Just when you think you’ve heard it all…you hear something else, and it’s even more vile than the last one.
Recently, Hollywood director/writer Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The Avengers”) sent a particularly vulgar (even for him) tweet about Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI). It’s too graphic to post here—look up “Joss Whedon Paul Ryan” if you are interested (but fair warning).
One tweet from one liberal Hollywood type is unlikely to bring down our republic, but it does raise an interesting question: have we now officially reached the end of civil public discourse?
Is nothing off limits?
At one time, there was at least some kind of line. “Leave politicians’ children out of it. Let’s not compare someone we disagree with to a murderous tyrant. Let’s not encourage violence.”
Those suggestions are gone with the wind. In their place we have: shaming on social media and in public places (like theatre audiences), speeches at every awards show broadcast, commentary on every late-night talk show; marches, signs, protests, screaming college professors…
A lot of anger and closing ranks from people who claim to be all about love and inclusion. It would be ideal if we could talk, human to human, about important issues like taxes and healthcare and education and foreign policy—without resorting to insults or f-bombs or threats. But the time for courtesy or acceptance or even listening is apparently a thing of the past. And that’s bad for everyone. Even Joss Whedon.