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Comedian Rowan Atkinson: Cancel Culture ‘Like A Medieval Mob’

British star has a long history of defending free speech against the language police

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Rowan Atkinson, famous for portraying the characters Mr Bean and Blackadder, has once again hit headlines for slamming the rise of a destructive cancel culture.

In an interview with the UK’s Radio Times, Atkinson described online trolls trying to ban everything as “the digital equivalent of the medieval mob.”

“The problem we have online is that an algorithm decides what we want to see, which ends up creating a simplistic, binary view of society,” he said.

“It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be ‘cancelled’,” the British comedian emphasised.

Atkinson also blasted social media, saying that it fills him with “fear about the future,” because it continues to lower tolerance for differing opinions, which widens divisions in society.

“What we have now is the digital equivalent of the medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn,” Atkinson urged.

He noted that he has been on the end of the hate mob, not only owing to some of the skits in Mr Bean, many of which were written 30 years ago, but also because of his long history of standing up for free speech.

“It is scary for anyone who’s a victim of that mob and it fills me with fear about the future,” Atkinson declared.

Atkinson opposed the introduction of so called ‘hate speech’ laws in 2005, describing the legislation as like taking “sledgehammer to crack a nut”.

Atkinson also opposed the introduction of homophobic ‘hate speech’ clauses into UK law in 2009.

At the time in 2009, Atkinson outlined where such moves to quell speech were heading, prophesising “a culture of censoriousness, a questioning, negative and leaden attitude that is encouraged by legislation of this nature.”

The comedian warned that it would only be “considerably and meaningfully alleviated by [a] free speech clause.”

In 2012, Atkinson further railed against “insulting” behaviour being classed as a criminal offence.

“The clear problem of the outlawing of insult is that too many things can be interpreted as such. Criticism, ridicule, sarcasm, merely stating an alternative point of view to the orthodoxy, can be interpreted as insult,” Atkinson stated at the time during an impassioned defence of free speech:

In 2020, Atkinson was again targeted by the mob he speaks about when he publicly opposed Scotland’s ‘hate crimes’ bill, saying that it “risked stifling freedom of expression, and the ability to articulate or criticise religious and other beliefs”.

Several other comedians have railed against the rise of cancel culture, including Monty Python star John Cleese, The Office creator Ricky Gervais, the ‘podfathers’ Joe Rogan and Adam Carolla, as well as Bill Burr and ‘politically incorrect’ star Dave Chapelle, to name just a few.

Cancel culture has seen some comedians self-censoring in order to appease the mob:

Comedy is the canary in the coal mine when it comes to cancel culture, however. There are signs that its tentacles are penetrating deeply into all aspects of society.

A recent study by leading education focused think tank Civitas revealed that free speech at the world’s leading universities is being eroded at an alarming rate.

The study found that within the past three years, more than 68 per cent of universities in the UK have seen free speech severely restricted, with academics unable to meaningfully discuss the nuances of issues such as race and gender.

The report notes that universities including Oxford, Cambridge and St Andrews, three of the world’s premiere institutions are among those that have fallen into a “red” category for free speech following instances of “no platforming” of scheduled speakers.

Last year, 150 of the world’s top intellectuals, authors and activists signed an open letter decrying leftist cancel culture, censorship and the totalitarian march of “ideological conformity.”

The letter warned that cancel culture is creating a climate of risk aversion that is preventing anyone from dissenting from the monolithic consensus of social justice rhetoric, creating a “stifling atmosphere will ultimately harm the most vital causes of our time.”

In the US, the Deputy Secretary of The Department of Homeland Security also recently warned that the actions of tech companies in embracing cancel culture, and censoring opinions they do not agree with constitutes a “grave threat to national security.”

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The Truth About Simone Biles

Another loser valorized as an “inspiration.”

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New Poll Shows Gen Z Has Most Negative Opinion of Cancel Culture

Is cancel culture canceled?

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A new Morning Consult poll reveals a quite surprising result – the most ardent generational opponents of ‘cancel culture’ is Gen Z.

While one would have expected boomers to be cancel culture’s most vehement adversary, it actually turns out to be the youngest generation.

The poll shows that 55% of Gen Z, those born between 1997 and 2008, have an overwhelmingly negative opinion of cancel culture compared to just 8% in the same age group who think the opposite.

As Paul Graham notes, “This trend is visible even within Gen Z. The younger the person, the higher the probability that they have a negative view of cancel culture.”

This negative view beats the 50% of baby boomers who think the same.

The survey also reveals the rather unsurprising truth that cancel culture’s biggest support comes from millennials, with 36% vehemently opposed.

While Generation Z seems particularly susceptible to ‘gender identity’ nonsense, there seems to be a hardcore within that age group which is genuinely starting to rebel against the ‘woke’ crusade.

According to previous research Gen Z is also more conservative both fiscally and socially, taking its place as “the most conservative generation since World War II.”

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Miley Cyrus Tells Young Fans to “Ask Daddy” to Buy Them Merchandise Featuring “I [Heart] DICK” Slogan

What a fantastic example to young women.

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Pop star Miley Cyrus has told her young fans to “ask Daddy” to buy them her new clothing merchandise, which includes the words “i [heart] DICK” alongside spraying droplets meant to represent semen.

Lovely stuff.

The $35 muscle tee, which was modeled by the 28-year-old by her kneeling on top of her father’s car with her butt sticking out, prominently features the slogan “MILEY CYRUS MADE ME REALIZE I AM GAY!”

“IDK what @billyraycyrus is gonna be more pissed about! Me making a shirt that says “I [heart] Dick” or crawling all over his truck in my @gucci heels!” Cyrus wrote on Instagram.

“Speaking of Daddy’s ask yours for 35 bucks and get the new “Miley made me gay” merch on Shop.MileyCyrus.com!” she added.

Wow, talk about ‘daddy issues’.

According to the Daily Mail, the garment also features “a couple of penises and a tongue.”

Again, how lovely.

As we highlighted back in 2019, following a failed attempt to return to a more wholesome image, Cyrus decided to stick with being a trashy and promiscuous whore.

When she was married to actor Liam Hemsworth, she said she didn’t like being called a “wife” and was still attracted to girls.

The couple divorced months later.

Imagine my shock.

The singer also celebrated the fact that her parents don’t use the words “husband” and “wife.”

Just like many other celebrities who were groomed from the Disney to Babylon pipeline, Cyrus’ behavior continues to provide the very worst example to young girls, who like her will end up miserable and alone.

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