by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Jessica Chasmar of the Washington Times highlights one Hollywood star who doesn’t buy into today’s cancel culture.
Sharon Stone gave an impassioned rant against cancel culture Thursday, saying people need to “grow up” and learn from each other instead of rushing to judgment.
Appearing on SiriusXM’s “Just Jenny” program, the 63-year-old “Ratched” star declared, “I think cancel culture is the stupidest thing I have ever seen happen.”
“I think when people say things that they feel and mean, and it’s offensive to you, it’s a brilliant opportunity for everyone to learn and grow and understand each other,” Ms. Stone said.
“We all come from different ages, different cultures, different backgrounds, different things, and have had different experiences, different traumas, different upbringings, different parents, different religious backgrounds, different everything,” she continued. “Give people an opportunity to discuss things before you wipe out their entire person over a statement or a comment or a misunderstanding.
“Stop being so small! The world is bigger, and people have done so much more than one sentence,” she added. “Grow up. Grow some empathy. Don’t be so afraid of sentences.”
Stone’s no right-winger. (She once suggested Hillary Clinton was too sexy to bother running for president.)
Perhaps Stone’s comments offers another sign that cancel culture has reached a tipping point. It’s an idea explored in the “Locker Room” a couple of weeks ago.
In the face of [Piers] Morgan’s refusal to do the usual grovel that we’ve come to expect from celebrities on the receiving end of the woke mob’s cancel culture, something amazing happened. While 41,000 may have whined about Morgan, over 220,000 people had petitioned for Morgan to be returned to Good Morning Britain.
Those numbers are an excellent and much-needed reminder that cancel culture is driven by a vocal minority. The majority of people who resent it still have the power to push back.