Proving that even a broken clock is right twice a day, actor Alec Baldwin took a swing at “Cancel Culture” over the weekend, comparing it to a “forest fire” that destroys everything in its path.
“Cancel culture is like a forest fire in constant need of fuel. Functioning objectively. No prejudice. No code. Just destroy. The deserving and the undeserving alike," Baldwin tweeted Friday.
Despite being about as liberal as they come, and having exactly zero love for Republicans (or seemingly anyone with a conservative bent), Baldwin is among a growing list of left-wing celebrities who’ve come out against the largely left-leaning social trend of “cancel culture,” which seeks to obliterate anything that could be deemed – or even perceived by an extreme minority – as “offensive.” From Dr. Seuss to Aunt Jemima to Mr. Potato Head to a “Snow White”-themed ride at Disneyland, a number of iconic toys, characters and products have fallen victim to the movement, whose general aim seems to be erasing any and everything by which the perpetually victimized could be “triggered.” Even far left-wing celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Lizzo have found themselves criticized for even the most innocuous of statements by those whose extreme “wokeness” allows zero room for the slightest misstep.
But even among the left, it looks like the game is finally getting old. Openly liberal talk show host Bill Maher recently called out the “brats” in the media for pushing a “Stalin-esque Cancel Culture,” at one point calling it a “tsunami” whose “goalposts” change “on a weekly basis.” Actor and producer Ricky Gervais has found himself at the point of the progressive gun for regularly speaking out against the pervasive movement, likening it to “road rage.”
“You could be the most woke, politically correct stand-up in the world at the moment, but you don’t know what it’s going to be like in 10 years time,” Gervais said in an interview in 2020. “You can get canceled for things you said 10 years ago.”