Cancel culture has a curious blind spot when it comes to one brand of bigotry.
Yet Chelsea Handler, Ice Cube and Jessica Chastain haven’t been ”canceled” like some in the entertainment field. In fact, activists who normally rise up when hate enters the conversation have stood down.
Handler stoked anger after she shared a 1990 clip from “The Phil Donahue Show” featuring Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan dissecting “white supremacy.”
The comic/activist featured the “powerful” video on her Instagram feed, which reaches nearly 4 million followers. Some quickly assailed her for ignoring Farrakhan’s relentless bigotry.
Handler, who is Jewish, initially defended her post and cursed out her critics. She later apologized.
Other stars, including Chastain and “The Good Place” alum Jameela Jamil, shared Handler’s message with their sizable social media flocks. Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Aniston and Michelle Pfeiffer “liked” Handler’s original post, while “Will & Grace” stars Sean Hayes and Lisa Rinna praised the clip, according to The Daily Beast.
David Harsanyi, a senior writer at National Review, says anti-Semitism “has always been excused or rationalized, or people look the other way when it happens.”
Harsanyi notes a “hierarchy of grievances” in the country at the moment, and anti-Semitism appears lower on that scale.
Cancel culture hails from the far left, a segment he calls “deeply anti-Semitic.