Punditry Is Mostly Worthless since We No Longer Can Speak the Truth

Paul Hair

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On Aug. 4, Breitbart reported that filmmaker Seth Rogen said, “I am actively trying to make less things starring white people.” There’s an easy and appropriate response to this. But you can’t say it. Everyone in power, regardless of how they identify politically, would see to it that you were condemned, and professionally and personally ruined if you did. And this is why punditry is now mostly worthless.

Breitbart cites an interview Rogen gave to Entertainment Weekly, where Rogen said what he said.

“I mean personally, I think I am just actively trying to make less things starring white people. And if I’m succeeding or I’m not, I’m very much looking to have a far more diverse group of writers and directors and actors that we generally work with, because that group is not incredibly diverse, you know?” Rogen told EW.

It’s easy enough to come up with an in-kind response to what Rogen said—a very much appropriate one that also expresses thoughts on race and ethnicity. But you can’t vocalize it. Our rulers of all political stripes would crush you if you did.

Actually, I’m pushing the envelope just by mentioning that there’s an easy response to Rogen that also involves race and ethnicity. This is the state of America today. Free speech is dead. Only those in power can say whatever they want with no negative consequences. Indeed, they are rewarded for saying things like Rogen said.

So since free speech is no longer allowed—since truth is banned—what is even the point of punditry any longer? And the answer is: not much.

Top Image: © Paul Hair, 2020

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