‘Cancel Culture’ Still Isn’t Real

‘Cancel Culture’ Still Isn’t Real

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Earlier in June, a conservative journalist named Fiona Moriarity-McLaughlin faced the wrath of Twitter after a video of her seemingly asking a man boarding up a storefront in Santa Monica if she could hold his drill for a photo went viral. It was shared by celebrities including Ava DuVernay and Lebron James, and Moriarity-McLaughlin was doxxed after her full name, home address, and phone number were posted on social media.

In a USA Today essay published this week, Moriarity-McLaughlin, who has since lost her internship with the conservative news site the Washington Examiner, claims that the viral video “misrepresented” the situation and that she is just the latest target of “cancel culture.” I could be wrong here, but don’t you have to actually have some sort of fame or public presence to be “canceled”? Sorry, but I don’t think it counts as a cancellation if your fame only lasted 17 seconds.

Moriarity-McLaughlin claims that on the day the video was taken, she was driving around Los Angeles in the wake of the protests over George Floyd’s murder, wanting to “visit the destruction and document what [she] saw.” After filming clean-up and construction crews, she was allegedly discussing the clean-up with one of the construction workers, who then jokingly handed her the drill for a photo, which she posed for out of politeness. Maybe I’m doing this journalism thing wrong, but don’t journalists usually take photos of their subjects, not themselves?

After the man who’d accompanied Moriarty-McLaughlin to the scene—who she identifies as her father, not her boyfriend as he had been reported at the time—snapped the photo, she continues, “I noticed two activists who had been watching and filming me nearby. They heckled me, called out ‘Bla

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Lakers Legend Magic Johnson: Bronny James Has Chance to Be Better Than LeBron

Lakers Legend Magic Johnson: Bronny James Has Chance to Be Better Than LeBron
LeBron James, left, poses with his son Bronny after Sierra Canyon beat Akron St. Vincent - St. Mary in a high school basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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LeBron James Jr. is still three years from even graduating high school, but Magic Johnson thinks he can end up even better than his father, LeBron James, via TMZ Sports.

“Normally what happens is sometimes with all that skill and talent that LeBron has, it passes to his son,” Johnson said. “I think that he has a chance to be unbelievable and either just as good as his dad or a little better.”

Bronny has showcased plenty of potential for his age, displaying the natural abilities and feel for the game that his father had.

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