Intolerable cruelty of the intolerant liberals
PIERS Morgan, the controversial UK journalist and broadcaster, is accustomed to making headlines rather than merely writing them. You get the sense he loves being the story. When he is not writing for the Mail Online or presenting Good Morning Britain on ITV, Morgan will more often than not be found on Twitter, shooting from the hip on all matter of topics.
This bombastic style is like a red rag to the liberal bulls who populate such a large portion of the Twitter-sphere. To them, Morgan isn’t a ‘love him or hate him’ Marmite figure, they just hate him.
Not that Morgan is too bothered by any of this. In fact, you get the feeling he loves nothing more than poking the bear to get a reaction. Time and time again, people to the left take Morgan’s bait.
So when Morgan appeared on a conservative US talk show hosted by Ben Shapiro last week, it came as no surprise that liberals came up in conversation. And Morgan being Morgan, he didn’t hold back, claiming that liberals have become so unbearable it is they who are at fault for the rise of populism.
The show lasted an hour, but the brief three-minute clip where Morgan cut loose on the ‘snowflake’ generation turned out to be the money shot. Inevitably, the YouTube clip went viral, gaining over 3m views in a couple of days.
‘What’s the point of calling yourself a liberal if you don’t allow anyone else to have a different view,’ asked Morgan. ‘This snowflake culture that we now operate in, the victimhood culture, the everyone has to think in a certain way, behave a certain way.
‘Everyone has to have a bleeding heart
and tell you 20 things that are wrong with them. I just think it is all completely skewed to an environment where everyone is offended by everything and no one is allowed to say a joke,’ he said.
‘Populism is rising because people are fed up with the PC culture,’ Morgan said. ‘They’re fed up with snowflakery, they’re fed up with people being offended by everything and they’re gravitating towards forceful personalities who go: ‘this is all nonsense’,’ he added.
Morgan has a point here, as much as it pains me to say it. Liberals seem to be making a habit of being entirely intolerant to anyone who dares stray from their agenda. Look at the recent controversy in Ireland over two members of Young Fine Gael attending a conservative youth conference in the United States, including the organisation’s president, Killian Foley-Walsh.
The hysterical reaction to this was perplexing and fascinating in equal measure. Liberal keyboard warriors were having a hissy fit over this young man attending a conference.
When Irish Times columnist Mark Paul suggested that this over-reaction to FoleyWalsh attending a conference was the more interesting angle to the story, Paul himself became the target of abuse online.
I find this baffling. I like to think that I am a liberal person – I voted Yes in the Same Sex marriage and Repeal the 8th referendums. I wouldn’t be caught dead at that conservative conference that FoleyWalsh travelled to. I believe the rise of populism, manifesting itself in figures like Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, to be a real threat to our global society.
But this mob mentality that seems to be totally intolerant to other viewpoints is pathetic.
We are hurtling towards a society where no one will dare say or write anything out of sync with a certain agenda, for fear of being hounded by the mob. If we go down this road, no one will be offended, but we will probably all die of boredom.