Liberal media is waking up to the horrors of waking up (but is it too late?)

It’s a classic sci-fi story, played in real time.

A scientist creates a fearsome new life form, and in the third chapter, a monster turns against its creator.

The monster in this analogy? The abolition of culture and its awakened tendrils.

the scientist? Mainstream news journalists who cheered the awakened revolution, ignoring conservatives who warned of its harmful impact on the arts.

One even conservative Wrote a book on the subject.

Did the reporters, who have directly fueled cancel culture over the past few years, realize the error of their ways? Maybe.

He started late last year at The New York Times and The Atlantic, two trusted liberal outlets. All Covered the attack of cancel culture In the documentary “Jihad Rehab,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

Directed by Al Bayda director Meg Smacker, “Jihad Rehab” follows a group of Islamist militants going through a rehabilitation center in Saudi Arabia. The film criticized US war on terror policies and offered sympathy for so-called enemy combatants. However, she refused to cover up their crimes.

The movie happened Rave before release and the Sundance Seal of Approval. Smaker could only dream about what might happen next for her movie.

Then a wave of critics broke out, saying that “Jihad Rehab” had endangered its subjects and shared dangerous Arab stereotypes. the worst? A story set in the Muslim world that should not be told by a white woman.

The movie was cancelled, stopped. Sundance apologized for showing the documentary, and initial proponent Abigail Disney relented sharply. SXSW, an edgy film festival and music fair, has canceled its show, Jihad Rehab.

National Review published a scathing article by the director Sebastian Junger Smoker’s defense against the awakened mob. This is not surprising, given conservative goodwill.

However, her anger did not happen in a vacuum. The Times and The Atlantic rallied behind “Jihad Rahab” in no uncertain terms.

Their joint coverage helped to “uncancele” the movie, now called “The UnRedacted”. The movie has been shown several times in recent weeks and may get a traditional release this year.

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Variety, a liberal outlet that usually supports the forces of cancel culture, stepped up next. The site shared a provocative story related to the “Jihad Rehab” problem, in which it said that the cancellation of the film had a ripple effect on the festival scene.

Now, nobody wants to program a movie Awakened mobs may inflame. Results? Safer film festival picks to steer clear of online controversy. It is the antithesis of the festival’s goal, to present challenging art to audiences without worrying about box office results or bad reviews.

Diversity leaned into this reality.

Indeed, this swift backlash underscores a new, unspoken modus operandi in which festivals — once bastions of provocative, button-pushing fare — are desperate to avoid controversy and the wrath of any identity-focused mob.

The article allowed Terracino, a gay Latino film director, to complain that his new film had been rejected by a festival because of its incendiary nature.

My main character is gay [is initially] Transphobia, which is something I wanted to explore — transphobia within the gay community — and they had a problem with that… He said he was also asked, “Why does your Latino leader have to hook up with a white woman?” I was really surprised by this. Here I am, a gay Latino filmmaker, and I have to answer for the bulls*** racist politics? “

Once again, a liberal media outlet has not only advocated abolition culture, but has framed its influence as detrimental to free speech. It’s the kind of right-leaning narrative sites that routinely espouse, like The Daily Wire, The Federalist, and Breitbart News.

By comparison, ordinary journalists wouldn’t have dared flirt with this point of view until recently. They often take the opposite approach, suggesting these stories, artists deserve to be cancelled.

It’s in their tone, their narrative framing.

Remember how to press Coverage cancel culture attacks On Dave Chappelle and Joe Rogan, mob comedians tried to silence them for sharing opinions that are anathema to progressive-mindedness. Journalists sided with the aggrieved parties while showing little sympathy for the artists trying to share opinions and raw jokes.

The next press shoe to drop is still the most shocking.

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The New York Times just published a dossier Ref. blisters From former book editor Pamela Ball. I celebrated the three-year anniversary of the “cancel culture” campaign against American Dirt with great regret.

Janine Cummins’ novel won early raves from Stephen King and Oprah Winfrey, and it seemed like a new literary sensation was born. That was until a Latin writer started a waking war against “dirt.”

what happened after that?

death threats. Press tour cancelled. A chilling darkness over the literary world.

Looking back now, it’s clear that the “American Dirt” debacle of January 2020 was a portent, the moment when the publishing world lost faith and yielded moral authority to the worst impulses of its critics…a process fraught with questions about who could write what , and who should be the blurb and who can edit that traverses what seems like a minefield. Books that would otherwise have been greenlit are now being passed around; Allergy readers are hired on a regular basis; Self-censorship is rampant.

It’s everything conservatives and fair-minded liberals like Bill Maher and John Cleese have been warning about for the past five years.

Now, all of a sudden, it’s fit for print in the New York Times. Did Ben Shapiro sneak into the editorial department of Old Gray Lady when no one was looking?

Paul adds how novelists back then stepped aside, fearful of revisiting their old work and being declared problematic…or worse. The same writers also worry about their inability to write new stories that “dare to cross the DMZ’s newly reinforced lines of race, ethnicity, gender, and gender.”

It’s clear that the liberal press is finally waking up to the impact of wake culture on the creative arts. We are now told what is at stake if the abolitionist revolution continues unchecked:

  • The ability to share new stories
  • Artists’ desire to reach outside their own cultures to tell stories that speak to our collective humanity
  • The ability to provoke and insult

None of this is new. But what’s new is how liberal outlets are suddenly saying it out loud.

Terracino’s recent comments to Variety about the implications of the Vigilance Revolution are telling.

“I think a lot of artists of color will soon regret this awakened ideology.”

So may it be for the scientists, and the journalists, who gave life to the awakened savage.

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