Oops! #MeToo strikes back

I'm not a fan of Megyn Kelly, who was recently fired by NBC for suggesting that blackface might not necessarily be offensive. But if NBC is going to fire people who hypothetically might not be offended by makeup, they are going to have to fire Kimmel and Fallon too. And Robert Downey Jr. After all, actually performing in blackface is worse than hypothetically contemplating a situation where it might not be offensive, right?

But the rule doesn't seem to apply in reverse. (And Michael Jackson is dead, so he can't be fired).

Here's the thing. People are so willing to take offense and make a stink about it on Twitter these days that it's risky to do anything like that, even when (like RDJ) you are deliberately lampshading the thing. It's just not smart to make yourself a potential target.

So while I can see situations where offense may not be intended, it's hard to avoid giving offense anyway.

A robust free speech culture would allow the market to determine whether any given portrayal is good or bad, racist or funny. Or perhaps all of the above. But we don't have a robust free speech culture at the moment. We have a culture where a (somewhat) conservative woman gets fired for advancing a hypothetical she lived through that runs against political correctness. And we're going to make the Left live up to their own rules until it hurts enough that they stop.

This entry was published Mon Oct 29 06:31:36 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-10-29 06:31:36.0. [Tweet]

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