The holy trinity of Woke dogma is all white people are irredeemable racists, all men are rapists and anyone defending free speech is a uniform wearing Nazi.
Woke justice is whatever a victim says on Twitter, due process is heteronormative white cis male privilege and it’s far better 10 innocent cis men go to prison than one guilty cis male doesn’t because, you know ‘patriarchy’.
The woke lynch mob on Twitter have been salivating over cancelling Martin Devlin for some time and the cancel culture journalism at Stuff has you openly wondering if their intense and never flinching gaze on every tiny detail of Devlin’s latest troubles is driven by Devlin holding Alison Mau’s pets hostage or something.
Stuff’s desperate drive to uncover the next Harvey Weinstein has blinded them to being anything more than a lynch mob. The way they have insinuated there was something off about Devlin contacting a female staff member and their attempt to paint him out as a violent thug using snowflake trigger thresholds are part and parcel of their woke cancel culture journalism.
If it hadn’t been for Devlin’s partner, the amazingly courageous Andi Brotherston, we wouldn’t know the other side of the story in her must read Twitter thread.
The rudeness of the millennial upstart who burst into Devlin’s studio and demanded Devlin break into his program for breaking news but then wouldn’t tell Devlin what the breaking news was (because Devlin was beneath this journalists contempt) is rarely explained but Devlin lashing out is constantly played up.
The way Stuff have consistently insinuated there was something untoward in his email to another female staff member (when as Andi points out it was Devlin calling her out on her attitude) is grotesquely defamatory.
Hearing the other side of the cancel culture list of sins makes Martin less the pinnacle of white cis male privilege and far more like any bloke over 50 putting up with a younger generation who wallow in a sanctimonious trigger free safe space while screaming wolf at everything that moves.
So this would be the end of this column, a cautionary tale about woke journalism and the drive to smear any target for a list of woke crimes, except the story doesn’t end.
Last night Martin Devlin attempted suicide.
Which the Wellington Twitterati and Stuff should celebrate right? They’ve reached the top of woke cancel culture, snuff activism.
They have goaded a white cis male into attempting suicide and that’s good because it’s the ultimate deplatforming isn’t it?
Is Stuff feeling righteous yet? Are the woke sated?
Of course they aren’t, their noble mission to dismantle white cis male privilege is too important to worry about innocent lives wrecked.
I always thought the first snuff activism would be Andrew Tidball, or that Labour Party staffer The Spin-off framed, or the staffer Mallard smeared or anyone Alison Mau crucifies, that it’s Devlin who almost died is a sad shock.
There urgently needs to be an investigation at Stuff to review the way they covered this story and if their cancel culture journalism was responsible.
NZME being held hostage by woke tantrums is equally cowardly as well as their attempt to legally gag Andi.
What a sad day for NZ journalism.
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