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We Must Destroy Norm Macdonald for Refusing to Join Our Outrage Mob

Remember Norm Macdonald? Back in the 1990s, he spent a few years anchoring the Weekend Update desk on Saturday Night Live. There he made a number of jokes about O.J. Simpson pretty obviously murdering his wife, which didn't go over too well with NBC executive (and Simpson pal) Don Ohlmeyer. Then Macdonald starred in a few movies and a couple of sitcoms, did some standup comedy specials, wrote a fictional "memoir," and hosted a web show with a mentally challenged fella named Adam Eget. Macdonald is less famous than a lot of people, but more famous than most of us. He's basically at a Norm Macdonald level of fame, which seems pretty appropriate. He's what they call a comic's comic ("they" meaning people who say things like, "He's a comic's comic"). Now he's got a Netflix show coming out. But then, who doesn't?

There was a time when I would've considered myself a Norm Macdonald fanboy. Back then, just thinking of the phrase "Fifteen dollars a man" or picturing his hunger strike to protest Margaret Thatcher could get me chuckling on a weekday morning. Macdonald could make me laugh like nobody else. I liked him so much that whenever I wrote about him, I didn't even have to look up the spelling of his last name.

That's why it's sad that now I have to turn my back on him for refusing to join my chosen outrage mob.

Yesterday the Hollywood Reporter published an interview with Macdonald, and he said a lot of things you're not supposed to say if you want to work in show business in 2018. After expressing bad opinions like "Trump isn't so awful, I guess" and "The Constitution makes sense" and "Lefties in LA are crazy," Mr. Macdonald really put his foot in it.


I'm happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit. It used to be, "One hundred women can't be lying." And then it became, "One woman can't lie." And that became, "I believe all women." And then you're like, "What?"...

The model used to be: admit wrongdoing, show complete contrition and then we give you a second chance. Now it's admit wrongdoing and you're finished. And so the only way to survive is to deny, deny, deny. That's not healthy — that there is no forgiveness.

Louis [C.K.] and Roseanne [Barr] are the two people I know. And Roseanne was so broken up [after her show's reboot was canceled] that I got Louis to call her, even though Roseanne was very hard on Louis before that. But she was just so broken and just crying constantly. There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, "What about the victims?" But you know what? The victims didn't have to go through that.