I honestly don’t know which I find more repulsive – Michael Korenberg’s apology and resignation for daring to hold a personal opinion (which he renounced in a heartbeat), or the Cancel Culture warriors’ belief they and they alone are the arbiters of “approved” opinions.
On June 20, 2020, Michael Korenberg resigned from his position as Chair of the UBC Board of Governors.
His crime? “Liking” Twitter posts from [gasp!] Republicans.
A university is supposed to be a place where ideas can be discussed openly and honestly; a place where opposing ideas can duke it out in the marketplace of free ideas.
Supposed to be.
Universities stopped being this a long time ago.
Now we’ve stooped to a new low – where simply “liking” an unapproved Twitter or Facebook post requires the immediate and total capitulation of the offender.
The cold hard reality is that Cancel Culture cannot exist without a pre-existing Coward Culture, and Korenberg is its latest member.
In offering his neck to the chopping block, President of Coward Culture International Michael Korenberg said:
Please accept this letter as my resignation as Board Chair of the UBC Board of Governors effective immediately.
In doing so, I acknowledge that, with my role as Chair and as a proud member of the UBC community, there comes great responsibility. Some of my interactions with social media have thoughtlessly supported regressive voices that are attempting to discredit broad-based, legal and necessary protest. As a result, my interactions have been interpreted in a manner that creates questions about who I am and what I believe in. I wholeheartedly apologize to them, particularly to students, faculty and staff of UBC.
If these “interactions” created questions about what Mr. Korenberg believes in, well, perhaps those taking issue with his Twitter likes should seek therapy for their pathetic and far-too-fragile egos.
The unpalatable (to them) reality is Korenberg is entitled to his personal opinion and doesn’t require anyone’s prior permission or approval to hold it.
That Michael Korenberg cowardly bowed down and sacrificed himself on the altar of political correctness so fast is deeply distressing, for it empowers, encourages and emboldens this already out-of-control mob.
But hey, I’ve “liked” an unapproved Tweet or two from Republicans in the past, too, so why should you listen to me?