A left-wing journalist who had a history of dismissing the immense damage that cancel/outrage culture has been inflicting on society has just been cancelled himself in a moment some are calling “karmic.”
“That reporter is no longer with the Register,” The Des Moines Register reported Thursday, referring to disgraced former Register news writer Aaron Calvin.
Calvin became public enemy number one this week after he dug into a good samaritan’s Twitter history and discovered allegedly “offensive” tweets the person had written as a teen years ago.
In response to his hit piece, public sleuths wound up digging through his Twitter profile and discovering a litany of equally “offensive” tweets.
Look (*Language warning):
— kibbutz jitters (@shak091379) September 25, 2019
Hey @aaronpcalvin, perhaps you should’ve cleaned up your own skeletons before you smeared someone who’s actually doing some good for society, ya prick. #PrivateProfileToHide #BoycottDMRegister #BoycottBusch #StandWithCarson #ForTheKids pic.twitter.com/iPSIlazctT
— Brianna (@bribaldwin7) September 25, 2019
— Blackbeard (@SidtheKidd87) September 25, 2019
Thanks to these tweets, Calvin is now unemployed. Oh well …
The good samaritan whom he’d targeted was Carson King, an Iowa resident who became an overnight sensation after an ESPN video of him holding up a sign at a “College GameDay” football game earlier this month went viral.
“Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished,” the cheeky sign read. Included was his Venmo ID. Venmo is a mobile app that allows people to send and receive money digitally.
Not only did the clip go viral, but it also inspired an untold number of Americans to donate real money to the man’s Venmo. He wound up raising a whopping $1 million and becoming an even bigger sensation after he chose to donate his earnings to the University of Iowa’s Children’s Hospital.
With all the donations my @CollegeGameDay sign for @BuschBeer has received, I will be donating all but enough for a case of Busch Light to @uiowa Children’s Hospital. We’re at over $1,600.00 right now! @CycloneATH @WideRtNattyLt @ChrisMWilliams Venmo Carson-King-25
— Carson King (@CarsonKing2) September 14, 2019
It gets better. Both Venmo and Busch Light decided to match his donation. Moreover, Busch chose to make a gesture to thank King for his immense generosity. The beer brand vowed to provide him with a year’s worth of beer and said each can would feature his face on the side of it.
“Hey @CarsonKing2, we said we’d send you a year’s worth of Busch Light, but first we had to make sure the cans were fit for a King. Let us know where to send the truck. #IowaLegend,” the beer brand wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
Learn more about the offer below:
But then something happened. Calvin wrote a veritable hit piece on King in which he exposed the man for “offensive” tweets he’d posted in 2011 as a 16-year-old high school kid.
In response, Carson immediately apologized.
“[W]hen I was a sophomore in high school, I made some social media posts with my friends that quoted and referenced the show ‘Tosh.0,'” he wrote in a statement shared to Twitter on Tuesday.
“One of those posts was brought to my attention by a member of the media today. I had no recollection of it. In re-reading it today – eight years later – I see it was an attempt at humor that was offensive and hurtful. I am so embarrassed and stunned to reflect on what I thought was funny when I was 16 years old. I want to sincerely apologize,” he continued.
— Carson King (@CarsonKing2) September 25, 2019
But it was already too late. Because of Carson’s tweets, Busch rescinded its offer for free beer. It also appears the brand has reduced its matching donation as well.
“We’re going to match your donation to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and we’ll throw in some of that Busch Light you were looking for,” the brand had originally written in a since-deleted tweet that was posted last week.
But speaking to CNN this week, a spokesperson said “that the company would still donate more than $350,000 to the hospital as promised, but it had rescinded its beer offer. Instead, it will add the value of the year’s supply to its donation.”
It’s not clear whether the brand had intended to just donate $350,000 all along — or whether it reduced its “matching donation” after the controversy erupted.
What is clear is that Busch Light’s change in plans occurred specifically because of Calvin’s hit piece. What’s also clear is that Calvin is now unemployed for the same reason.
Many find it “karmic” and “ironic” because Calvin is a left-winger who’d recently retweeted a story from The New Republic, a radically far-left blog, titled, “The ‘Cancel Culture’ Con.”
— ????? ??????? (@cjlathrop) September 25, 2019
The irony and “karma” are ones for the ages:
— Jennifer (@Gerbs919) September 27, 2019
@aaronpcalvin Sorry not sorry about your job.
Karma is a big scary dog and it just got a nice bite of soy. #MAGA
— PugsBucsGOP ❌ (@PugsBucsGOP) September 27, 2019
Hahaha @aaronpcalvin got fired by the Des Moines Register because of some of his old tweets. Karma is a bitch. And now he locked his account. Justice has been served!!!
— Joe (@TurfwayJoe) September 27, 2019
The ultimate irony, of course, is that just before @aaronpcalvin tweeted his own article that got him cancelled, he retweeted that absurd article by @OsitaNwanevu claiming that cancel culture doesn’t exist pic.twitter.com/fXNyeBoySQ
— Lawyer Cat* (@LawyerCat_) September 27, 2019
You gotta love the irony. Journalist digs up tweets on a guy who donated a million dollars to charity, only to have his own tweets dug up. What does it prove? We all say shitty things. Hey @aaronpcalvin here’s a little advice….don’t do that again. Let good things happen. u ass
— Matt Pitchford (@PCloud76) September 25, 2019