Smashing Pumpkins’ front man Billy Corgan made headlines this week for his so-called “rant” against Donald Trump protestors and Bernie Sanders supporters.
And while anyone who actually watched his 30-minute appearance on Infowars would argue he was actually opening up the discussion on free speech in America, the Internet quickly cut-and-paste a few choice words into click-bait gold and suddenly Corgan became the Donald Trump-loving libertarian that’s complaining because he’s not allowed to use the N-Word (yes that was an actual argument made by Someecards.com).
The irony of course, is that what happened to him was exactly the what we was warning us about – the idea of forced “inclusion” and how social media has brought us closer to George Orwell than ever before.
“It’s pretty remarkable that I could say one word right now that would destroy my career. It’s a meme and I’m a horrible person.”
Are we one hashtag away from living in 1984? It’s not too far a stretch. With the PC gestapo castigating anyone that doesn’t fit the company line of “inclusion,” comedians, celebrities and even every day fast food workers out there have to watch their every step for fear their words or actions might go viral. One bad day could cost you your job, as was the case with this Starbucks employee whose actions caught on tape resulted in her dismissal from the company.
And while, yes, the ultimate goal of inclusion and acceptance is an admirable one, whose to judge what is inclusive and what isn’t?
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