Kim Klacik, the Republican nominee who ran to replace the late Elijah Cummings in Congress, appeared on Fox News’ Outnumbered on Friday and had zero sympathy for Alexi McCammond.
McCammond was in the news last week for resigning from her new job as editor of Teen Vogue before she assumed the role over old tweets mocking Asians and using anti-gay slurs, and Klacik noted that McCammond was “a pioneer when it came to cancel culture.”
“If they can come after Ms. McCammond, anyone will be under scrutiny and we should be worried about that,” she explained. “She was a teenager at the time, but I remember when Ms. McCammond came after Charles Barkley for a bad joke he told many years ago. So she was a pioneer when it came to cancel culture.”
“Now to see cancel culture devouring one of its own pioneers, again, anyone is up for scrutiny at this point in time,” Klacik added. “But we do need to have room for growth. I think that is what a lot of people say is the problem about cancel culture. How do you grow and learn if you can’t make mistakes connect that’s part of life.”
It was at this point that the former candidate let it be known that she was shedding no tears for McCammond.
“I don’t feel terribly bad for her, because like I said, she was a pioneer in the cancel culture movement,” Klacik said. “But again, that set the dangerous precedent for so many people moving forward. We’ve done a lot of things as teenagers. I know a lot of people who are older. Thank goodness they didn’t have social media in their teenage years where they would be caught up, too. But we have to have some forgiveness here.”
Co-host Katie Pavlich pointed to the media as having some responsibility for the left’s cancel culture.
“They were using woke-ism to go after their political enemies, but now we see them eating their own, and this comes from a place of intolerance despite the left claiming they are the tolerant side of the political aisle, and nobody will be left unscathed,” she said. “The truth is that the media has a lot of responsibility for fueling the monster of cancel culture and woke-ism for going after private citizens for tweets, for going after politicians who tweeted something.”
“It’s quite unfortunate that these newsrooms are now taking a stance that if he said something and apologized for it that there is no grace, no moving forward,” Pavlich continued. “And where this really comes from is there are a number of students who are in these college environments of woke-ism that is about cancel culture and having no room for growth or discussion, quite frankly, all these people have now moved into newsrooms, whether it’s The New York Times, Teen Vogue, and all across the spectrum of media.”
She said, “there needs to be room for discussion, forgiveness, and moving forward without ruining careers and lives.”
“As teenagers or maybe just in general, maybe someone said something and they didn’t mean it or it wasn’t of the best professional — I would say capacity, but there needs to be room for discussion, forgiveness, and moving forward without ruining careers and lives,” Pavlich concluded.
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