Let me start with his issue first. I agree that his old statements are far worse than anything we’ve seen in this “movement”. Several of them alleges actual acts of pedophilia without punchline or anything joke-like. Making things worse for him, his often-referenced buddy is a convicted pedophile. I agree with Ted Cruz that this guy needs to be criminally investigated. Police should already be searching all his computers for child porn and abuse-trained child psychologists should interview all the kids ever worked with him.
But until they find enough evidence to actually press criminal charges, he should have his job. Suspicion doesn’t mean guilt. Roseanne who surely did nothing wrong, merely bad-mouthed against a controversial politician should have her job. Jessica Prices should have her job. James Damore should have his job.
The above is my opinion, rooted in the belief in free speech and the idea that saying controversial things help us understand each other and finally find agreement.
However it’s not an opinion that if this keeps going, soon nobody will have a job, because there isn’t anybody who haven’t said anything controversial over the internet. Please note that the internet is 20+ years old and today’s norms are very different from those ages. Jokes of then are frowned upon today. Deleting anything is impossible, as many governmental and nonprofit organizations are archiving it. If you think that Russia doesn’t have everything ever said on the internet and Putin’s trolls aren’t digging over every liberal’s data, you are wrong. Same for US “intelligence community” and conservatives.
This isn’t mutually assured destruction, because those who start the campaign are not the same as the targets of the counter-campaign. Not Roseanne went after James Gunn. Shady and often outright repulsive agents like pizzagater Jack Posobiec and #CNNBlackmail Andrew Kaczynski are doing this. They answer to no one besides their own lynch mobs and can’t care less how many friendlies fall in the process. The targets themselves are usually innocent in these lynchings. OK, sometimes not, and then their fate is funny:
Funny it is, but it doesn’t help with the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which would have surely added another billion dollars to the World GDP won’t be made (or will be made by an amateur and flop). The lynchers, emboldened by this scalp are surely seeking new targets, costing companies billions of dollars. This must stop and can only stop if the companies make a joint statement that nobody will be fired for non-work related stuff until found guilty by court in a crime.
If the internet haters would know that they can’t fire anyone, they would stop their campaigns which – besides destroying careers of individuals who spoke politically – damage brands they were associated with. I mean this is funny – unless you work on this movie as a simple employee:
PS: no matter how outrageous it is, one of the videos he got from the convicted pedo: 100 young girls touching themselves is too entertaining to not watch.