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The list of people punished for sharing the “wrong” opinion on social media keeps growing.
NASCAR just suspended driver Noah Gragson for “liking” a cruel meme tied to George Floyd, the black man whose 2020 death following a police encounter sparked protests and riots nationwide.
— New York Post (@nypost) August 5, 2023
It’s part of the New Normal, where select views (either unkind or deemed politically unacceptable) crush someone’s career. Ask Justine Sacco how that works. Her 2013 cancellation over a bleakly comic Tweet is considered a pivotal point in modern culture.
Now, Elon Musk wants to do something about it.
The man who oversees X (formerly Twitter) vowed to battle on behalf of those unfairly punished for their social media views.
“If you were unfairly treated by your employer due to posting or liking something on this platform, we will fund your legal bill,” Musk said. “No limit. Please let us know… and we won’t just sue, it will be extremely loud and we will go after the boards of directors of the companies too.”
Musk is one of the world’s richest people, but even his deep pockets could take a hit from the declaration. Many people have faced punishment for their digital actions. The cases we hear about likely represent the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
One of the most prominent victims of social media culture quickly weighed in on the matter.
I think I qualify. ☺️ https://t.co/t2MryUFLtS
— Gina Carano 🕯 (@ginacarano) August 6, 2023
She does, of course.
The “Terror on the Prairie” star lost her gig on Disney+’s “The Mandalorian” because her social media views didn’t align with her woke bosses. Carano questioned pandemic lockdown protocols, poked fun at 21st century pronoun use and, infamously, compared elements of modern culture to 1930s Germany.
“Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them for simply being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”
It’s also noteworthy that many people post cruel messages brimming with threats and never face punishment by their employers.
They’re often shared by liberals, for starters. The former owners of Twitter gave preferential treatment to progressive voices while punishing right-leaning views.
The Twitter Files confirmed that reality.
Most social media platforms today lean to the Left, and it shows in what views they punish and which ones are allowed to bloom.
Another reason social media giants ignore hateful comments? The user’s targets are conservative. It explains why Bette Midler remained gainfully employed by Disney+ despite a history of thuggish, indefensible Twitter commentary attacking GOP Sen. Rand Paul.
Musk’s promise will be difficult to keep.
Holy smokes. YUGE pic.twitter.com/2mYKJIfNjK
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) August 6, 2023
He may take on some higher-profile cases or move on to other efforts. His public persona is both funny and fickle.
This fight may be too large even for him.
Carano’s unfair dismissal would be a fine place to start, even if it can’t be won in a court of law. The American public needs to be reminded of how Disney fired her and why it remains the wrong decision.
It could prevent similar firings down the road. That would be a victory for both Musk and society.
Editor’s note: The Daily Wire and Gina Carano announced a partnership in February, 2021 — after which Carano produced and starred in the film “Terror on the Prairie.”
Christian Toto is an award-winning journalist, movie critic and editor of HollywoodInToto.com. He previously served as associate editor with Breitbart News’ Big Hollywood. Follow him at @HollywoodInToto.
The views expressed in this piece are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.