#MeToo pioneers “pre-censorship,” akin to “pre-crime”

From Brendan O’Neill at Spiked:

Consider what has happened to Katie Roiphe over the past 48 hours. Roiphe is one of America’s most interesting essayists and authors, having come to public prominence with her precocious 1994 book The Morning After: Sex, Fear and Feminism and going on to write everything from cultural criticism to a book on famous writers’ dying hours. She is currently the target of a most extraordinary Twitterstorm – a furious, censorious rage not over something she has said, but over something people think she is going to say in a future issue of Harper’s. We’ve had precrime; this is precensorship, the violent-minded punishment of an author for what she might at some point utter.

The Twitterati heard whispers that Roiphe, in a March feature for Harper’s, will name the woman responsible for the Shitty Media Men list, a kind of informal blacklist of journalists and editors who allegedly behave badly towards women, and they went berserk. They said this would endanger the creator of the Shitty Media Men list. More.

Reality check: Berserk is the #MeToo Twitteratis normal setting. They do not have lives; they have causes. They do not have relationships; they have power struggles. And they think everyone lives that way.

See also: Caught: Progressive leaders flashing the white power sign? It actually doesn’t matter what it means, of course, because the Trump derangees will soon be seeing these kinds of messages in the clouds in their coffee …

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