Is It Right to Cheer When Political Enemies Lose Their Jobs Over Controversial Comments?
Paul Joseph Watson is a great friend of the site. He’s helped spread some of our entries far and wide through his social media, as well as on InfoWars and PrisonPlanet. Not only does he do great work on his own, the guy really helps smaller commentators like myself and many, many others. Yesterday, he again tweeted out one of my posts. It was the update I did on Dan Grilo, a Hillary/Obama shill who lost his job after he trashed military widow Carryn Owens.
This guy's an idiot, but conservatives are hypocritical when they applaud people being fired for causing offense. https://t.co/DsEn701uUu
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) March 1, 2017
Mr. Watson makes an interesting point. Is it right to laugh about this guy losing his job? Should conservatives really applaud when someone loses a gig over an asinine comment? I’m an independent, but for the sake of this argument, I will become trans-conservative. And it’s fair to say I’m an anti-SJW who is against much of the progressive cultural push we’ve seen over the last 5-10 years, so you don’t really have to be a conservative to comment one way or the other.
Chances are, if you read this blog, you’ve seen these sorts of posts before.
I laughed when Alison Rapp got fired. In fact, I might have even called for her to get fired, if I recall correctly, although I didn’t make the same call in Mr. Grilo’s case. Her issue was a little different, since she was talking about pedophilia and stuff like that while also trying to hold down a public relations job with Nintendo, the same company who markets a shitload of products to children. But I saw many arguments in favor of her keeping her job from people who might agree with me on criticizing her in the first place over her radical feminist ideology.
And you can substitute many other cases for Rapp or Grilo. Katie Rich, the Saturday Night Live writer, was placed on indefinite leave from her job after the tweet she made during the inauguration about Barron Trump being a school shooter. Was it right that her career took a hit over a nasty joke likely made in haste on Twitter? She hasn’t been credited on SNL since her dust-up and might never be again.
Should we cheer this?
A large part of me says yes, we should go after our enemies with the same zeal they go after us. They try to get people on our “side” shitcanned all the time. These people don’t care about ruining lives and careers, so why should we care once they put themselves in the crosshairs? I mean, “progressives” and SJWs pretty much invented the outrage culture in the first place. Aren’t they just receiving the rewards they so richly deserve? Many responses to Paul’s tweet said that we were making Grilo play by his own rules, which is the truth. So why should any of us feel bad about him facing the same consequences he wants to make people like us face when we fuck up?
However, he did apologize. Even Katie Rich apologized. Some would say that’s enough. Maybe it is, I don’t know. I’ve certainly said and done some things that mark me out as an “undesirable.” I don’t think it’s fair that my entire life and career be defined by those moments of weakness and indiscretion. Thus, I am a bit conflicted on the issue. Still, I have paid the price in many ways, and in fact I have more to pony up during this calendar year.
I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I'm so sorry.
— Katie Rich (@katiemaryrich) January 23, 2017
Perhaps a lost job or a derailed career is the burden these people need to shoulder for the culture they helped to create?
To be honest, I don’t know the right answer to this question. My position has vacillated, depending on the person and on the incident….and yes, whether or not I ideologically agree with them. What is your take? Do you hold hard and fast to the same standard every time one of these things pops up? Maybe there are mitigating factors you take into account. Or, there could be certain situations and actions you find to be forgivable, while others are not. Is it important to keep one standard, no matter who is the subject, in order to be ideologically consistent?
I’m not sure, but I do know that the topic is a good one for discussion. I wrote 700 words on it while barely scratching the surface.
Now, I’d like to read a few words from you all, if you have the time.