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PostSubject: Conservatives get canceled, liberals quit laughing: How Trumpís election killed comedy   Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:29 pm

National Public Radio host Jesse Thorn announced this year that his now 6-year-old child, who was born a biological male, is transgender and will be raised as a girl named Grace.
Some on the left praised Mr. Thorn for his openness and tolerance. Conservative comedian Owen Benjamin had different words for it: child abuse.
Mr. Benjamin said as much while performing at a college campus. In one of his routines, he quipped that he would have been labeled a girl as a child because he liked to weave and hated sports. Once puberty hit, he was clearly male because he wanted to have sex with women.



Within days, the University of Connecticut canceled Mr. Benjaminís scheduled appearance, costing him a $7,500 paycheck. His manager and agent both dropped him. Comedy clubs canceled his appearances, and the comedian, who had been performing at nearly 20 colleges a year, suddenly had nothing on his schedule.
ďI just got massacred,Ē Mr. Benjamin said of the backlash. ďI had people telling me that I was bullying a transgender child. I was actually bullying an adult that was committing child abuse. If anything, I am the only one standing up for the child.Ē
Conservatives who work in comedy say his experience is not unusual. In an industry that has historically tilted left, they have been ridiculed for their views.
But since the election of Donald Trump, they have become pariahs.
ďComedy is dead, except for calling Donald Trump a Nazi,Ē said Rodney Lee Conover, a right-leaning comedian who got his start writing jokes for Rush Limbaugh.

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