Examples of Public Discourse (Good and Bad): Woman asks for Mike Rowe to be Fired

This is an ongoing series based on two articles I previously wrote. You can find those here and here

If this example doesn’t typify the incredulous attitude of people, perhaps most predominant on the Left, then it doesn’t exist. Mike Rowe is the host of the show Dirty Jobs, narrator of How the Universe Works, and host of Returning the Favor. He is a humble, well-liked (well, mostly at least), wholesome personality that so rarely graces our television screens these days.

Rowe has a strong social media presence which has garnered a strong following. Seizing that opportunity, as almost every other entertainer does these days, Rowe has offered his analysis and evaluation of many political, social, and economic issues. In particular, he is probably most well known for his advocacy of rethinking the education system in relation to its lack of preparation of young-adults with marketable skills. In short, he would say that college is largely a drain on the economy, leaving many in debt with no job prospects. In turn he advocates for the emphasis of vocational and trades education in school.

This position on education brands him a far-right activist by many, since the Left is so adamant about giving every student the “right” to a college education. Ironically, I don’t know if Rowe even considers himself on the political-Right. But, it’s like I’ve said before, if you’re not wholly with us then you’re against us.

Since the Left believes the Right, and especially the Far-Right, are immoral racists who don’t believe in science, a young lady by the name of Rebecca was emboldened to comment on Rowe’s social media complaining about his role with the scientific show How the Universe Works. She calls for his termination on the grounds of his alleged anti-science position, and offers ideas for replacements.

Of course, this didn’t please Rowe, but ever the consummate professional, he responds to her comment with a insightful criticism of his own.

Here’s the link to his response:

https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/posts/1780970495246419

 

Here’s a brief excerpt from his reply to Rebecca:

Anyway, Rebecca, my beef with your post comes down to this – if you go to my boss and ask her to fire me because you can’t stand the sound of my voice, I get it. Narrators with unpleasant voices should probably look for other work anyway, and if enough people share your view, no hard feelings – I’ll make room for Morgan. But if you’re trying to get me fired simply because you don’t like my worldview, well then, I’m going to fight back. Partly because I like my job, and partly because you’re wrong about your assumptions, but mostly because your tactics typify a toxic blend of laziness and group-think that are all too common today – a hot mess of hashtags and intolerance that deepen the chasm currently dividing our country.”

I think Rowe hits the nail on the head in the last line starting with, “but mostly your tactics typify a toxic blend of laziness and group-think that are all too common today…that deepen the chasm currently dividing our country.”

I probably disagree with Mike Rowe on a lot of stuff. In fact, I know I do. Though he has Christian sympathies, he doesn’t openly profess Christ as Lord, and I’ve definitely read a statement of his in which he mentions the desire to keep his religious beliefs private. All that to say that it’s safe to assume that we would disagree on many traditionally conservative positions.

But…Mike Rowe gets it! He understands the need for genuine public discourse and not the incredulous attitude which permeates the political landscape. And for that I applaud him.

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