(Beware: there are spoilers!) On Wednesday night, the finale of the 14th season of America’s Got Talent revealed the champion to be musician Kodi Lee, a 22-year-old Californian with severe autism & blindness. No one was surprised; every time Kodi stepped on the stage, the live audience chanted his name (much to the chagrin of other contestants). America fell in love with him from the start.
Americans love an underdog story. Everyone loves an underdog story. Human beings love to witness other human beings who are faced with challenges overcome them (preferably, in a big way). Our nation’s biggest box office movies all have an underdog; we love seeing them succeed.
Now, here’s the plight of the pro-life activist. We can sit down and enjoy this wildly popular show and feel heartwarmed by every inspirational contestant. Which is pretty much all of them. But when the America’s Got Talent judges chime in, it’s hard not to get a little distracted by the irony. After Miley Cyrus’s stunt with the abortion cake, Ariana Grande’s Planned Parenthood concert, and Busy Philips’s lukewarm defense of infanticide in court, we’ve been writing a lot about pro-abortion Hollywood lately.
But Hollywood loves an underdog, too. All four AGT judges could not stop gushing over Kodi at every performance, saying he was “changing the world” and empowering people with disabilities. But when people advocate for abortion (as judge Gabrielle Union does very loudly), they’re advocating for the “right” to terminate disabled people, before they even have a chance to inspire us and gift the world with their talent. It’s just hard to go on TV and champion people with disabilities, then turn around and say their lives would’ve been better had they not been born at all.
Gabrielle Union owns a production company and was among the group of Hollywood elites who threatened to pull out of Georgia following their Heartbeat Bill. Simon Cowell, AGT judge & producer, is a post-abortive father after aborting his child with a girlfriend in his younger years, but is not heavily outspoken on the issue.
And not only did a young man with autism and blindness win, but all of the top three finalists had something about them that pro-choice activists deem reasonable grounds for pre-birth termination. The group who came in second was a youth choir from Detroit who were very vocal about the struggles they faced in that tough city. Lack of financial resources is one of the top circumstantial arguments for abortion. The comedian who grabbed third place, Ryan Niemiller, was born with deformed arms; fetal anomalies are well within an abortion activist’s range of reasons to abort.
All of that said, there are a lot of things this blog is not saying. For instance, that “talent” is what gives people with disabilities the right to life. The argument style of, “Abortion could’ve killed the guy who cured cancer” is not a sound one, as every human being equally has the right to life, regardless of what we bring to the table. Nor is it saying that Gabrielle Union is out on the streets yelling, “Down with disabled people unless you’re talented!” The truth is, a lot of (moderate) pro-choice people believe abortion is compassionate and all it takes is a civilized, logical conversation to bring them around.
But… when pro-abortion Hollywood is faced with people who “should have been aborted,” given abortion logic and statistics, and celebrates them on a national stage – the irony is really something to think about.