Bill Maher chides woke leftist PC faction after Oberlin lawsuit loss: ‘There’s a price to pay’

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Screen capture … Friday’s “Real Time” panel … Credit: “Real Time with Bill Maher”

“Social justice warriors … are finally finding that maybe there’s a price to pay,” Bill Maher said Friday on his HBO program, “Real Time.” A panel discussion focused on the “bullying” culture and “calling you out” political correctness as having been taken too far by leftist radicals.

“I’m tired of the term ‘political correctness’,” said never-Trump conservative Charlie Sykes. “It’s like ‘performative wokeness.’ In our mono-culture, we have to find a way to humiliate, to drive people out that we disagree with, and I will tell you that there’s a huge backlash. … The folks on the right were bailing on liberalism. … They’re basically saying that, ‘The Left wants to destroy you, they hate you, they want to take away your rights, they want to destroy your business.’ Unfortunately, you have anecdotes like this that make that plausible.”

The recent jury award of $11 million in actual damages and an additional $33 million in punitive damages to a family bakery for defamation by Oberlin College was used as a prime example. The college is forced to pay a total of $44 million for a shoplifting case at the bakery in which three black college students admittedly stole bottles of wine from Gibson’s Bakery. Police arrested the three for the theft as well as for punching and kicking the son of the son of the bakery owner.

The extreme-left college, as an institution, joined in supporting protests claiming the bakery was guilty of racial profiling and that the bakery had a history of racist treatment of minorities. As a result of the college administration backing the false claims against the bakery, the protests grew in size, essentially driving the long-time local bakery out of business.

Maher has often said that those who push political correctness do not make a positive impact on the liberal cause. “How do we get mainstream liberals to stand up that faction?” he asked his panel.

New York Times columnist Bari Weiss brought up another example of the harm being done by PC fanatics on social media, describing the case of an author who posted an image online of a DC Metro worker eating on the train–which is against the rules. The author lost her book deal on account of the backlash the writer encountered. “The idea that Twitter is not real life” is repudiated by “the kind of reputational damage it can cause,” said Weiss.

Eliot Spitzer talked about how social media has given voice and access to a worldwide audience to anyone who wants to take advantage of that. The problem is, there are no editors, as there are for people in the media to rein in inappropriate attacks on others.




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