Listen to Sean Penn and Conan O’Brien

Perhaps my favorite quote:

“Empathy is a very important word and also forgiveness,” said O’Brien. “We found that someone did something in 1979 that is now not appropriate. They’re dead to us.” O’Brien went on to describe cancel culture as “very Soviet,” saying, “People can also be forgiven. If they even need forgiving. What happened to that?”

We all need forgiveness.

“My road to cancellation”

This article is worth your consideration and time:

Not Buckling Under

Whether he is right or wrong, kudos to Eric Clapton for not buckling under do to adverse reactions to his views:

By the way, this is disturbingly true:

He also called out the pro-lockdown, pro-vaccine contingent’s use of “propaganda” and their “making it so that you’re responsible for other people’s lives” if you don’t do everything you’re told to do: “I could be labeled a murderer, and people would really believe that.”

Although I believe it was mostly on the “do what you are told” side, it seems COVID-19 brought out the worst of people when it comes to disagreements. There had to be something mentally or morally wrong with your “opponents,” they couldn’t have just weighed the evidence and come to a different conclusion.

And by connecting your personal choice to adversely affecting someone else (even remotely), they had an excuse for taking away your personal choice.

Is It Okay to Condemn Arson?

If you sin for a good cause, is it no longer a sin and…

A sin to call your “good cause sinning” a sin?

You Should Read This Completely

Bari Weiss wrote a tremendous piece about the cancel culture, free speech, intent mattering, and an “ethic of forgiveness.” God bless her and her words:


Cancel culture necessarily erases intent. It relies on taking someone’s worst moment out of context, on elevating a moment of ignorance, on exaggerating a misstep and using that error to destroy someone’s life.

We live in a time when almost everything is posted, recorded and shared — that’s the reality. It’s not changing. The forgiveness a neighborhood used to give to a kid who said something stupid at a bar now has to be granted to him by everyone with a phone. Yes, I agree, it’s terrible. But we can’t unplug the Internet.

Living in this world is going to require a deep and generous ethic of forgiveness. That isn’t possible without insisting that intent matters.

Assuming the Worst of What Your Opponent Says

Update February 12, 2021:

I joined the Daily Wire to support her.

Original post:


I really don’t want to cancel Disney+, but if Disney doesn’t fix this…

It doesn’t matter what she meant, what is important is creating a reason to cancel her ‘cause she has wrongthink. They finally created a “sin” that allowed Disney to get rid of her.

P.S. Having said that, I just wish everyone would stop doing Nazi/Hitler/etc. comparisons (whether they are accurate or not).

Update: Based on modern rules, this means Lucasfilm and Disney are misogynists, right? They held a woman to a different standard?: Read More