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@asmallcat I think a component of it is that too many people, consciously or no, buy into the romanticized mythology of the comedian as this force who stands outside of society and pokes at boundaries in order to expose some kind of hidden truth. A lot of comedians try to convince you that what they do is vastly more important than it actually is, but very very few actually live up to it.
@JaimieT Offensiveness for the sake of offensiveness is not a risk, it's a crutch. It's what you turn to when you have nothing else to say.
@All the Chickens Not sure how you call this thread an echo chamber when literally only one person here is pro-firing. I'd say there's been a pretty wide range of different takes on it, even among the people who are against the firing, or neutral.
Also not sure how you could call out "grandstanding" and then pull the whole "oh, everyone here is so childish, I'm so above it all, and I shan't be commenting on this any further" move. It's the same kind of lazy righteous indignation and intellectual posturing you're supposedly against, so why post it? No one cares about your mic drop.
Yeah this was a right-wing hit job from the start. These types like to "expose liberal hypocrisy" like this, but really they're just taking advantage of companies being on edge about offensive stuff like this because they're worried about the PR to get rid of someone they who dared to call them on their bullshit.
Don't get me wrong, they're fucking shitty and offensive tweets, but he made them 10 years ago, and apologized for them 6 years ago. Anyone trying to conflate this with, say, Roseanne Barr directing a racist insult at someone *in 2018* and getting fired for it is being willfully disingenuous.