Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, founded The Representation Project, a nonprofit to combat sexism “through film education, research and activism.” Siebel Newsom has written and directed “gender identity” films produced through her for-profit operation, Girls Club Entertainment, which are then licensed to public schools by the nonprofit.
The films, including “Miss Representative,” “The Mask of Your Life,” “The Great American Lie,” and “Fair Play,” have been licensed by state taxpayer-funded schools, sometimes containing sexually explicit imagery and prompting students to criticize American society divided by privilege and oppression feels “ashamed and sad”. They tie in with lessons, which include a discussion of Governor Newsom’s comments in the film, urging them to gather their friends and vote for politicians who support a “care economy” that “embraces universal human values.”
“The Representation Project’s films and school curriculum deserve scrutiny because taxpayers fund licensed schools,” said Open The Books founder Adam Andrzejewski, whose oversight team discovered the material and shared it with Fox News Digital.
“Newsom’s films and courses are filled with images pulled directly from pornographic websites, their URLs visible on the screen,” Andrzejewski added. “Minors are exposed to social commentary about privilege and oppression, with one commentator saying that, as a society, Americans need to ‘express shame and sadness about who we are and what we do.'”
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“Combined with the call to organize and disseminate the film more broadly, it’s clear that Siebel Newsom is trying to activate students politically and based on some radical ideologies about gender, identity, race and privilege,” Andrzejewski said.
Siebel Newsom’s films promote far-left ideas of gender and sexuality, sometimes including sexually explicit images. The content drew objections from at least one parent.
In 2019, a California resident filed a complaint after his 12-year-old daughter’s class at Creekside Middle School showed “The Mask of Your Life,” which “tells the story of boys and young adults struggling to negotiate with America’s narrow Stay true to your own definition of manliness.” It featured sexually explicit images and violence against women in a section of the film that tackled internet pornography.
“Some of the images weren’t blurry when they were slowed down, and even when they were, it was obvious what was going on,” the father told the Sacramento Bee. “It’s absolutely profane and disgusting.”
The school later discovered that the teacher had accidentally shown the full version of the film to the class instead of the cut version intended for younger children.
Additionally, Siebel Newsom’s films and the Representation Project’s lesson plans push gender identity heavily.In the course that comes with “The Mask You Live In”,,” A sort of Introducing the “Gender Bread Man” to show middle and high school students how biological sex, “gender expression,” “sex attraction” and “gender identity” exist on a spectrum and can be mixed and matched.
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Kindergarten students will not receive “genderbread person” material, but will be offered a similar “gender identity” curriculum that includes introductions to gender other than “boy” and “girl.”
In the course of “The Great American Lie”,,” “Examining the Roots of Systemic Inequality Through a Unique Gender Lens,” Students are asked to take a “privilege walk,” which involves revealing personal information in order to compare themselves with their peers in and out of the classroom. “Privilege” includes being “cisgender male,” “white,” “born in the United States,” “heterosexual,” and speaking English as a first language.
The “Great American Lie” movie features prominent journalists and lawyers talking about oppression. Charles Blow, a New York Times columnist and MSNBC political analyst, seemed to be telling viewers that their “privilege” was based on his oppression.
“We need to stop turning a blind eye to history, stop turning a blind eye to institutions, and understand that there is privilege in society, and there is oppression, and in fact, they’re like a seesaw. Your privilege is actually built on top of my oppression,” Blow said in the film Said.
Attorney Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama, which is working to end mass incarceration, also made a cameo, hoping viewers would feel “shame and grief.” “.
“We actually have to tell the truth. We’re going to have to express some shame and sadness about who we are and what we’ve done. We’re going to have to find the willingness to fit ourselves into a different future,” Stevenson said.
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Some of the lesson plans representing the project also focus on engaging students in political and social activism. Two of Siebel Newsom’s films, “The Representative” and “American Little Lies,” both feature her husband.
“As Gavin Newsom’s national profile continued to grow, he went on to appear in two of his wife’s films, first as lieutenant governor and then governor of California,” Andrzejewski told Fox News Digital. “While companies with state contracts donated to his campaign and Siebel Newsom’s nonprofits, students were led to discuss his political philosophy and embrace politicians like him. Note that the films School licensed in all fifty states.”
In the film, Siebel Newsom casts her husband as a feminist champion.In “Representative Miss,,” “One of the first things I did when I came to San Francisco was appoint a woman police chief and a woman fire chief,” he said of being mayor of San Francisco.
Students using the course discuss Governor Newsom’s views and are urged to gather friends and vote for politicians who “show empathy through their pro-caring policies.”
Curriculum representing the project is used by more than 5,000 schools in all 50 states, according to an impact report highlighting its work from 2011 to 2019. The nonprofit, a 501(c)3 educational group, says it has distributed more than 11,200 courses and reached more than 2.6 million students during that time.
The report also described the nonprofit as “the nation’s leading gender watchdog organization,” with an “aggressive social media campaign that holds businesses, content creators, political leaders, and others accountable.”
Tax records show the Representation Project, which charges licensing fees ranging from $49 to $599, has brought in nearly $1.5 million to the group since 2012. However, it’s unclear how much of the payments came from the school, as they also license material to individuals and companies.
The Representation Project holds licenses for “The Mask You Live In,” “The Mask American Lie,” and “Fair Play”,,” Girls Club Entertainment, the for-profit arm of Siebel Newsom that produced the film, holds the license for “Miss Representation”” The Representation Project paid Girls Club Entertainment for distribution and public performance rights to the film.
Meanwhile, the Representation Project has previously come under scrutiny after The Sacramento Bee reported that several of its publicly disclosed donors were also trying to influence Gov. Newsom.
The nonprofit also recently operated out of compliance in California. While it’s unclear when the nonprofit defaulted on its debt, as of Jan. 11, the last time it appeared in the state’s charity database was a rejected application from nearly a year ago.
Nonprofits that are in arrears cannot operate or raise funds because their creditworthiness remains poor. Still, the representative program has moved forward after its annual application was rejected and throughout 2022, including hosting a lavish fundraiser, Fox Digital News reported last week.
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However, on Jan. 12, the day Fox News Digital published its report, The Representation Project scrambled to file documents with the attorney general’s office, which were immediately processed and restored to good standing, the documents show. Typically, the process can take days or even months.
The Representation Project did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.