There’s a very good reason Alec Baldwin stays one step ahead of Cancel Culture.
Baldwin’s four-plus year tenure as “Saturday Night Live’s” President Trump impersonator kept him in the woke mob’s good graces. That meant he could do, or say, almost anything without fear of cancellation.
Sound unreasonable? Baldwin’s history includes homophobic and (allegedly) racist slurs, physical confrontations with strangers, sexist behavior behind the scenes and more.
And he never stops working.
Even his accidental shooting of Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust” late last year didn’t doom his career.
Other progressive stars, though, haven’t been as lucky. For them, being a loud and proud liberal didn’t keep the Cancel Culture kids at bay.
Ferrell isn’t as aggressively progressive as his peers. He saves his activism for his character work and projects – think his blistering take on President George W. Bush and hard-left comedy project Funny or Die. He even flirted with a “comedy” about a dementia-addled President Ronald Reagan.
Still, his politics aren’t a mystery to many people.
He still got pummeled by what we now call the woke mob in 2015 for his successful prison comedy “Get Hard.” He played a clueless corporate type headed to jail for fiscal shenanigans. Fearing life in the hoosegow, he hires a black man (Kevin Hart) to prepare him for his new home.
Except Hart’s character is an entrepreneur, not a hardened criminal. That’s the joke … Ferrell’s character is so dumb and generically racist he sees any black man as a thug.
Cancel Culture wasn’t officially a thing at the time. Still, the media knives came out for the project and Ferrell in particular. They said the film was both racist and homophobic. Ferrell’s character preferred not to be the victim of male sexual assault in prison regarding the latter charge. They called it a “gay panic” issue.
Both Ferrell and Hart “laughed off” attacks on their film.
“All we’re doing as comedians is holding up a mirror to things that actually exist out there.” Ferrell told the press.
This was in 2015, though, a time when defending one’s art was still a viable option.
Schumer once delivered proudly rebellious comedy. She even appeared regularly on Fox News’ “Red Eye” with future late-night star Greg Gutfeld.
Schumer later embraced her inner Rachel Maddow, steering her career into overt activism. She famously allowed herself to be arrested during the 2018 Brett Kavanaugh protests (but didn’t lift a finger when Tara Reade accused Joe Biden of sexual assault).
She was a liberal in good standing, and she leaned into that persona for the 2017 comedy “Snatched.” She played Goldie Hawn’s daughter in a film brimming with female empowerment.
Except the film’s villains were minorities, and critics savaged the film as racist.
They weren’t done with her, though.
Her follow-up film, “I Feel Pretty,” cast Schumer as an Everywoman who gets hit on the head and wakes up thinking she’s supermodel thin.
The woke mob rose up, again. Social justice types raged that Schumer is actually less heavy than a typical American female and that you shouldn’t need to be beautiful to love yourself.
Even the trailer caused an uproar.
Schumer backpedaled during the film’s publicity tour, suggesting she shouldn’t be the star of her own movie.
“It would be great if my role had been played by a woman of color and there were more trans people in it, more people with disabilities … but it’s a step in the right direction, I hope.”
Note: Schumer produced “I Feel Pretty” and, in theory, could have nudged the production to cast someone else in the lead role.
The “30 Rock” star helped bring down Sarah Palin with her pinpoint imitation of the Alaskan governor on “Saturday Night Live.” Fey also poked the Right on her signature NBC show, although she also saved some barbs for her own side, too.
In short, she’s a loud and proud liberal. Yet it hasn’t stopped the woke mob from knocking on her door. Repeatedly.
Fey got into trouble for producing Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” The show featured a white character, played by Jane Krakowski, who learns she’s part Native American. That plotline drew plenty of heat, but Fey brushed off the attacks.
She said she makes it a policy not to explain her jokes, with HuffPo’s approval.
That was all the way back in 2015, though. More recently, the wokesters attacked anew for a blackface incident on “30 Rock,” coaxing her to remove the offending episodes and release a groveling apology. She came under scrutiny, again, for voicing a “white savior” character in Pixar’s “Soul.”
She’s beautiful, talented, Oscar-nominated and her movies make serious coin – from “The Avengers” to solo fare like “Lucy.”
She reigns supreme over Hollywood, using that clout to promote her pro-abortion, pro-Democrat passions. Yet, when she accepted the role of a trans person in a proposed film called “Rub and Tug,” the woke mob acted as if she were Jon Voight promoting President Trump’s second term.
She initially defended her decision but quickly had a change of heart, sharing a “hostage”-style apology after rejecting the role.
The film in question later shifted to a TV series, but the IMDB page tied to it is virtually blank four years after Johansson stepped aside.
The family-friendly comic is one of many broken by President Donald Trump. Still, he’s mostly an apolitical voice, letting his stand-up comedy do most of the talking for him.
It’s still crystal clear which way he leans. He recently bent over backward to defend President Joe Biden from his awful, no good terrible first year in office.
He’s also segued successfully to the big screen, racking up an impressive amount of supporting roles in recent years.
One such film, 2018’s “Being Frank,” got dinged by critics for some curious reasons. The story follows Gaffigan’s character as he balances being the head of two distinct families. Here’s how he described the reaction to the film with Joe Rogan:
“A lot of the reviews … there was a tone of like, ‘how dare this white male [laughs] have two families … they couldn’t get beyond … they would insert, like, a social commentary onto a platform that was not for that.”
“Some reviews were like, ‘they under-served them!’ You know, the movie was really about my character and his son … because of the day we live in, it had to be deciphered through this kind of social critique that is just absurd. And it wasn’t here and there. It was a lot of reviews like that.”
The hard-left comic uses every platform at her disposal to promote progressive causes – her podcast, social media accounts and her now-defunct Hulu show, “I Love You, America” (hint: this America lover once winced at the American flag’s mere appearance).
She also once defended the oncoming woke revolution despite its obvious impact on comedy in general.
Silverman had a modest change of heart after she lost a coveted film role for her own problematic past. She appeared in blackface on her old “Sarah Silverman Program” on Comedy Central, and she later explained that moment cost her the gig in question.
“I didn’t fight it. They hired someone else who is wonderful but who has never stuck their neck out. It was so disheartening. It just made me real, real sad, because I really kind of devoted my life to making it right.”
Since then, she’s been a bit more discouraged by Cancel Culture … but not as outraged over it as, say, Ricky Gervais or Adam Carolla.
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