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Also, If You Tweet Your Disagreement With the Author It Will Be Worse Than Nagasaki and Hiroshima Put Together

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Even though the New York Times already employs two full-time never-Trump conservatives who are vigilant protectors of the right of conservatives to never be criticized and to have access to any forum of their choice, they’re brought in one from the outside to give us the same dreary routine:

Perhaps it’s too late. We live in what is rapidly resembling the cultural equivalent of the Bikini Atoll. Each day, it seems, a new person is deleted: Tim Allen, Roseanne, Shania Twain. Even Cardi B seemed at risk when she griped about her taxes.

Uh, what?

Perhaps it’s too late. We live in what is rapidly resembling the cultural equivalent of the Bikini Atoll. Each day, it seems, a new person is deleted: Tim Allen, Roseanne, Shania Twain. Even Cardi B seemed at risk when she griped about her taxes.

Let’s review how these people have been deleted:

  • Kanye West: Extremely rich celebrity married to another rich celebrity who can choose to sleep on beds made out of ivory backscratchers anywhere in the world they want, whose new music will inevitably receive a great deal of publicity even when it’s difficult or experimental, a privilege of extraordinary rarity
  • Tim Allen: Extremely rich celebrity who will be co-starring in Toy Story 4, although granted that his alienable right to have a mediocre sitcom run for more than a mere six seasons was violated recently.
  • Roseanne: has a [checks notes] heavily promoted network sitcom
  • Shania Twain: hosting the CMA awards, going on the Today Show to promote her world tour
  • Cardi B: since there’s not even any pretense that anything happened to her we probably don’t have to bother

Pretty much like being vaporized by nuclear weapons I’d say. For the record, I think Kayne is a great if uneven artist whose music remains in my iTunes, Roseanne at its best was a wonderful show that worked as both comedy and drama but I’m skeptical about the reboot for the same reason I’m skeptical of new Pixies albums, Tim Allen is painfully unfunny (a view I had before I knew his political views, and a view I would retain if he had spent 2016 campaigning for Russ Feingold), Shania Twain has a few catchy singles, and I streamed Cardi B.’s album once and it sounded pretty good. Oddly. these were the same views I had last month, which makes me…much more typical than the unnamed and also imaginary people wiping any traces of these artists from the face of the Earth.

And those who do their best to steer clear of politics aren’t safe, either. Enjoy Taylor Swift these days — I do! — and you may be taken to task by some sourpuss griping about the singer’s refusal to state her partisan allegiance on Instagram.

FACTCHECK: Actually, you won’t.

This is not to say that we should condone our artists when they say something truly heinous. But, all things considered, I’d rather live in a culture where artists feel free to leap or trip over the line of what’s acceptable rather than one in which the smallest misstep puts careers and reputations at risk.

And you do, so problem solved! We’ll skip the bits where he tries to use Leonard Cohen to lend this empty bullshit some wholly unearned gravitas.

By the way, the author of this piece is Mr. Liel Leibovitz. Sound familiar? Yes, indeed, this Free Speech Crusader (TM) wrote multiple columns urging a tenured professor to be fired for tweeting views about Israel that he disagreed with. What are the odds that Bari Weiss would find his views congenial.

 

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