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Comedian Whitney Cummings Rips Hollywood Lockdown Elitists
Comedian Whitney Cummings attends The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 Women In Entertainment at Milk Studios, in Los Angeles, California, on December 5, 2018.
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After scolding self-righteous and sanctimonious leftists for dismissing people they disagree with, comedian Whitney Cummings ripped Hollywood elites for pushing lockdowns from the comfort of their nests of wealth and privilege.

In a tweet on Friday, the former “Two Broke Girls” star noted that wealthy Hollywood people want the peasants to stay home except their nannies and Amazon delivery employees.

“It’s amazing how wealthy hollywood people want everyone to say home except grocery workers and Postmates and Amazon delivery people and nannies,” Cummings tweeted.

Strikingly, responses to Cummings’ tweet were largely supportive, with only a few expressing disagreement. The comedian made her statement in the wake of California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) instituting a stay-at-home order that will shutter small businesses.

As the Daily Wire reported:

Governor Gavin Newsom divided the state of California into five regions on Thursday and announced a new COVID-19 closures metric, which will be used to issue sweeping stay-at-home orders should ICU hospital bed capacity increase past a certain point.

Under the new system, California will give an area 48 hours before issuing a stay-at-home order should ICU bed capacity drop below 15% in a region. The regions include the Northern California region (765,000 residents), the Greater Sacramento region (3 million residents), the San Joaquin region (4.5 million residents), the Bay Area (8.5 million residents), and the Southern California region (23.1 million residents).

While no single region has reached the threshold to trigger a stay-at-home order, Newsom said in a press conference Thursday that each region is expected to hit the 15% ICU bed availability threshold by early December, with the exception of the Bay Area, a region the state of California expects to hit the threshold by mid-to-late December.

Cummings recently told The Daily Beast that leftists need to stop shaming people who think differently than they do, stressing the importance of understanding the other side, or “playing devil’s advocate,” as she put it.

“I’m fascinated by playing devil’s advocate and want to understand the people I disagree with. I don’t want to dismiss and malign,” she said.

“I think it’s very self-righteous or sanctimonious to just dismiss people we disagree with without trying to understand why they believe what they believe,” she added. “I don’t get it. I grew up in Washington, D.C., mostly, but also in Virginia and West Virginia, so I grew up seeing both sides, and people believing different things. Even though I don’t agree with somebody, I don’t think they’re dumb.”

Cummings expressed dismay that Hollywood writers dismiss people so casually, arguing that they above all else must have empathy for people.

“It’s so weird to me in Hollywood where writers are like, ‘F— the right!’ You’re a writer! You’re supposed to want to empathize with characters you don’t necessarily agree with because you have to write them,” she said. “I just try to take the judgment out of it, and the emotion out of it.”

Related: Comedian Whitney Cummings: ‘Very Self-Righteous And Sanctimonious To Dismiss People We Disagree With’

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