Public execution of Free-Speech #ImWithNorm.
“Seek first to understand, then to be understood” — Stephen R. Covey.
Norm Macdonald, one my heroes and favourite comedians, faced a brutal public execution for expressing his opinion.
Since when did we become so naive and thin-skinned to not be able to handle an opinion that we found was not in line with ours.
— I believe in Norm Macdonald; I have since I was young, I’ve always looked up to him for his comedic bravery.
As a young and lonely child who not only struggled with severe mental illness, as a result of panic attacks; I was isolated and had very little contact with the outside world. Norm was my only form of entertainment, a true visionary — he made me happy and made life worth living. Norm Macdonald’s work saved my life twice and motivated me to continue to go on living. As such, as I find that Norm is going through, a man that literally saved my life — not figuratively but literally saved my life, I cannot stand by and do nothing as he is being butchered for expressing his opinions. Norm Macdonald spoke about his own inner-battle with panic attacks. It feels like drowning, it feels like the world is going to fall apart — it feels like death. For Norm to go on and defend his views and face scrutiny for expressing his opinion shatters my soul to its core. I wouldn’t wish this kind of scrutiny on anybody for expressing their opinion; I stand by Norm, and I hope that people will too. Norm saved my life, Now it’s my turn to stand up for him and do everything that I possibly can to let him know he has nothing to apologise for.
Know this Norm, I love your work and I commend you on your bravery; I hope that people find it in their heart to move on from this and truly appreciate you for standing up for people you care about.
I followed his career as he was shunned by NBC executives because he refused to give up mocking O.J. Simpson, he went onto mock him again at the ESPYS.
It was comedy, it still is; comedians are not a hill for a political agenda to be mounted on.
If we want to start executing people for expressing opinions that we find repulsive or disagree with, how are we supposed to have an argument? How are we to resolve a situation?
I do not think Norm Macdonald did anything wrong, I do not think he needed to apologise, and I do not believe that kicking him off the set as he’s ready to appear on the Tonight Show was in any way, shape, or form an example of bravery.
Talk shows represented a place for open-argument, if there was to be resolution to be reached and amendments to be made — why did Norm Macdonald have to be cancelled from appearing on the Tonight Show?
Was it because Jimmy Fallon is too incompetent to handle a decent argument or was it that NBC simply felt it would hurt Jimmy Fallon’s shinning reputation of having to fake laughter for his guests.
I guess it must be tiring for young Jimmy Fallon to be forced to laugh at things he does not find funny.
It must be even harder for him to face a situation where he would be called on to have a decent conversation with a guest.
I have stood beside the #MeToo Movement, I’ve supported it, and I’ve believed in it.
I still do.
Movements cannot, and I repeat, CAN NOT achieve their goal if open-conversation and arguments are not allowed.
The Civil Rights movement was successful because people had the opportunity to Speak. They were beaten up for it…but that didn’t stop them for Speaking about the atrocities and injustices of society they felt had to change.
I do not think Norm Macdonald was wrong about his opinion that people can lie for attention, take advantage of a movement for their personal benefit, and the results can be severely dangerous.
I agree with Norm Macdonald that there could be a day that a human being will end their life because of a false accusation.
What Norm Macdonald expressed was his opinion that there should be due-process before we execute people we ‘assume’ are guilty.
What Norm Macdonald expressed was that in order to remedy a situation we need to find it in ourselves to forgive people, to allow them the opportunity to change as an example for society; as a human kind we should be allowed the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and do better.
People make mistakes, People do things they’re ashamed of, it doesn’t mean they do not have the ability to change.
So was it too far-fetched for Norm Macdonald to ask simply that we be forgiving of people and give them a second chance to prove they can do better and learn from their mistakes?
I do not think so.
Because the progress and success of any logical movement has always been through due-process and the ability to change, change for good, and acknowledging that our past mistakes cannot be forgotten but must be remembered so that we do better in the future.