(Right Country) – One of the many things that has always made our country so great is the fact that no matter who you are, where you come from, which religion you follow or what you believe in, there’s room for you.
That is, if you’re willing to agree with the basic tenents of a free society such as ours.
The first and foremost, of course, is free speech.
Free speech has been under constant attack by a mainstream culture that bows to the whims of toxic cancel culture, and even many of the left have had enough of it.
HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher, a decided leftist, called for a “pushback” against “cancel culture” on Friday’s show.
Breitbart reports that Maher was hosting a panel discussion with Bari Weiss, former editor for the New York Times and Thomas Chatterton Williams, a Harper’s Magazine columnist.
The two discussed an open letter in which they and many other (mostly liberal) figures such as author J.K. Rowling and feminist Gloria Steinem recently put their name to which had warned that “free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted.”
“As a guy who did a show called Politically Incorrect and another called Real Time, thank you, because we need a pushback on cancel culture,” Maher said.
“What strikes me about it is the pushback is coming from liberals and almost everyone who signs this letter … is a liberal!” he continued. “Bari, the fact that you — they call you a centrist or right-winger! I mean, if a hip, millennial, Jewish bisexual girl living in San Francisco is not a liberal … who is these days?”
Weiss resigned from the Times last month citing what she said was an intolerant culture towards free expression.
“Criticism is great. What cancel culture is about is not criticism. It is about punishment. It is about making a person radioactive. It is about taking away their job,” Weiss explained.
“It’s not just about punishing the sinner, it’s not just about punishing the person for being insufficiently pure. It’s about this sort of secondary boycott of people who would deign to speak to that person or appear on a platform with that person. And we see just very obviously where that kind of politics gets us. If conversation with people that we disagree with becomes impossible, what is the way that we solve conflict?… It’s violence,” she added.
Weiss also pointed to Trader Joe’s, who, in stark contrast to many mega-brands who have bowed to the pressure of cancel culture, declined to change their branding following an online petition deriding them as racist.
“You’re right. That’s what we need more of,” Maher said. “Being able to speak freely is the lifeblood not only of democracy, of really just our way of life.”