Bill Maher absolutely nailed it in his closing rant last night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv0P1-gpEFc
I had managed to miss originally one example Bill cited from a few weeks ago: Ellen DeGeneres’s encounter with near-cancellation that led to her deleting a tweet she posted shortly after the George Floyd murder. The tweet read, in its entirety, as follows:
Like so many of you, I am angry and I am sad.
People of color in this country have faced injustice for far too long.
For things to change, things must change.
We must commit ourselves to this change with conviction and with love.
How dare she!
One in a similar vein that Bill didn’t mention was the influential Poetry Foundation, where they didn’t just delete a tweet but saw two of their leaders actually resign in the face of a blistering open letter signed by thirty poets outraged by the alleged insufficiency of their response to Floyd’s murder. That letter read, in part:
On June 3, 2020, the Poetry Foundation released a vague statement that you “stand in solidarity with the Black community, and denounce injustice and systemic racism.” This non-substantive, four-sentence statement — which contained no details, action plans, or concrete commitments — was the Foundation’s sole response to the ongoing state-sanctioned murders of Black people by police and the current wave of violent state repression of those protesting these killings.
Again, how dare they merely denounce injustice and systemic racism! Off with their heads.