‘When the crowd comes’ is the cancel culture takedown we need
“When The Crowd Comes” offers a brief but important history lesson in the middle of the film.
The Cultural Revolution, the 10-year period in which Chinese youth helped get rid of the “Old Four” – Old Thoughts, Old Cultures, Old Customs and Old Habits – left behind. up to 2 million people died.
Caylan Ford, the film’s canceled star, offers three words to summarize that movement’s spiritual cousin in the West – Cancel Culture.
“What’s our excuse?”
The film also leaves the question hanging in the air. You might not get a better insight into both Cancel Culture and its ill effects on culture than this blistering “Crowd.” So why aren’t more filmmakers addressing this important topic?
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Ford, a Canadian-born and screenwriter (“Don’t ask questions”), was running as the candidate of the United Conservative Party of Alberta when a last-minute dirty trick brought down more than her campaign.
It crushed her life.
A left-wing news outlet selectively edited private comments Ford made on Facebook to describe her as a white supremacist. There is no point in Ford’s résumé suggesting any such thinking.
The story moves at breakneck speed, and all the usual suspects are held accountable.
“When The Crowd Appears” pokes fun at reporters who took the Press Progress story about her fraudulently edited comments about the faith without questioning the motive behind the release. its performance or the content of the Ford character.
She represents the wrong party, and she must be destroyed. And she is, to some extent.
“When the crowd comes” allows the part-time filmmaker to correct the recording and, more importantly, warns us that we might be next.
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The documentary is slow, and viewers with no interest in Canadian politics may become frustrated with that initial approach. It’s a necessity, requiring patience to grasp the entire cancellation process, its origins, and how something like this can happen.
The movie shows how Cancel Culture doesn’t just knock one person down. It expands their sphere of influence, persuading others to stay away from them at all costs.
The two were criticized as white supremacists by the same Press Progress outfit for having “liked” two of the Tweets disparaging Ford’s political evil. As a result, very few people were brave enough to side with Ford then or now.
“Most people think it would be easier if I pretended not to exist,” she says in the film.
Ford, who co-directed Mob, recorded her fluctuating mental state during the ordeal. She is defiant and defeated, hoping and worried about a culture that will allow someone to be mistreated in this way.
Ford has become a de facto expert on Cancellation Culture and the lies associated with it, and she proves it by pointing out the toxic nature of the movement. Apologies make matters worse and do not inspire forgiveness.
We have seen that time and time again. Consider a very recent example of a sports announcer who accidentally said “the n word” during a broadcast.
He was quick to apologize for his mistake and give considerable context as to why he slipped. He is now unemployed.
Glen Kuiper’s statement:
“I wish Oakland A’s and NBC Sports would consider my 20-year career, solid reputation, integrity, and character, but in the current environment, traits like integrity and character way is no longer considered.”#Olympic pic.twitter.com/yOBoLWPaWk
– Rooted (@uprootedoakland) May 23, 2023
It’s impossible to watch this Canadian horror show and out of touch with American culture, the way the US media works, and the growing eagerness for silence.
Journalists are, of course, part of the problem, and “Mob” expertly details their fear, their willingness to suppress dissent, that makes the problem so much more. How worse.
A radio reporter who dared to interview Ford suffered punishments as severe as those of the former candidate.
“When The Crowd Comes” begins with the story of Caylan Ford and in a way, it never leaves her side.
“It’s like you’re a ghost. You’re half dead but you’re still here. There’s no way to ease the pain,” Ford says at the end of the film.
The documentary is not about Ford. It’s about us.
Canceling Culture is real, dangerous, and it destroys more than just individual lives. It extinguishes freedom, feeds fear, and will bring down Western culture if left unchecked.
“Mob” is shot in detail, allowing Ford to tell her story and for a documentary that arouses suspicion. Here, that criticism has much less merit. Everyone, from social media to the press, has told Ford’s story and told it badly.
Her turn was overdue.
Hit or miss: “When The Crowd Comes” offers a macabre and cautionary tale about the ultimate goals of Cancel Culture and its supporters.