Bari Weiss calls cancel culture 'social murder' and said 'it isn't about criticism but punishment'
A columnist who claims bullying by colleagues forced her to quit The New York Times likened cancel culture to ‘social murder’ and said that firing people who hold unpopular opinions is aimed at ‘punishing’ them for being ‘insufficiently pure.’
‘We're used to criticism,’ Bari Weiss said during an appearance on Friday on Real Time with Bill Maher.
‘Criticism is kosher in the work that we do. Criticism is great.’
She added: ’What cancel culture is about is not criticism. It is about punishment. It is about making a person radioactive. It is about taking away their job.’
Weiss quoted writer Jonathan Rauch of The Atlantic magazine who said ‘cancel culture’ is akin to ‘social murder.’
Weiss said: ‘It's not just about punishing the sinner. It's not just about punishing the person for being insufficiently pure.
‘It's about this sort of secondary boycott of people who would deign to speak to that person or appear on a platform with that person.
‘And we see just very obviously where that kind of politics gets us.
‘If conversation with people that we disagree with becomes impossible, what is the way that we solve conflict? It's violence.’
On July 14, Weiss wrote a scathing resignation letter that slammed the Times for fostering an 'illiberal environment' and allowing her to be bullied by coworkers for 'wrongthink'.
Weiss, who joined the Times in 2017, said the paper of record was among the media institutions now betraying their standards and losing sight of their principles as she ...
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