September 13, 2018
This man literally can’t not open his mouth and say something un-PC. This was even back in the days when he was making fun of OJ – a big nono – and it cost him a comedy career.
The comedian is facing a second round of backlash this week — this time for referring to a genetic disorder to emphasize a point about his support of the #MeToo movement.
“You’d have to have Down Syndrome to not feel sorry for — of course, #MeToo is what you want for your daughters. And you want that to be the future world,” Macdonald told Howard Stern on Wednesday.
Stop. That’s literally it. This is just another variant of the whole R-word made-up controversy.
“@normmacdonald you made fun of people with Downs Syndrome, and the me too movement?,” noted one detractor, adding, “I’ve never cared for your attempt at humor. Always thought you just got lucky somewhere. Now I just find you ignorant and vile. You don’t seem very bright either, so I’ll help you – you suck.”
Another observer offered an even more blunt assessment: “This clueless mother f—er just tried to say his #MeToo comments were misconstrued by making a Downs Syndrome joke. Are you f—ing serious @normmacdonald ?”
“People with downs syndrome are beautiful and should not be dragged into any conversation in a negative light! Norm Macdonald needs to sit down (in the corner) with his straight, white, male privilege! #ByeGirl,” tweeted another.
These people talk like a caricature of a /pol/ user imitating a Tumblr user.
Seriously, I remember those halcyon days. When this kind of stuff was confined to the internet and to humanities departments at unis. Now, it seems to be everywhere. And if even I’m struggling to believe that the Freak Mafia is so real and so out of control, I can only imagine what Boomers are feeling.
And Norm has a history of saying that shit’s retarded.
And then they started tightening the screws.
The comments were met with intense backlash on social media, leading to his Tuesday appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” being canceled just moments before it was scheduled to begin.
“[Fallon] was very broken up about it. And he said ‘I don’t know what to do. And I said ‘Should I not do the show?’” Macdonald told Stern. The comedian said Fallon told him he was getting “pressure from so many people” and senior producers were crying over Macdonald’s appearance.
Ultimately, Fallon told him that doing the segment so soon after the comments were published would “hurt the show,” Macdonald said. “And I said, ‘Jimmy I don’t want to hurt your show. That is the last thing I want to do.’”
Macdonald has since apologized for the comments in a tweet.
Is this actually a… wait for it… a smiting?
Nah, jokes aside. Feels bad for Norm. He’s cool.