So a sensitive liberal author, Hal Niedzviecki, wrote an opinion article in a sensitive liberal magazine — except he said something he shouldn’t, about "cultural appropriation":
“Anyone, anywhere, should be encouraged to imagine other peoples, other cultures, other identities.”
Then he proposed an "Appropriation Prize" in literature. (Note: this was in an issue of the magazine featuring Aboriginal writers, not some neo-Nazi hate rag.)
Almost immediately, he was pushed out as the magazine’s editor, because the article, "offended and hurt readers, contributors to the magazine and members of the editorial board.”
In response, Ken Whyte, veteran Canadian magazine editor, ran with Niedzviecki’s idea. He tweeted:
“I will donate $500 to the founding of the appropriation prize if someone else wants to organize.”
Andrew Coyne ponied up some money. Alison Uncles, editor in chief of Maclean’s, did too. So did Scott Feschuk of Maclean’s, Steve Maich, senior vice president at Rogers, and Steve Ladurantaye, managing editor of the CBC.
Then Jonathan Kay, editor of the obscure Walrus magazine, wrote in the National Post:
“Cultural appropriation should be debated. Too bad Canada’s Writers Union instead chose to debase itself”.
I agree. But before nightfall, Kay had been “resigned” from his editor’s position. Steve Maich and Steve Ladurantaye had to write grovelling apologies.
By the way: All of these people are liberals, or think they are. They’re do-gooders, or think they are.
But this time, that wasn’t enough.
And the rage here, the vicious attacks, the speed of it, was shocking.
There’s a moral to this story, and guess what? It involves Justin Trudeau…
NEXT: The Rebel's own Barbara Kay (who also happens to be Jonathan’s mom) joins me to talk about the parallels between the Chinese “Cultural Revolution” and the “group shaming” that happened within Canada’s Media Party over the weekend.
She says the sad part is that so many on the left have lost their sense of humour.
(And I point out that Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which was written by a white woman, actually converted many American to the cause of slavery abolition.)
THEN: Erielle Davidson of the Hoover Institution think-tank and I talk about the winner of the Miss USA pageant.
She's being criticized for deviating from the liberal party line on "affordable health care" — and more controversially, on feminism.
FINALLY: Your messages to me!