I often cite the famous prose-poem “First They Came…” about a person who didn’t speak up to defend others from persecution until they finally came for him and there was nobody left to speak up for him. It was about Nazism, but it’s been applied to any number of situations, most recently to the rise of the politically correct “cancel culture.” That’s where people find their shows, books, contracts, speaking engagements and other gigs canceled because someone dug up some long-ago quote or tweet that might now be considered “offensive” by someone.
A good example would be Kevin Hart losing his gig hosting the Oscars. Eventually, the Oscars went hostless, and now, the Emmy Awards will follow suit; proving that even in ultra-liberal Hollywood, which loves to lecture the rest of us on our shortcomings, not a single performer capable of hosting those shows can meet the rigid standards they created.
Now, meet the latest victim of “cancel culture”: ultra-woke comedian Sarah Silverman. She revealed that she lost a film role because the producers saw a photo of her in blackface from a sketch she did in 2007. Considering Silverman built her career on satirizing racism and sexism by saying outrageous things, I’m sure that was obviously not intended to be racist and was lifted out of context. Not to mention it was 12 years ago. But none of that mattered. And now, she’s finally started to see the dangers of this.
She said of “cancel culture,” “I think it’s really scary and a very odd thing that’s invaded the left primarily.” She called it “righteousness porn,” adding, “It’s like if you’re not on board, if you say the wrong thing, if you had a tweet once…Everyone is, like, throwing the first stone. It’s so odd. It’s a perversion.”
I’m glad to see that she’s now “woke” to the dangers of this kind of mobocracy, although I’m sorry it took her having to suffer it herself to wake her. Maybe she and other comedians will start doing what comedians used to do and stand up against censorship (including self-censorship out of fear.) I sometimes wonder if one of the reasons her former boyfriend, Jimmy Kimmel, suddenly became such a fountain of leftist feels and scolds was to inoculate himself from all the old clips of “The Man Show” and his sketches playing Karl Malone in blackface.
As Steve Martin once said, “Comedy is not pretty.”
Here’s how you know you’re in the presence of a real whopper: when it’s tweeted out by Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris and even liberal news outlets like Vox.com call them on it.
For the record: this is not the 5th anniversary of the “murder” of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson officer, but an extensive investigation, with both forensic evidence and witness testimony, convinced a grand jury and even the Obama DOJ that the cop acted in self-defense as Brown was attempting to rush him, after already punching him and wrestling with him to try to take away his gun.
Like the Charlottesville “fine people on both sides” fake Trump quote, “Hands up, don’t shoot” is a cherished narrative that liberals refuse to let die, no matter how thoroughly it’s debunked. Again, to show how thoroughly, here’s the fact-checker of the Washington Post (that's right: WaPo!) giving Warren and Harris a “Four Pinocchio” lie rating for repeating it and explaining why in detail.
Feel-Good Story of the Day: When Wesley Ryan’s wife Laura had ovarian cancer, he made the ultimate sacrifice to pay her medical bills by selling his beloved 1993 Mustang GT. Years later, with his wife now cancer-free, his grown kids spotted an ad for a ’93 Mustang GT. Sure enough, it was the very same car. They bought it as a gift for their dad, who was overcome with emotion when he saw it again.
It’s a really beautiful story, but that’s not the end. Read the link to see what happened next. I think it will lift your heart and also make Jay Leno very happy. It also might make you want to buy a Ford.
Liberal college administrators must surely look with favor on all the Democrats proposing to pay off everyone’s student loans with tax money. After all, college is so expensive, only a lot of federal money can cover the cost, right? On the other hand, many argue that all that federal money is one of the major reasons why college is so expensive. Just as work expands to fill the allotted time, college costs expand to fill the amount of grant money available.
When parents fork over more money for a single year of college than they spent on their first house, what are they paying for, aside from filling their kids’ heads with socialism, hatred of America and intolerance for free speech? Well, they’re paying for a lot of overhead in the form of highly-paid (correction: “over-paid”) college administrators.
How over-paid? A new study in the Chronicle of Higher Education found that 179 public university presidents are paid as much or more than the $400,000 annual salary of the President of the United States. Forty make more than twice that, 17 make over a million bucks a year, and the president of the University of Texas System makes over $2.5 million a year.
You’d expect high salaries at private schools, and they are even higher than these. But these are public universities. And these are just the salaries for the college presidents. It doesn’t even get into all the campus diversity administrators and other overpaid bureaucrats who teach your kids nothing other than the wastefulness and uselessness of bureaucrats -- which, come to think of it, might be the most valuable thing they learn in college.
Incidentally, I should also point out that every college president in America, and I’m sure, every college administrator and professor as well, actually makes far more than the current President. That's because while they’re on campus, railing about what a horrible, greedy monster he is, he’s donating his entire salary back to the government.