Multi-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke stunned many observers by coming out swinging against liberal cancel culture.
Hawke made the remarks during an interview with The Guardian during which he discussed his new novel, which deals which themes he believes are difficult to discuss in an atmosphere where liberal cancel culture reigns:
As The Daily Wire reports:
“It’s a book in which sex is described regularly and frankly. [The protagonist has a relationship with a much younger woman.] Did you find this difficult in the current environment?” asked The Guardian.
“Our sexual identity and the relationship we have through it, to ourselves and to others, is defining in our lives. And in the light of cancel culture and shaming – while a lot of this moment is very helpful – it’s a difficult time to say: ‘I want to be open about the idiosyncrasies of human sexuality,’” he said. “What’s that great Mark Twain line? ‘The aim of art is to alleviate shame.’ We’re in this period now when you can’t even write about bad behaviour because it might seem like you’re condoning it. You have to be able to create a character who does things they wish they didn’t do. I went back and forth on it, because it’s just a petrifying time to speak about male sexuality. If you can’t shine a light into dark corners, the demons that live there will never go away.”
Ethan Hawke’s condemnation of cancel culture follows “Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston, who lamented that such a culture kills forgiveness.