In a recent interview with The New York Times Magazine, Real Time host Bill Maher spoke out on the increasing intensity of cancel culture.
To Bill — and, possibly, you — this present generation is weak.
But here’s an oddity: a group known for their fragility has become a muscled monster.
As Bill sees it, a coddled bunch trying to protect their delicate feelings is, to a great degree, controlling the media:
“[The NYT] and The Atlantic had long articles in the last year saying that 80 percent of Americans think this politically correct BS has gone too far. But the people on Twitter are the people who control the media a lot. They’re the millennials who probably grew up with helicopter parents who afforded them a sense of entitlement. They are certainly more fragile than previous generations. Trigger warnings. Safe spaces. Crying rooms. Microaggressions. That crowd feels like anything that upsets their tender sensibilities is completely out of line.”
And Bill said the Democratic Party needs to prune said softies away in order to have a shot at 2020:
“The most important thing that the Democrats can do to win the next election is to broom this element out of their party and stand up to the Twitter mob and the ultrawoke.”
Bill is certainly a liberal, but the changing-by-the-minute-mores on the left side of the aisle have delivered, between Maher and conservatives, something that wasn’t likely to occur: common ground.
How ya like these apples:
“They’re pointing at other people who are somehow falling short of their standards, which could have changed three weeks ago. They’re constantly moving the goalposts so they can go, ‘Gotcha!’ For example, when I was growing up, the most liberal thing you could do is not see color. Well, that’s wrong now. You see color, always, so you can register your white privilege. But I grew up in the Martin Luther King era: Judge by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. I still think that’s the best way to do it. Not see it.”
Here’s another bit o’ goodness:
“If someone walks in the room, after a minute, I should not be thinking about color. And I am not. That’s how I have always been. I have actual black friends. I don’t think they want me to be always thinking: ‘Black person. Black person. I’m talking to a black person.'”
The controversial TV man also apologized:
“Look, I tried to drive a stake through political correctness in the ’90s. I obviously failed dismally. It’s worse than ever.”
I wrote Monday that tensions seem ever-greater in our society; we need civility (here).
And recently, I suggested “we’d all be a lot better off if less time was spent trying to prevent speech and more investment was made in listening” (here).
Bill seems to agree. The SJW’s are out for blood, not a round of “Kumbaya”:
“The politically correct people are not concerned about social justice. They care about putting scalps on the wall. I don’t see a lot of desire for people to talk to each other, to accept that, ‘O.K., this person doesn’t agree with me on a lot of stuff, but I don’t have to think he’s a monster.’ We want to beat our chests and vanquish the other side. Compromise seems like a dead concept.”
The left side of politics was once arm-in-arm with the free speech movement, and an embrace of individualism. Not so much anymore.
Here’s how Bill summed it up:
“The difference is that liberals protect people, and P.C. people protect feelings.”
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