Libertarian: ‘Joker’ Director’s Cancel-Culture Regret Director Todd Phillips, whose new movie “Joker” has “proved controversial,” is stirring up controversy himself for criticizing cancel culture, Reason’s Robby Soave notes. In a Vanity Fair interview, Phillips said it’s hard “to be funny nowadays with this woke culture” because the “funny guys” are afraid to offend anyone, and “it’s hard to argue with 30 million people on Twitter.” That, in turn, drew heavy social-media fire. Yet Phillips follows “a host of other comedians,” including Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld and Louis C.K., who decry “shame mobs” that empower “those who believe it’s never okay to make light of subjects that are sacred to the political left” and that anyone who disagrees should be “shunned, silenced or fired.” Analyst: Why Blacks Back Establishment Dems Black voters are leaning toward Joe Biden for 2020, notes FiveThirtyEight’s Perry Bacon, Jr., and “that team-up — black voters and the more establishment candidate — is not unusual.” Why? Many reasons: Establishment candidates are “established” with, and have ties to, black communities. “Black voters are pragmatic” — tending to vote for the candidate with the best chance of beating a Republican. Also, black leaders “are part of the establishment and… Read full this story
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