The reaction was as sweeping as it was swift. In a moment of time, TV and movie star Gina Carano was fired by Disney from her role on The Mandalorian and dropped by her talent agency. What did she to do deserve such harsh treatment? In a social media post, she compared societal hatred in America today because of one’s political views with societal hatred of the Jews in Nazi Germany before the Nazis implemented their maniacal extermination plan. For that, she was cancelled.
This is what Carano posted: “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children.”
She continued: “Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”
So, Carano was not comparing the slaughter of 6 million Jews, among them 1.5 million children and babies, to the treatment of Americans who hold to politically unpopular views. Instead, she was comparing the attacks on Jews, simply because they were Jews, with attacks on Americans today, simply because of their dissenting political views.
A Valid Point, Albeit Exaggerated to an Extent
Was her point exaggerated? To an extent, it certainly was.
Are Christian conservatives (and others who are not PC) being beaten in the streets the way Jews were in Nazi Germany? Absolutely, categorically not.
But was there merit to her overall point? Yes, there was.
She was saying, “Learn a lesson from history! It is dangerous and potentially deadly to demonize and marginalize a sector of society, branding them pariahs that are not fit to live, simply based on their ideology or belief or religion or ethnicity.”
What is so outrageous about making this point?
At most, she could have been lectured about being more careful in her comparisons, lest the unspeakable magnitude of the Holocaust be minimized. And she could have apologized for any misunderstanding and stood by the overall point she was making.
But to be fired and dropped in a matter of hours reflects something terribly wrong with our culture — and it was the very thing against which she was warning.
The fact is that the more you demonize one particular part of the population, the more you open the door for violent acts to be committed against them.
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SOURCE: Stream.org, Michael Brown
Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries. He is the author of 40 books. Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.