Behold the acme of upstanding and erudite journalism
So it was that he saw the departure of Sharon Osbourne - another singularly unpleasant individual of little discernible ability - from CBS show The Talk, selectively managed to miss the very good reasons for her leaving and not coming back, and declared that Ms Osbourne was not merely a victim, but had been the target of Cancel Culture.
Off the end of the pier went Wootton. “Sharon Osbourne forced off The Talk for defending Piers Morgan's right to have an opinion about Meghan's provable fibs during Oprah interview... but cancel culture doesn't exist. YEAH RIGHT! Shameful decision by CBS putting freedom of speech in the media under further threat”. See, FREEZE PEACH!
There was more. “And btw, I'm no fan of Sharon Osbourne. She's foul-mouthed, rude and difficult. BUT I respect her right to speak her mind”. Sadly, as Dan probably knows, this was about rather more than being “foul mouthed, rude and difficult”. Shaz’ departure from The Talk, as Yashar Ali has pointed out, comes after many years of bad behaviour.
She had racially abused more than one of her co-workers. She had made seriously derogatory comments about one LGBT co-worker. She is known to have lied about some of her racist comments. She has a long history of bullying behaviour. And talking of Megs, which Wootton was, Yashar Ali pointed out, “In a 2018 episode of “The Talk,” Osbourne said of Meghan: ‘She ain’t Black!’ When her co-hosts told Osbourne that she was indeed Black, Osbourne said, ‘She doesn’t look Black’”. His conclusion was damning.
Sharon Osbourne ((c) CBS)
“For years, Osbourne has spoken unfiltered publicly with little to no consequence. Her comments have often been celebrated, or in some cases waved off, as the musings of a bold and brash woman who ‘talks just like the boys do,’ according to one source. But for the first time in her career as a TV personality, Osbourne may be facing accountability for her language and behavior”. It’s not cancel culture. It’s consequences.
And none of those concerned have lost their freedom of speech - neither Wootton in departing the Sun, nor Piers Morgan in throwing a mardy strop and walking out on ITV Good Morning Britain, nor Sharon Osbourne. They are all able to speak freely, and most likely find some media outlet gullible enough to broadcast their thoughts.
Cancel culture, you say, Dan? Remember her, Dan?
But one person Dan Wootton knew well, or claimed to have known well in the retelling, no longer has the ability to speak freely. Because she was called Caroline Flack, and she’s dead. Dead after our free and fearless press, with Dan Wootton and his fellow Sun reptiles in the vanguard, cheerfully trashed her reputation on a daily basis. And in the aftermath of her death, blamed anyone and everyone else for what he and his pals had done.
That really was cancel culture. What happened to Shaz was not. Hello Dan Wootton.
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