Along with the coronavirus rampaging through our nation, there is another disease just as toxic and career-killing that’s pervading society as well.
It’s called “cancel culture” and it is virtue signaling hogwash. You would think that “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” in John 8:7 would have at least a little resonance, but apparently not.
And while statues are being torn down all over the country, you’ll never believe why this John Wayne statue will also be torn down.
Standup comedians are our biggest allies in mocking cancel culture. The best comics are done letting these people control our lives.
In back-to-back-to-back Netflix specials, Ricky Gervais, Dave Chappelle, Bill Burr and Jim Jefferies’ latest, which was released last week, all address this infectious disease of cancel culture.
In Dave Chappelle’s “Sticks & Stones,” the comedic legend invites you to guess who he’s impressing: “Uh, duh. Hey! Durr! If you do anything wrong in your life—duh!—and I find out about it, I’m gonna try to take everything away from you! And I don’t care what I find out! Could be today, tomorrow, 15, 20 years from now. If I find out, you’re f—king—duh!—finished.” The audience doesn’t have much time to guess who Chappelle is imitating and before you even try to guess he insists, “That’s you!”
Burr, Gervais and Jefferies all tag-teamed this pervading issue in their respective specials. Are they wrong?
And the worst part of cancel culture is ruining somebody’s life who has been dead for years as if the deceased were somehow able to speak beyond the grave to defend themselves. The court of public opinion doesn’t care about the times in which they grew up or that the comment was possibly taken out of context. They will bury your legacy with impunity.
That’s what they’re doing to Hollywood legend John Wayne in real time.
The University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts announced recently that it will remove its exhibit of America’s most revered Hollywood actor citing that it was counterintuitive to their new “anti-racist cultural values” amid protests from students.
Evan Hughes, the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion – a title surely made up – said in a statement, “Conversations about systemic racism in our cultural institutions along with the recent global, civil uprising by the Black Lives Matter Movement require that we consider the role our school can play as a change maker in promoting antiracist cultural values and experiences. Therefore, it has been decided that the Wayne Exhibit will be removed.”
The controversial statement they’re referring to stems from a 1971 Playboy magazine interview in which Wayne said, “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.”
That one comment is apparently enough for the intolerant left to annihilate his entire legacy. And at what cost? So they can feel better about themselves in the era we’re in right now. Liberals love to measure previous eras by the current one, which is an asinine viewpoint.
Liberals have this position, but so long as we’re heading down this road, how many of them eat meat? They aren’t all vegans. So that means in a hundred years, if their fantasyland trajectory continues on that path to righteousness, they will be demonized by future liberals for the mass consumption of meat. And then their statutes will be ripped down.
How do you think they would feel about that?