick Nance

    I posted it within an hour of the report of her passing.. and I could care less about Miley Cyrus et al… yet I am a liberal and would pass for a normal human of 60+ years. 30 or 50 years ago her passing would not have been a national event… it would have been as it has been… doofus, this guy is…

  • jchastn

    Shirley Temple Black was a national treasure. A beloved child actress and important political figure and statesperson. Her death was highly publicized and she was mourned by the nation. This is another example of a Republican politician making up and issue out of thin air. Making up? I mean LYING.

  • David James

    He “checked the usual websites.” That’s the problem, had he picked up an actual newspaper or magazine, he would’ve seen that coverage of her passing was pretty widespread. You must visit more than just FOX websites.