An NPR TV reviewer appeared to be the latest media personality to engage in the culture of cancellation by demanding that actor Tom Hanks become an “anti-racist” in an article that was battered by social media users.
“Tom Hanks is a non-racist. It is time for him to be an anti-racist, ”the title of Eric Deggans opinion piece said on Sunday.
Deggans begins by saying that he admires Hanks as an actor and considers him a “standing guy”.
But he gets to his point a few breaths later, arguing that Hanks didn’t do a deep enough analysis in his guest essay for The New York Times calling for more education on the Tulsa race massacre, when a White mob destroyed a wealthy black community in Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, killing between 100 and 300 people, from May 31 to June 1, 1921.
“The truth about Tulsa and the repeated violence of some white Americans against black Americans has been systematically ignored, perhaps because it was seen as too honest and too painful a lesson for our young white ears,” Hanks wrote, urging schools to teach the Tulsa course from primary school onwards.
Deggans thinks Hanks hasn’t gone far enough.
“These are wise words. And it’s wonderful that Hanks has stepped forward to argue for a teaching about race-based massacre – indirectly pushing back any hyperventilating on the critical race theory that too often silences such lessons on chapters. the darkest in America.
“But,” Deggans lamented, “it’s not enough. ”
Hanks has made a career out of playing “righteous white men” in films that “often overlook the contribution of blacks,” Deggans argued.
Several users observed that this was another example of the left ‘eating your own’.
“No good deed goes unpunished,” observed RealClearPolitics co-founder and president Tom Bevan.
“Exhausting,” tweeted Guy Benson, Fox News contributor and Townhall political editor.
Deggans, however, said he was not deterred by the backlash and defended his piece.
“Insults and bullying are already piling up on my Twitter feed,” he wrote in response. “But I’m proud of my column today on Tom Hanks’ editorial on teaching the Tulsa race massacre; I am a fan, but what he said is not enough. It’s time for Tom Hanks to be anti-racist. ”
ELLIE KEMPER FACES CALLS TO BE CANCELED ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR HER PARTICIPATION IN THE “RACIST” BAL
Some readers have again called for NPR to be reimbursed after a recent round of seemingly biased reports. Last week, the outlet slammed Republicans for opposing Critical Race Theory, which critics have described as an initiative that only serves to further divide students by teaching them to judge themselves. each other by the color of their skin.
Matthew Brodsky, senior fellow of the Gold Institute for International Strategy, was among social media users who accused NPR of engaging in a “revisionist story” in its promotion of CRT.
“It’s not ‘an academic approach.’ It is a revisionist story seen through a selective prism that colors everything. When you wear red lenses in your sunglasses, everything looks red. When you look at everything through critical glasses, everyone is racist, ”he tweeted.
NPR was again criticized on Thursday for appearing to mock capitalism in a sarcasm-filled tweet.
“You wouldn’t exist without capitalism, the clown tweeting on behalf of NPR,” conservative comedian Tim Young noted.
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Several other Hollywood actors risk being “canceled” for past associations. Ellie Kemper, who starred in Netflix’s “The Office” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Has Been Scammed By Some Left-wing Media For Being Crowned “Queen Of Love And Beauty” At The “Veiled Prophet” Ball in Saint-Louis. , in 1999. While the ball prohibited participation of blacks and American Jews when it was created in 1878, it had welcomed its first black members in 1979, 20 years before Kemper’s participation at 19, and a year before his birth.
“A journalism industry that happily participates in this stacking Kemper without grace or context deserves to suffer,” RealClearInvestigation’s Mark Hemingway said of the coverage, which seemed to sum up the media’s tendency to promote the culture of cancellation.