HBO’s Bill Maher has become the voice of reason amongst those on the left. He frequently says what most Americans are thinking: that the Democratic Party and progressives have taken things too far.
The moderate Democrat warned Americans of one overarching reality: everyone is online and everyone faces the threat of being canceled for something they said in the past.
“If you think it’s just for celebrities, no. In an era where everyone is online, everyone is a public figure,” Maher explained.
He used the example of a Hispanic electric worker in San Diego. The man was fired because someone reported him for holding up a “white supremacy” symbol outside of his truck. According to Maher, he was doing something as simple as “flicking a booger.”
“Is this really who we want to become, a society of phony, clenched a**hole avatars, walking on eggshells, always looking over your shoulder without getting ratted out for something that has nothing to do with your character or morals?” Maher asked rhetorically. “Think of everything you’ve ever texted, emailed, searched for, tweeted, blogged, or said in passing.”
It appears leftists have nothing better to do than to consult their extensive list of Nazi symbols and hunt for them wherever they can find them.
I’D LIKE TO MEET THIS MAN. HE FIGHTS: Can Monica Nieporte and William (Bill) Lawhorn’s Careers and Reputations Survive Jason Sanford?
In my last article I exposed amateur journalist and z-list science fiction author Jason Sanford’s misleading recent article about Baen Publishing’s webforum, “Baen’s Bar”. In this second (of at least three) articles, I deal with the aftermath. A third article will deal with some of Sanford’s writing that is, in my opinion, sexually problematic, racially insensitive and offensive to people with some disabilities. There may be a fourth article but I am still investigating. Anyone who has felt that Jason Sanford has dealt with them inappropriately in any way (but especially at conventions), is invited to get in touch in confidence via the email on the, ‘About’ page.
Since Jason Sanford’s article misinformed but zealous readers of his have inundated the organisers of WorldCon 2021, a science fiction convention, with complaints to the extent that Baen Publisher Toni Weisskopf has been uninvited from being a guest of honour. The problem is that the allegations are, largely, just not true. At the same time, darker and darker information is emerging about Sanford. I have received a statement from lawyers for Sanford’s employers, the Ohio News Media Association (ONMA) trying to distance themselves from the scandal. However, given they are a media organisation, given Sanford uses his employment with them to advertise himself and given his followers standard of tenuous-guilt-by-association, that position seems untenable. These events can only reflect badly on ONMA, Sanford’s boss Monica Nieporte (ONMA President) and Discon III Chair Bill Lawhorn.
So, to analyse ONMA’s claims. Was Sanford’s article written as part of his paid employment for them? No. Are they legally responsible? No. Does it raise questions about their reputation and integrity? Yes.
Jason Sanford is a self-defined journalist. He works for a media organisation in a creative role. So, the conduct in which he has behaved unjustly is directly related to his work and his suitability for same. Furthermore, Jason’s online profiles such as his LinkedIn profile (currently down) advertise his personal brand with his work for ONMA in tandem with his science fiction work. Finally, Jason himself and his friends take the view that associating in any way with someone who has behaved (in their view) unethically is complicity. So, WorldCon 2021 had to be inundated with complaints until Toni Weisskopf was removed. Now, Monica Nieporte finds herself in a symmetric position.
By Jason Sanford’s dystopian ideology, Monica Nieporte is morally responsible for all of his acts and omissions that are thought to be unethical until she fires him. Her difficulty is that now I am looking deeply into Sanford. There are other problems. The details of his problematic writing are something that I will include in my third article. I will need to put the allegations to Interzone, the magazine that has (up until now) been enabling him.
Source: Matthew Hopkins News
The Mandalorian star and former MMA fighter Gina Carano was axed from Lucasfilm on Wednesday over what the company called ‘abhorrent and unacceptable’ social media posts. The final straw, according to various reports, was a post making comparisons between current political divisiveness and the Holocaust.
But debates about whether or not Carano’s post crossed a line are missing the forest for the trees — because that’s not why she was fired. If Lucasfilm really had a problem with comparing today’s political climate with Nazi Germany, they would have canned The Mandalorian‘s other lead star, Pedro Pascal. In a 2018 tweet, Pascal posted a meme with side-by-side photos of Jewish people locked in a concentration camp and what were alleged to be migrant children being held in detention centers at the southern border. This is nonsensical for numerous reasons, the most obvious being that the US government is not massacring migrant children. Ironically, the photo Pascal shared did not show children in US detention centers, but of Palestinian children waiting to be fed at a soup kitchen from 2010. The IHRC’s definition of anti-Semitism, accepted by the State Department, includes gratuitous comparison between Nazi Germany and Israel.
Pascal’s post was fine and Carano’s was not because Pascal was criticizing the ‘right’ people. He passed Hollywood’s political litmus test by attacking the Trump administration, lecturing Carano about how not putting her pronouns in her Twitter bio was transphobic, and publicly supporting his brother when he came out as transgender. He even passed the liberal litmus test when it emerged that those were Palestinian children in that photo. Carano, meanwhile, has run afoul of the woke mob too many times before by questioning insane COVID masking and lockdown policies, speaking out against political censorship and, you know, just generally not being a flaming leftist.
Carano’s firing is a tribal culling of anyone who steps out of line from the entertainment industry’s progressive orthodoxy. Lucasfilm merely used her post about the Holocaust as a justification for something they’ve been wanting to do for a long time. All Carano did wrong was dare to exist in a space that has no tolerance for ideological independence.
Every serious moral philosophy, every decent legal system and every ethical organization cares deeply about intention.
It is the difference between murder and manslaughter. It is an aggravating or extenuating factor in judicial settings. It is a cardinal consideration in pardons (or at least it was until Donald Trump got in on the act). It’s an elementary aspect of parenting, friendship, courtship and marriage.
“Racist language” is not just about a single infamous word. It’s a broad, changing, contestable category. There are many people — I include myself among them — who think that hardcore anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism. That’s also official policy at the State Department and the British Labour Party. If anti-Semitism is a form of racism, and racist language is intolerable at The Times, might we someday forbid not only advocacy of anti-Zionist ideas, but even refuse to allow them to be discussed?
The idea is absurd. But that’s the terrain we now risk entering.
We are living in a period of competing moral certitudes, of people who are awfully sure they’re right and fully prepared to be awful about it. Hence the culture of cancellations, firings, public humiliations and increasingly unforgiving judgments. The role of good journalism should be to lead us out of this dark defile. Last week, we went deeper into it.
We need an “anti-fragility” movement. It should be a mark of shame to be so fragile that the merest hint of anything offensive causes a melt-down.
Gina Carano has been falsely accused of anti-Semitism by her employer, Lucasfilm. She needs to sue the corporation until everyone involved in the decision to fire her is fired and until she is remunerated for the permanent damage to her career.
[Carano] . . . will reportedly no longer be part of the franchise’s future. The news was confirmed on Wednesday night in a statement from a Lucasfilm spokesperson, revealing that Carano is not expected to return to the series’ future seasons, or to any other future projects in the franchise.Apparently, Lucasfilm has been “looking for a reason to fire [Carano] for two months . . .” Today, her employers found their excuse.
That excuse is that Carano’s . . .:
. . . social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.
Oh, my word. It appears that Carano’s former employer is accusing her of being a raging anti-semite. Clearly, this is a woman who should never work again in the public square. Except that, curiously, Lucasfilm does not quote Carano’s anti-Semitic post. So what exactly did Carano say?
“Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views.”
It is ludicrous to claim that there is anything about that statement, nor the concluding question, that is anti-Semitic. Neither makes the slightest derogatory reference to Jews.
VIDEO: Watch this woman disembowel the pervasive brainwashing of Critical Race Theory in under 60 seconds. “In exactly 59 seconds, TikTok user Half Black Conservative shows how popular Critical Race Theory has become in the last year and details the dangers of such Marxist groupthink.”
“So let me make this clear: you are being brainwashed and manipulated. I don’t care who you are. People of color, you are being brainwashed into think that you are a victim and you are hated, and being manipulated into using your voice, your vote and your time to support people who do not share your interests and frankly do not care about you.
White people, you are being brainwashed into feeling guilt you should not feel, manipulated into closing your mouths and blamed for an issue that has been exaggerated beyond belief. It is due time that we all wake up.”
Don’t back down. Don’t apologize. Don’t make clarifications, and don’t try to appease the mob. All of these will only be taken as concessions, and embolden the mob to demand more. The real Achilles’s Heel of the cancel crowd is its short attention span. Once they bully someone into submission, they move on to the next victim. It’s a system designed for quick wins. If you don’t back down, they’ll raise the pitch as far as they can—but eventually they’ll be at a loss for what to do next, and all but the most fanatical will lose interest. The few that remain, now bereft of their backup, are just what you need to teach all of them a lesson, as we did in my case.
– Pedro Domingos from the excellent article “Beating Back Cancel Culture: A Case Study from the Field of Artificial Intelligence”
Source: Samizdata quote of the day
Harness the power of NO.
That’s it. That’s my advice. For years now, a small but loud group of activist mediocrities has successfully bullied fandom’s honest, largely innocent denizens into increasingly abject postures of surrender, and quite frankly, I’m officially sick of watching this toxic, pointless game.
(Paul Mirengoff) NBA players are a poorly educated group. But lack of education can’t explain the stupidity of some player remarks in response to the rioting at the Capitol and to the decision of local prosecutors in the Jacob Blake case.