Cal. Gov Newsom’s Wife Runs Nonprofit Film Company That Pushes Radical Issues in Schools
While California’s Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom has been forging a political path that many political pundits believe will include a run at the White House, his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, has been tending to The Representation project, a nonprofit operation that promotes a far-left ideology and pushes her husband’s profile on students while, basically raises revenues from public schools.
According to the public watchdog group Open The Books, Siebel Newsom writes and directs “gender identity” films produced through her for-profit operation, Girls Club Entertainment, that are then licensed by the nonprofit, which claims its mission is to fight “sexism through films education, research and activism,” to public schools.
The films include titles like “Miss Representation,” “The Mask You Live In,” “The Great American Lie” and “Fair Play,” and are licensed to taxpayer-funded schools across every state and sometimes contain sexually explicit imagery. The films strongly encourage students to feel “shame and sorrow” about American society, which, as presented in the films, is divided by privilege and oppression.
The films are reportedly run alongside in-class curricula that include discussions on comments Gov. Newsom offers in the films and how it would be important for students to get together and further discuss the issues with friends and then, altogether, vote for politicians that support a “care economy” that “embraces universal human values.”
Adam Andrzejewski, founder of Open The Books, asserts to Fox News Digital “The Representation Project’s films and school curricula deserve scrutiny because taxpayers fund schools that license them,” further explaining, “Newsom’s films and curricula are saturated with images lifted directly from pornographic websites, their URLs visible onscreen…Minors are exposed to social commentaries about privilege and oppression, and one commentator says Americans need to ‘express shame and sorrow about who we are and what we’ve done’ as a society.”
Said Andrzejewski: “When paired with calls to organize and spread the films more widely, it’s clear that Siebel Newsom seeks to activate students politically and in accordance with some radical ideologies about gender, identity, race and privilege.”
In 2019, a California resident filed a complaint after his 12-year-old daughter’s class at Creekside Middle School showed “The Mask You Live In,” which “follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity,” said Open The Books. the film the girl watched included sexually explicit images and violence against women in a portion of the movie dealing with Internet pornography.
“Some of the images, when slowed down, were not blurred, and even when they are blurred, it is obvious what is going on,” the father told The Sacramento Bee. “It is absolutely profane and disgusting.”
The school later announced the teacher had “accidentally” run the film’s full version for the class, not the edited version meant for younger children.
Siebel Newsom’s films and the Representation Project’s lesson plans heavily push gender identity.
In the curriculum that comes with “The Mask You Live In,” a “genderbread person” is introduced, which shows middle and high school students how biological sex, “gender expression,” “sexual attraction” and “gender identity” can be mixed and matched.
And, although Kindergartners are not supposed to receive the “genderbread person” material, they are presented similar “gender identity” lessons, which include gender introductions beyond “boy” and “girl.”
In the curriculum for “The Great American Lie,” which “examines the roots of systemic inequalities through a unique gender lens,” students are asked to do a “privilege walk” that includes revealing personal information to compare themselves to peers inside and outside the classroom, Open The Books reports. The “privileges” include being “a cisgender man,” “white,” “born in the United States,” “straight” and speaking English as a first language.
Featured in “The Great American Lie” is Charles Blow, a New York Times op-ed writer and MSNBC political analyst, who appears to tell viewers their “privilege” is built on his oppression.
“We need to stop being blind to history, stop being blind to systems, understand that there are privileges and there are oppressions in society, and, in fact, they act like a see-saw. Your privilege is actually built on my oppression,” Blow says in the film.
“As Gavin Newsom’s national profile grows, he continues appearing in two of his wife’s films, first as the lieutenant governor of California and later as governor,” Andrzejewski said in the Fox News Digital report. “While corporations with state contracts donate both to his campaigns and Siebel Newsom’s nonprofit, students are being directed to discuss his political philosophy and embrace politicians like him. Mind you, these films have been licensed by schools in all fifty states.”
The Representation Project’s curricula are used by more than 5,000 schools across 50 states, according to its impact report highlighting its work from 2011 to 2019. The nonprofit, a 501(c)3 educational group, said over 11,200 copies of the curricula had been distributed and reached more than 2.6 million students during that time.
Open The Books data reveals The Representation Project charges licensing fees ranging from $49 to $599, which have garnered nearly $1.5 million in revenue for the group since 2012, tax records show. However, it’s unclear how much of the payments came from the schools, as they also license materials to individuals and corporations.
Meanwhile, the nonprofit previously received scrutiny when The Sacramento Bee reported several of its publicly disclosed donors were evidently trying to influence Gov. Newsom’s decision-making.
The Representation Project has as well been accused of operating while out of compliance in California. A rejected filing in the state charitable database from nearly one year ago was the last to appear as of Jan. 11.
Delinquent nonprofits are not supposed to operate or solicit funds while not in good standing. Nonetheless, The Representation Project moved forward after its rejected annual filing and throughout 2022, including holding lavish fundraising events, Fox News Digital reported.
On Jan. 12, the day Fox News Digital published its report, The Representation Project apparently turned in the necessary paperwork to the state attorney general’s office, which immediately processed the nonprofit’s paperwork and pushed The Representation Project back into good standing.