Judge Judy Sheindlin is the latest celebrity to rally against cancel culture. The massively popular TV judge warns that outrage mobs and cancel culture have made America a “frightening place.”
During a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Sheindlin was asked, “As someone who’s openly defied the ‘PC police’ throughout her career, what is your take on the trend of people being shamed for past comments?”
Judge Judy acknowledged that people who have done legit wrongdoings should have to pay a penalty, but to silence people for freely speaking their authentic opinions sets a dangerous precedent.
“If you’re a bad person, if you’ve done something wrong, you’ve got to be prepared to pay the piper,” the tough-talking law and order judge said. “And there are people who have done just that. They’ve paid the price with their good name, their footprint. That’s a good thing.
“But to have a fear of speaking your opinion, for fear of being put on somebody’s list and canceled,” Judge Judy proclaimed. “It’s a frightening place for America to be.”
Judge Judy then circled back to the political correctness police part of the question, “And you’re right. I’m not a big fan of the PC police.”
“Is it PC to say to people who are 19 or 23 years old, have no job, no prospects and six children, ‘Find something else to do with that organ?’ No. But where I come from, I’ve seen the ravages of that kind of neglect.”
Judge Judy, who has a net worth of $440 million, is ending her prolific 25-season run as the star of “Judge Judy” this year. But the 78-year-old judge isn’t hanging up her gavel and robe just yet, she begins production on a new arbitration-based reality show titled, “Judy Justice,” this summer on streaming video channel IMDb TV.
“Look, I do what I do,” she said of the new endeavor. “So within the confines of me doing what I do, we’ll be changing some of the things around me. But I’m not becoming a ballet dancer.”
Other celebrities who have rebelled against cancel culture: