Dave Chappelle said it well about his cancellation on Twitter when the trans community came for him after his special “Sticks and Stones.”
“I don’t give a f**k because Twitter is not a real place,” said the comedian.
He’s right. We do consider Twitter to be the new public square to a dangerous degree, but as we mature in our relationship with the internet we should probably learn the valuable lesson that conversations that are had through anonymity and distance aren’t going to ever be truly honest ones.
People online are often attempting to play up their opinions in a far more dramatic fashion in order to get retweets and recognition. Were people actually that angry with Chappelle or were they just hopping on a bandwagon they thought they had to in order to fit in, stay out of the ire of cancel culture, and be the next tastemaker for 15 minutes?
Does it matter in the end?
Twitter is filled with people who don’t know you making surface-level assumptions about your entire character and hating or loving you based on a handful of characters you posted alongside an avatar that may or may not be you. It’s very silly when you really think about it.
It even becomes more silly when you think about who controls Twitter. It’s dominated and infested with hard-leftists who actively censor speech through bans, suspensions, and shadowbans. Right-leaning opinion on the platform is weakened by the fact that there are far fewer right-of-center voices than there were years ago, many being legitimate users that were booted for unfair reasons. This includes people like meme-maker Carpe Donktum, Project Veritas and James O’Keefe, and of course, President Donald Trump.
These suspensions and shadow bans here and there over the course of years has made Twitter tip to one side in terms of majority opinion and then we make the mistake of believing that Twitter is where we as a society come together to discuss things and decide what is and isn’t popular in our society.
Take, for instance, the hatred for actor Chris Pratt.
Pratt went from the most beloved actor in Hollywood to one of the most hated so fast it’d make your head spin.
Did he kick a puppy? Did he speak fondly of Hitler? Did he have photos of him in a hot tub with both Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein (who didn’t kill himself) get released by a girl who was an eye witness to Pratt doing some of the worst things our society has ever seen?
Pratt is an honest and open Christian, an American patriot with respect for our military, and a man who doesn’t take the outrage of the mob seriously.
That’s enough to send Twitter into coniption fits about him and make outrageous claims about his stances and views. Any time news breaks that he landed a new part, Twitter seems to react with no shortage of hatred and bile is spewed at him in torrents, all of whom claim they hate him because he’s a bad guy.
Then media outlets pick this up and generate the narrative that America just seems to love to hate Chris Pratt. If that narrative becomes mainstream then perhaps Hollywood won’t touch him anymore and that’ll be one less white Christian male who likes America on the world’s largest platform.
But Twitter isn’t a real place. It’s a biased mess of anonymous attention seekers trying to make the opinion they got from everyone else be the one that’s heard above all. The media is spreading bad information based on bad intent.
Let’s look at the facts.
People show up to see Chris Pratt movies in real life with the majority of his movies becoming box office hits. He ranks 11th in terms of leading role domestic box office earners at almost $4 billion dollars, and ranks 8th internationally in the same category at over $6 billion.
Let’s compare him to someone Twitter absolutely adores, fellow Marvel actress Brie Larson. She’s everything Twitter needs her to be. She’s a feminist, social justice advocate, and leftist drone.
Yet if she shows up in a movie, people seem to steer clear, and in a leading role she ranks 111th domestically at $1.5 billion dollars.
The reason is simple. Larson has proven toxic to everyone but the trained seals on Twitter. Pratt, however, continues to draw people in. He’s loved both on and off screen. He’s talented and personable, and it’s why studios continue to seek him out for important roles, including Nintendo’s frontman Mario and Sunday funny favorite Garfield, which have sent many a Twitter user into a tantrum.
But who cares? Let them scream and flail in a digital space where you may find yourself censored for uttering phrases such as “men aren’t women.” Chappelle is right. Twitter isn’t a real place.
Can’t wait to see Pratt as Mario.