Malta’s Education Minister has come out in support of former US President Barack Obama’s criticism of the toxic cancel culture currently pervasive in modern society.
Writing on Facebook, Minister Evarist Bartolo said:
“How right Barack Obama is about those who look down and condemn our weaknesses from a mountain top when we work to make things better than they are.”
While possibly a dig at recent claims concerning a Times of Malta journalist, the minister’s comments come just as Malta finds itself in a grip of several incidents of social media justice.
Despite largely staying out of the spotlight since leaving the presidency, Obama’s sporadic public appearances often deserve a listen.
Speaking at an Obama Foundation event on Tuesday, the former president had some choice words for the current climate:
“This idea of purity, and you’re never compromised, and you’re politically woke, and all that stuff — you should get over that quickly. . . . The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”
“I do get a sense sometimes now among certain young people—and this is accelerated by social media—there is this sense sometimes the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people and that’s enough. . . . Like, if I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right, or use the wrong verb, then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself. ‘Cuz man, did you see how woke I was? I called you out!’”
While Malta moves from outrage to outrage, ready to point fingers and express opinions against those who contradict their established view, maybe a tip or two from Obama could solve your latest social media spat.