Not even liberal political commentator Bill Maher can keep up with the cancel culture these days. The “Real Time” host closed out his Friday night show by offering a warning to skeptics who don’t buy into the existence of “cancel culture” that they are ‘coming to a neighborhood near you.’
“Is this really who we want to become — a society of phony clenched-asshole avatars, walking on eggshells, looking over your shoulder about getting ratted out for something that actually has nothing to do with your character or morals? Think about everything you’ve ever texted, emailed, searched for, tweeted, blogged, or said in passing,” Maher asked.
‘Woke mobs’ have made an environment where no one is safe from having past mistakes used against them or blown out of proportion. Maher cites polls indicating that a majority of Americans are too afraid to share their political beliefs and opposite the sensitive climate we live in. 62% of Americans are afraid to express their political views and a whopping 80% believe that political correctness is a problem.
Maher called on liberals to have a ‘Stand Your Ground’ law and stop apologizing to the cancel culture for everything. He called it something that “isn’t just for celebrities” anymore and said in the era of everyone being online, everyone is a public figure. “Everybody hates it nut nobody stands up to it. Because it’s always the safe thing to swallow up what you really think and just join the mob,” he complained.
Maher named off several instances where the cancel culture went too far, including the June 2020 case of Emmanuel Cafferty. Cafferty, a Hispanic man, was fired from his position at San Diego Gas and Electric after a fellow driver on the road took a picture of him with his arm hanging out of the company’s truck and cracking his knuckles outside of the window.
In a now-deleted post, a Twitter user accused Cafferty of using a white power symbol near a Black Lives Matter rally in Poway, Calif. He was then told by his supervisor that he was suspended pending an investigation.
“It’s scary that you can be charged, tried, and convicted on social media, without your permission, with no corroborating evidence, of any type. I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to get over this, but to lose your dream job for playing with your fingers, that’s a hard pill to swallow,” Cafferty said.
The Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center have defined the “OK” hand sign as hateful symbols with messages linked to white supremacy. It was included in a Jewish civil rights group online database as a ‘hate symbol.’
Maher also brought up actress and “The Mandalorian” star Gina Carano who was fired by Disney for comparing the censorship of conservatives to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. He points out that the Nazi analogy is no different than Dems calling Trump “a nazi” every other day. Carano wrote a post on social media talking about Jews getting beat up in the streets, not but Nazi soldiers but by their own neighbors.
“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?” She wrote.
Maher’s comments were included in a tweet entitled, “Memo to social Justice Warriors: when what you’re doing sounds like an Onion headline, stop.”
Looks like someone’s finally had enough of their own party’s bullying.