There would have been nothing extraordinary about Tyler Perry’s speech at the Oscars a decade ago, which, hard as it was to believe, was a saner time. But it’s a good measure of the current insanity that Perry’s speech urging people not to hate and to meet in the center is now radical.
And was met with leftist taunts and jeers on social media because Perry mentioned not hating white people or police officers.
It really doesn’t take much these days.
In the middle of an Oscars that seemed to be all about black nationalism, hating white people and the rest of America, his speech, otherwise unextraordinary, stood out all the more.
It’s not as if black celebrities are immune from cancel culture. Remember what happened to Terry Crews when he tried to deescalate the culture wars.
Telling people not to hate each other and to meet in the middle, once a cliche, is now deeply controversial. That says everything about the place that the Left has taken us to.
Had Perry just urged the audience not to hate gay, Mexican, and Asian people, he would have been fine.
A Hollywood audience is completely on board with not hating the people they already don’t hate. What’s controversial is being told not to hate the people they do hate.
Even the ratings tanking yet again won’t serve as a wake-up call. And if that won’t do it, appealing to their better angels certainly won’t.