The backlash against cancel culture is coming.
But people are still censoring themselves.
And a boxing legend says he won’t do one thing because of the cancel mob.
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has never been afraid to speak his mind.
However, the current climate has made him reluctant to talk about political issues.
During an appearance on Newsmax with Greta Van Susteren, Tyson said with a grin, “Listen, if I start talking politics, my friends aren’t going to like me. Let’s just not do that, okay? Let’s just not do that.”
The country is more divided than it has been in decades, and Joe Biden and the Democrats are making the fissures worse.
Nobody wants to speak publicly about politics.
Tyson continued, “My family gets mad, my friends get mad when we talk politics…When I was younger, I was all-out liberal. But as I get older and I look at my children and I see what’s out there in the world, I get a little conservative…It’s common sense, looking at the world we have now. You want safety.”
Tyson is speaking to a phenomenon experienced by millions, especially over the past two years with the rise of violent crime across the country.
Tyson, now a Florida resident, was asked his thoughts on Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis, and he responded, “I can’t talk names…[T]he last time I tried to talk politics [publicly], wow, did [the media] give me a beating…I [now] stay away from politics and religion. They stole my freedom of speech.”
A few months ago, Tyson was seen holding a copy of “Basic Economics” by conservative author Thomas Sowell.
Mike Tyson is reading Thomas Sowell's classic "Basic Economics." I can't wrap my head around that… pic.twitter.com/S3sG5BKHYV
— Jarrett Skorup (@JarrettSkorup) April 22, 2022
Tyson holding the book makes more sense now in context with his recent Newsmax interview.
Sowell has written dozens of books over the last few decades that utterly decimate most of the arguments made by the left.
Instead of contending with Sowell’s ideas, most liberals simply choose to ignore him and pretend he doesn’t exist.
Sowell was first alerted to the folly of big government when he actually worked in the government and figured out that minimum wage laws increase unemployment.
Sowell also debunked the gender pay gap myth 40 years ago, yet the leftist narrative persists today.
Sowell’s most recent book “Charter Schools and their Enemies” took aim at the teachers’ unions that do their best to undermine, downplay, or discount the success of charter schools that are closing the achievement gap, something that the left claims to care about.
Tyson has been on a long journey ever since his “Iron Mike” days of yore when he was the most feared man on the planet.
But in the current moment of mass censorship, there’s nothing more dangerous than people with big platforms speaking out against the establishment.
Eventually, the dam will break because people are sick of biting their tongues.