I’ve mostly avoided using the term snowflakes to describe temper-tantrum throwing, indoctrinated leftist youths. I don’t like it very much for some reason. I think it’s because snowflakes are gentle and have a beautiful intelligence about them. College students on the left are not that. They’re raging with hatred for the white race and for Western civilization.
Yesterday, I saw some Tweets that claimed that “snowflakes” originally referred to the ashes of dead Jews floating in the air above Nazi crematoria.
Today, the British Independent has come up with an alternative explanation for how the word is used today.
Though it’s become a go-to slur for Trump supporters sounding off on Fox News, the term ‘snowflake’ started out among the Left, a way of criticising its own for being too sensitive, too easily outraged and too entitled.
If it rings a bell, it’s because it originated in Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club novel, the Tyler Durden line being notably emphasised in David Fincher’s 1999 film adaptation.
Asked about the popularisation of the term by the Evening Standard, Palahniuk said: “It does come from Fight Club. There is a line, ‘You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.’”
You could argue the film is about rejecting the kind of slacktivism that is widespread today in favour of actual action (albeit the pyromaniacal kind). Palahniuk does take issue with this generation’s mindset.
“There is a kind of new Victorianism,” he said. “Every generation gets offended by different things but my friends who teach in high school tell me that their students are very easily offended.”
He believes in the face of a renewed Right under Trump, the Left needs to change its approach.
“The modern Left is always reacting to things, once they get their show on the road culturally they will stop being so offended.” He claimed, though added: “That’s just my bullsh*t opinion.”
Snopes claims to debunk the Nazi explanation that was trending on Monday. Interestingly, that site offers a explanation that “snowflakes” was an insult applied to white southerners who in antebellum times supported slavery for blacks.
Whatever its origins, snowflake seems like a mild insult compared to other insults, such as sewer rats, vermin, retards, mental cripples, wackos, libtards, libturds, crybabies, etc.