Recently, comedian Norm Macdonald was bumped from an upcoming appearance on the Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon after he made some comments in a recent interview that some found upsetting.
Here are the portions that got the negative attention:
“I’m happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit. It used to be, ‘One hundred women can’t be lying.’ And then it became, ‘One woman can’t lie.’ And that became, ‘I believe all women.’ And then you’re like, ‘What?’ Like, that Chris Hardwick guy I really thought got the blunt end of the stick there.”
He then added, referring to Roseanne Barr and Louis CK (two personal friends of his):
“There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day,” Macdonald said. “Of course, people will go, ‘What about the victims?’ But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that.”
The first part I have no issue with as I completely understand what Macdonald meant.
Agree or don’t, he is not alone in his fear that #Metoo has gotten to the point where now a simple accusation can ruin a person before anybody even looks into the allegations.
As far as the second part, I understand what he means about Barr and CK and he is obviously trying to defend his friends, which is a normal human instinct.
However, the last part of the sentence, where he minimized what the victims went through, that came off as cold and detached to say the least.
That said, sometimes people say the wrong thing when they are speaking off the cuff in an interview.
Macdonald apologized in the aftermath, but that was not good enough for the outrage mob, who yelled and screamed until Fallon pathetically wilted under the pressure and cancelled the comedian’s upcoming appearance.
Unfortunately, this is nothing new and the anger from the social justice crowd only seems to go in one direction.
Recently, comedian Samantha Bee recently faced crticism for calling President Trump’s daughter Ivanka a “feckless c — t”
That is perfectly fine.
A good comedian is supposed to go after those in power.
Though if Bee assuredly would have been suspended or fired if the circumstances had been different.
In other words, Bee’s vitriol is only aimed in the direction of those on the opposite side of her politically and the targets of her ire are the “socially acceptable” ones.
Now, again, that is not a big deal.
But let’s just imagine for a second that a right-leaning entertainer called Chelsea Clinton a “feckless c — t.”
He or she would have been immediately annihilated by the press and relieved of duties as a television host.
Yet, most in the press corps stood by and said nothing when Bee said this about Ivanka Trump.
To her credit, Ivanka Trump took the high road.
Sadly, Macdonald’s detractors did not and instead demanded action.
But does there really need to be action taken in a case like this?
Many are calling on Netflix to remove Macdonald’s show from its service, but this is a very dangerous road to go down.
We have seen this tactic used by the left, time and time again, most recently against Laura Ingraham.
It was shameless bullying then, and it is shameless bullying now.
If you do not like Samantha Bee or Norm Macdonald say, do not watch their shows.
If you do not like jokes made by a Hollywood star or musician, do not feel obligated to pay for the material they produce.
But when you start organizing boycotts to try to ruin somebody for saying something you do not like, that is a slippery slope.
Because the outrage mob is great when you are on the right side of it, but you could be leading it today only to be destroyed by it tomorrow.
If you do not believe me, just ask Samantha Bee, Sarah Silverman, Michael Ian Black, and James Gunn, all of whom were members of the mob at one point until the mob turned against them.
I just hope now that sometime soon, people seriously start to think twice about trying to sick these mobs on somebody else the next time comments are said that offend their sensibilities.
But I would be lying if I said I was not afraid that this is only going to get much, much worse in the near future.