Exhibiting the left’s usual lack of empathy and gratitude, actress Jacqueline Guzman ranted about the road closures necessary for the events honoring fallen Officer Jason Rivera, the NYC policeman. He lost his life in an ambush last week. There was an immediate backlash online.
After learning of her stance, and the intense backlash, Face to Face Films that she was no longer a member of the company posted on their Facebook page. Ms. Guzman immediately took down all her social media accounts, but the internet being the internet, the video and screenshots have been preserved by various online sites.
I reject Ms. Guzman’s stance and her extreme disrespect for an officer that gave his life in the line of duty. Officer Rivera, without a doubt, would have placed his life on the line to protect Ms. Guzman as part of his profession. There is, however, a more significant issue at work here.
It should be an open debate if people should lose their jobs because of unpopular opinions. Face to Face films is a private company and can do whatever it wants to protect its brand. Just like getting drunk at the office Christmas party and putting a lampshade on your head, there are consequences to bone-headed public actions. That said, hate and vitriol should not be spewed at this woman forever.
One of the mechanisms for people to change is to experience the negative results of their actions. Like the rest of us, Ms. Guzman deserves some grace at some future date. At this point, I am unaware if she has made a public statement or apology. That would go a long way toward kicking off her return from social media exile.
Undoubtedly, actions have consequences, and Officer Rivera’s sacrifice should be honored indefinitely. Although I feel little sympathy for Ms. Guzman, the larger issue of cancel culture has ramifications for the rest of us. It will be more difficult to heal the deep divisions plaguing the country without rising above the fray when mistakes are made. Otherwise, we may be doomed to an endless cycle of outrage.