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Rowan Atkinson hates the Witch Hunters

British actor Rowan Atkinson who is world-famous for his role as Mr Bean denounced ‘cancel culture’ this week. He calls it the 21st-century digital equivalent of a revolutionary mob out on a witch hunt.

‘The problem we have online is that an algorithm decides what we want to see, which ends up creating a simplistic, binary view of society,’ Atkinson told the U.K.’s Radio Times, reported by Variety Magazine. ‘It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be ‘cancelled.’

Atkinson stressed that cancel culture impedes the free exchange of ideas because an online mob such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter etc. dictates what acceptable opinions and flames people who think differently.

‘It’s important that we’re exposed to a wide spectrum of opinion, but what we have now is the digital equivalent of the medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn. So it is scary for anyone who’s a victim of that mob and it fills me with fear about the future,’ Atkinson said.

The British actor is far from the only celebrity in recent weeks to speak out against cancel culture, as society’s addiction to the practice has escalated to new heights in the last year.

We live in this cancel culture of people erring and doing wrong either on purpose or by accident and there’s less forgiveness in our world,’ Cranston said. ‘I think we’re unfortunately in a coarser environment. I think our societies have become harder and less understanding, less tolerant, less forgiving.’

Indeed, just several days prior, the New York Times relished its role in ruining the life of an 18-year-old girl in Virginia for a rap-like slur caught in a three-second video four years ago, when she was 15. Mimi Groves, captured on a tape held until the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, has since lost her admission to the University of Tennessee along with a coveted spot on the school cheerleading team. Groves is now attending a local community college.

Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020 presidential campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com. Source

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  1. What serendipity! Just last night Frank and I took a break from all the seriousness of life these days and watched a full-length old Mr. Bean movie. We rolled with laughter. I had not seen Mr. Bean in many many years, and in fact we wondered out loud whether he was still alive or not.
    Imagine my surprise at this little happenstance this morning as I see your article about Rowan Atkinson the Mr. Bean actor. I am so glad to see him denouncing the “cancel culture”.

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