The cancel culture never stops working. They recently targeted former Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings over a four-year-old tweet. Sony Pictures Television had announced that he would be one of the several guest hosts taking over the show in January, following the death of host Alex Trebek.
It first started with a tweet on September 22, 2014. “Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair,” Jennings wrote. The comment wasn’t acknowledged or attacked publicly until 2018, in response to someone retweeting his comments. Shortly after, he wrote a formal apology on Twitter to anyone who was hurt or angered by the joke personally.
“I never did a public flogging for this but I did apologize personally to angry/hurt people who reached out personally. It was a joke so inept that it meant something very different in my head [and] I regret the ableist plain reading of it,” he wrote.
The tweet was not brought up again until Jennings was announced to take over the popular quiz show Jeopardy. Actress Yvette Nicolle Brown tweeted “nope” in regards to Sony’s casting choice, which started a conversation in the comments about all of Jenning’s tweets. “His tweet was bad enough. But the arrogance or callousness to leave it up [on his feed] says more about him than the horrible tweet does,” she explained in the comments.
This isn’t the first time the radical left has attacked Jenning’s over things he said. They also cited him being cruel in 2015 when he tweeted “It can’t be a good sign that every fan who has seen the new Star Wars movie died shortly thereafter” shortly after Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood passed.
Sony Pictures Television has not issued a public statement regarding the tweets, though Jennings has strongly advocated against deleting old tweets. While many left-winged politicians are quick to delete whatever upsets the majority of people, Jennings pointed out in 2018 that deleting old tweets, “even the gross ones,” seems like whitewashing.
“Yeah..not sure if I’ll be able to watch Jeopardy after learning what an ableist trash-heap Ken Jennings is. That just sucks,” tweeted Rebecca Cokley, director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress.
Do jokes really need explaining? The left claimed that his wheelchair joke “ruined and destroyed thousands of lives,” but seem to forget that Twitter is just an online forum for sharing random ideas and jokes, not some therapeutic safe spot. The cancel culture really needs to learn that they don’t speak for everyone – just a few offended individuals.