What Twitter has become

Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: That’s not funny.

This isn’t really about feminists, but the joke fits here.

British actor Stephen Fry makes a joke on stage at BAFTA and unhilarity ensues:

“Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to the awards dressed like a bag lady.”
— Stephen Fry

Not being up to date on these awards, I’ll cut to the chase: The PC crowd online didn’t think it was funny. They hounded the guy until he cleared his Twitter timeline:

“Let us grieve at what twitter has become. A stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous who love to second-guess, to leap to conclusions and be offended – worse, to be offended on behalf of others they do not even know.”

But it’s not about what Twitter has become…

It’s about what Twitter is becoming.

It’s hard to have sympathy for Fry here. From what I read, he’d be among the first to huff and puff about what other people say.

What normally happens when the Stephen Frys of the world get upset about what people say? They call for censorship, of course. Twitter won’t call it that. It’s a “Trust and Safety Council” whose job it is to protect us from those who think the wrong things.

As Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopolous explains, it’s “packed with left-wing advocacy groups, as well as Islamic research centre the Wahid Institute.”

They may accomplish that by, among other things, shadowbanning those of their members with the wrong political views. This means that whatever a wrongthinker says can appear on their own computers, but not on those who follow them. It can take some time before you realize you’ve been blocked out.

The council sounds exactly like Fry’s crowd.

Just last year, Fry had joined a group of leftists reading from detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s book about his ‘struggles’ at Guantanamo. I’m sure Fry wanted to believe every word.

(I’ve mentioned Slahi and his book in my Guantanamo Clarity. Needless to say, I think Fry’s made his own bed.)

It’s always weird to see a gay man show sympathy for radical Islamists, but they’re out there.

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