Jodie Comer has rightfully been winning plaudits from many in recent years, with her powerhouse performances as Villanelle in the hit drama Killing Eve earning Comer much praise. She has become the nation’s sweetheart in the United Kingdom – a nation which usually revels in the chance of building someone up, before tearing them apart.
Arguably, that very process has begun in recent days, as Jodie Comer became the latest public figure to be ‘cancelled’. For once, this hasn’t been perpetrated by the media, with instead users on Twitter becoming enraged.
Why the outrage? Because Comer fell in love with someone that supports the Republican Party in the USA. Yes, you read that correctly – as Comer had the audacity to fall in love with someone that has slightly different political views than some, this is cause for “cancelling”. It is a sad indictment of the world we live in.
Normally, any celebrity that dares to depart from far-left politics enrages the folks down at The Guardian, but even they stayed quiet on this issue.
As mentioned, Jodie Comer has made the news recently due to the publicity caused by her romance with partner James Burke – who hails from USA. Burke, like tens of millions of fellow Americans – supports the Republican Party.
Everyone is entitled to their own political beliefs – or so it seems. Some Twitter users clearly have other ideas, deciding to “cancel” Comer because of her falling in love with this man.
We don’t typically “choose” who to fall in love with – instead it just happens. When you love someone deeply, you are able to look past some areas that you might disagree with. Comer and Burke are in a private relationship – they deserve privacy.
But such is the state of “cancel culture”, that Comer received all manner of vitriol after news of her partner’s political affiliation became public. Take a look at some of the below posts.
Those supporting what is best described as the ‘radical left’, appear to follow the idea that everyone should follow an exact agenda, and dare a person not conform to this, they should be ‘cancelled’.
If this is the case, then it sets a very worrying precedent for the future. Those that perpetrate this idea that everyone must follow a certain agenda seem to wield a significant amount of power. In many cases, sponsorships will be lost, reputations will be hit, and careers ended due this ridiculous ‘cancelling culture’.
There is no doubt that love is love. Those that are castigating Comer for falling in love with a Republican are the same people who state that same-sex relationships have a perfect place in society; they suggest, correctly, that love is love, and that each person has the divine right of falling in love with whoever they like. Yet here, this doesn’t seem to work both ways.
And aren’t these the people that cry out for women to be seen as strong and independent (which they are). Yet it seems that Comer cannot have a different opinion to her partner, as if she is the property of him. The hypocrisy is endless.
Unfortunately, the ‘cancelling culture’ only seems to be getting more common. Dare have a different opinion to the norm, and you will be hunted down by a pack of bloodthirsty wolves. These are worrying times.
In an age where feelings of entitlement are high, and people are unable to accept that others may have different opinions, people are aiming to shut down any sensible discussion, instead “cancelling” the person. What a world we live in.