Less than a month ago, I wrote a piece right here about the dangerous incarnation of these modern-day woke witch trials that are destroying the livelihoods of people for not being perfect. Far from it just being confined to knuckle-dragging conservatives, at the time woke warriors were swiping at the jugulars of card-carrying left-wing titans like Lin Manuel-Miranda, Tina Fey, Jimmy Kimmel, and Alyssa Milano.
For those who remained skeptical of my thesis, allow me to offer the latest piece of corroborating evidence for the unsustainable ridiculousness of this movement. Puritanical leftists are now coming for Ellen. That's Ellen DeGeneres. And her crime is that she's not…wait for it…nice enough.
First of all, at what point was anyone supposed to believe that the entertainment business and opulent world of stardom was characterized by gentleness and compassion? Are those the attributes that were supposed to come to mind whenever someone thought about the cutthroat world of movie pitches and TV pilots?
Beyond that, there's something intellectually absurd about a group of people attempting to destroy the livelihood of another (and several others by extension) – not exactly the most considerate of endeavors – while claiming they are doing so in the name of kindness.
Moreover, it's not as though Ellen's street cred and contributions to progressivism are lacking. Her decision to come out as gay did more for the normalization of homosexual relationships in American pop culture than almost any other singular event. Ellen also broke from her standard "keep it light" approach during the last election cycle, campaigning for Hillary and refusing to even host Donald Trump on her show. To great fanfare in progressive media, she explained her antipathy towards Trump:
"We need to look at someone else who looks different than us and believes in something that we don't believe in and still accept them, and still let them have their rights," she added.
So how does someone like this fall out of the woke crowd's good graces? The Washington Post documents what it judgmentally declares was the "downward spiral" of her public persona; and a careful observer will note there's something very peculiar about the timing and theme of her sins.
First came her interview with comedian-turned-pariah Kevin Hart. Hart had just stepped down as host of the Academy Awards, after having been verbally flogged and shamed for past jokes deemed "homophobic." Saying she believed in second chances, Ellen hosted him, encouraged him, and denounced the hate he was receiving.
Then, in early October of 2019, Ellen was photographed seated next to former Republican President George W. Bush at an NFL game in Dallas. The two were guests of Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones and were seen laughing it up together throughout the evening. As the Post explained, that was simply unacceptable:
The image sparked outrage on the Internet because DeGeneres, an LGBTQ advocate whose career suffered when she came out, was so friendly with a politician who supported a ban on same-sex marriage and whose administration launched the Iraq War.
For her part, Ellen responded to the absurd outrage with her typical wit:
"Here's the thing: I'm friends with George Bush. In fact, I'm friends with a lot of people who don't share the same beliefs that I have. We're all different, and I think that we've forgotten that that's okay that we're all different."
Notice how consistent that statement is with both her stated reasons for shunning Trump and her forgiveness (as a lesbian) towards the supposedly homophobic Hart.
It's quite true that I likely disagree with nearly everything Ellen believes in politically. But we seem to share the same belief that man – no matter how great their sin against God (in my worldview) or against the Spirit of the Age (in Ellen's worldview) – is redeemable; that forgiveness is a virtue, as is kindness, and second chances are the embodiment of a grace we all need.
It just so happens that those unifying values that two political opposites like Ellen and I embrace, are an abomination to the world of woke.
Remember that as you read the deluge of hit pieces on Ellen that are emerging now almost daily. Kindness does not motivate this crowd of moralizing scolds. Revenge does. If you aren't willing to hate like they hate, condemn as they condemn, smear as they smear, they will turn those very attributes on you with pleasure. That's how witch hunts have always worked.