The New Year Is Problematic

The wokemob drags Louis CK — then they drag Ellen DeGeneres for trying to redeem their previous target, Kevin Hart. Will we need to wait for the next generation to reclaim comedy?

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There are 4 comments.

  1. Taras Coolidge

    This is one of the Conservatarians’ best.

    Suggestion: Oppose the “wokemob” by labeling its leaders “thought police”.

    And use their banning as a recommendation, like the 21st century equivalent of “banned in Boston”.

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    • January 4, 2019, at 8:26 PM PDT
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  2. Chris Campion Coolidge

    Tearing down others is such an easy thing to do, which is why it happens a lot. Twitter just gives the ability much more reach and range. Back in the Atari 2600 era, there was simply no way for Joe Schmo to have any kind of connection with a celebrity, but now, you can reach out and touch them.

    Or they can touch you, and then you can tell everyone about it.

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    • January 5, 2019, at 11:46 AM PDT
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  3. filmklassik Member

    Sorry but I can’t help thinking Jon is being somewhat Pollyanna-ish about the attitude of his daughters’ generation. It is impossible to believe that an entire generation can be deep-dyed – – utterly marinated — in Leftism, without Leftism becoming the default setting for how they view the world.

    In other words, I do not believe his daughters’ generation hasn’t succumbed to “the religion of wokeness.” I believe it has. And the only thing that would alleviate my concern would be data points indicating, for example, that that particular age-group is as much in favor of unfettered free speech as were the children of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

    But I don’t believe they are. Indeed, I think if it were up to them, America would be taking the same steps to criminalize so-called “hate speech” as have been taken in Canada, Australia, and the countries of Western Europe.

    So the adorableness of his daughter “not even knowing how to turn on the TV” means nothing here. It’s cute but irrelevant. I believe his daughters’ generation is utterly identitarian in its outlook. He ought to ask them sometime what they think of Affirmative Action. (“Is it time to get rid of it?”)

    Or maybe ask them if they think that we, as a country, ought to finally do away with the idea of “protected groups.”

    Or ask them what they think of Black Lives Matter. Or ask them if they believe that we are actually living in a “rape culture” or if there genuinely is a “war on women.”

    I am very curious to know what they say. Because my hunch is that their generation — his daughters’ generation — is, when rubber meets the road, every bit as “woke” as millennials are; that there is zero difference between them.

    And we’ll know in just a couple of years (when they finally hit college) whether or not I’m right.

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    • January 5, 2019, at 3:57 PM PDT
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  4. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.” – Mel Brooks

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    • January 7, 2019, at 8:41 AM PDT
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