The fight against the “cancel culture” is facing is dealing with push back from liberal sites like VOX. A transgender Vox writer informed the site editors that a colleague’s signature on a letter standing against ideological conformity made her feel unsafe.
Emily VnDerWerff, Vox’s attack dog, tweeted Tuesday, that co-worker Matt Y” Glesias’s signature on a letter made it harder to work at the media company.
A transgender Vox writer wrote to the site’s editors that a colleague’s signature on a letter arguing against ideological conformity made her feel unsafe.
Emily VanDerWerff, Vox’s critic at large, tweeted Tuesday that co-worker Matt Yglesias’s signature on the letter made it harder to work at the media company.
Yglesias joined Noam Chomsky, J.K. Rowling, Steven Pinker, and dozens of others in signing a letter published by Harper’s Magazine Tuesday that argued for less intimidation of writers in the public sphere.
“His signature being on the letter makes me feel less safe at Vox and believe slightly less in its stated goals of building a more diverse and more thoughtful workplace,” VanDerWerff said. “The presence of Matt’s tweets and his signature to a letter like this do make my job slightly more difficult.”
“The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted,” the Harper’s letter said.
The letter continued: “The restriction of debate, whether by a repressive government or an intolerant society, invariably hurts those who lack power and makes everyone less capable of democratic participation. The way to defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument, and persuasion, not by trying to silence or wish them away.”
VanDerWerff, rather than understand this was a letter against the ‘Cancel Culture’ that has gotten out of control, tried to make this out as a personal attack against Trans people. It was nothing of the kind, never even mentioned Trans. people.
“Matt Yglesias has been reported to his employer by a colleague for signing an open letter which argues that a climate of conformity, fear, and mutual surveillance has descended upon public intellectual life,” former New York Magazine contributor Jesse Singal tweeted, a tweet that has since been taken down, but here is a capture of the tweet.
[Matt Yglesias] and I have a bumpy history. But I’m at a loss why he might deserve retribution or why he is in need of restoration for signing a defensible letter on the merits,” tweeted Jonah Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Dispatch. “So far your argument is mostly guilt by association and feelings.”
What we are seeing is this, the liberals are now eating their own. They will not tolerate any free-thinking, within the bastion of liberal thought, Vox, we see this playing out before our eyes.
The ‘Cancel Culture” demands a total loss of free thought; you are to submit, never question, if you do, you should be punished for daring to think for yourself.