We Need to Cancel “Cancel Culture”…

By now pretty much everyone has heard of the term “cancel culture”. From your favorite stores, restaurants, movies, books, public figures, and even famous historical figures, no one is immune! One misstep or slip dredged up from your past, one “wrong” idea, that stupid thing you did you have a pic of from literally decades ago, and boom! you’ve been cancelled by the mob! “Off, off with his/her/their head!” is the new rallying cry in the Left’s woke cultural revolution. Some prominent examples include cancelling various books by beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss, cancelling public figures because they wore an ill thought out costume decades ago as a young and dumb college student, tearing down statues and erasing history out of school curriculum, deciding that classic literature and movies aren’t woke enough for not holding contemporary woke ideas, boycotting various businesses and brands and essentially wanting to eliminate anything one can possibly think of that isn’t woke enough for the Left.

Is 'Cancel Culture' Killing Free Exchange of Ideas? | Voice of America -  English

It’s one thing to think of a well thought out boycott for an actually relevant issue or to choose not to be consumers of products that will directly go against your values, but the thing that defines this new cancel culture craze is just how insane and insignificant the reasons for these boycotts are. This is especially important for things produced before many of our contemporary ideas around “social justice” formed. Is it really fair to judge someone based off cultural values that they were never exposed to? Is it reasonable to disregard the reasons why that person was so important to our history and all the good they accomplished just because they weren’t necessarily a saint? Just because someone who lived in a different era and culture had an opinion we now find outdated, or even immoral doesn’t mean we should refuse to see what we can learn from them that still will help us today. What is so wrong with acknowledging the bad but emphasizing the good? There is a middle ground between undue glorification and demonization.

On a related note, what are we to make of those who are still with us who have in their past, made an un-woke move? Must we cancel them because they wore an insensitive costume to a party 40 years ago in college? Or had a faux pas but owned up to it and apologized sincerely? We all know now that what you post online stays forever, and that your actions can easily be carved in virtual stone by others, but think about when these decades old “offending” pictures were taken. There was no internet before surprisingly recently. A goofy pic in a yearbook from the 70’s was never expected to circulate beyond you and your classmates and come on, tell me with a straight face you never made an off color joke, or did an off color thing in the presence of your close friend group in your youth. Can you? Really? Now one could argue that just because people accepted certain things doesn’t make them any less hurtful, but think of it this way: some things that are considered socially taboo now weren’t then. So there is a good likelihood that the person who did whatever “insensitive” thing it was that makes you want to cancel them today wasn’t intending to be deliberately offensive. Until the whole frenzy over cultural appropriation came out in recent years, did you think twice about dressing up as another culture for Halloween, or an Indian at Thanksgiving as a child? Did it even cross your mind it could be offensive before the Left started making an issue out of it?

What about when the mob decides it’s a stellar idea to cancel people who contribute to the world though science and scholarship? Anyone in modern academia knows the peril they face if they have research and conclusions that don’t support the Left’s narrative. Just look at cases where transgender research with un-PC conclusions against the gender ideology narrative are supported, an evolutionary biologist was blacklisted from academic circles for asserting biological sex is not a social construct or even COVID research against the current agenda. What a shame it is when real knowledge that could help people and help us understand reality (the actual reality!) is squashed in the name of a socially engineered agenda. There’s no doubt science has been misused and politicized throughout history, but that doesn’t mean we have to continue the trend!

Cancel Culture' Comes to Science - WSJ

Another dimension of cancel culture involves businesses and products. I personally prefer businesses trying to sell us stuff be politically and ideologically neutral, but in this increasingly polarized country, some feel there are profits to be made by catering to a specific ideological group. I also feel that it is okay to choose which companies you buy from and support and choose ones that don’t do something that offends your values. However, the Left takes this to an unhealthy extreme, where even the slightest provocation to them calls for a boycott! A prime example is the Left’s smear campaign against Chick-Fil-A due to the owner being a traditional Christian and alleged anti-LGBTQ stances. I personally am not against same sex relationships or marriage, and disagree with religious reasoning behind their objections, but am not about to throw a fit that some people disagree with it on religious grounds. If you personally don’t want to eat there because you feel strongly about LGBTQ issues that’s fine, but when entire cities try to ban Chick-Fil-A from their borders I think that’s way over the top! Who are these mayors that think they should have the right to dictate which opinions and stances everyone else has too on the matter? For more mundane reasons, recently CVS was in the cancel culture firing line over guess what? A dispute with a vendor over birth control costs that got turned into a women’s rights issue. Even the Left leaning magazine Slate acknowledged that the issue was not deserving of the knee jerk reaction to cancel CVS. On the flip side, I am annoyed with just how many businesses that decided to go woke to try and bring in more sales. Does Oreo really have to lecture us on trans-pronouns and browbeat in our heads that biological sex has no relevance? Does an ice cream company like Ben and Jerry’s really have to condescendingly tell me just how un-woke I am if I don’t subscribe to the (left)most extreme version of any social issue? Does a men’s razor company need to tell men how to be a better man?

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Those are just three examples out of hundreds that send their self-righteous woke messages about how privileged you are, and that our country is infested with racism, sexism, etc… There’s a time and place to engage in these big and relevant issues, but is it the time when I buy your product in order to wind down and simply enjoy myself and escape the world’s troubles? That said, being more Left-leaning alone is not grounds for me to boycott them. I don’t cancel people simply because they happen to disagree with me. This entire mindset of the knee jerk reaction to anything that challenges our views is unhealthy and unproductive to produce positive changes in society. It only makes us more divided and polarized. I do have certain limits though: I won’t buy anything directly benefiting a Leftist cause I object to. I still buy Ben and Jerry’s and Oreos in general because I like to eat their products. However, I won’t buy anything from them with special packaging advocating wokeness or Leftist narratives (sorry Ben and Jerry’s “Pecan Resist” flavor). Also, if I can find alternatives that have more neutral or conservative messaging I’ll jump to those, such as buying from the Ivanka Trump clothing line over a left leaning fashion brand for example.

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These examples don’t cover the full extent of this problem. Cancel culture is pervading every facet of our society, bringing with it an atmosphere of hostility and walking on eggshells lest someone be “triggered”. More serious consequences beyond just ideological warfare include the loss of a person’s livelihood over one “wrong” opinion or simple mistake being twisted into character defamation, our next generation learning a distorted version of history and then going on to having a distorted view of our country and end up despising it, a collective purge of our cultural heritage when classic literature and films are cancelled in the name of wokeness to name a few. In this climate of political and ideological hysteria, no one is safe! On a final note, you can’t advocate for cancel culture then mock conservatives for deciding to boycott all those virtue signaling companies that go against our values! Cancel culture may be justified- Until they cancel you! So, how do you like being on the other end of it?

If we have to cancel something, let’s cancel Cancel Culture!

Cancel culture's guillotine

13 thoughts on “We Need to Cancel “Cancel Culture”…

  1. Hey you black people. You don’t have the sense to make good judgements on your own. That’s what Big Brother is for.

    So they ban a very popular product used in black communities.
    So now the Biden Cancel Culture administration is about to ban menthol cigarettes the cigarettes that Largely because menthol cigarettes are racist. Over 80% of black smokers choose menthol cigarettes hold a 2 to 1 preference over whites.

    So — just when we we’re finally “decriminalizing” maryjawanna and removing that black market from the hoods, we’re gonna criminalize the sale of racist menthol cigarettes That really makes NO sense. Why don’t we criminalize Malt liquor and fried chicken while we’re at it?? Isn’t That Racist? Apparently not!, I should be allowed to point out how “racist” Malt Liquor and Fried Chicken and are killing Blacks that are already obese…McDonald’s and Popeye’s Kill more Blacks than Cops.

    Both the ACLU and many other predominantly Black orgs — including many in the Black Caucus opposed this… Do we really want to see what happens when 250,000 black smokers toss the world’s biggest nicotine fit? What exactly is the Nanny State goal here? To piss off a huge portion of their remaining loyal black voters? They certainly are Pissing Off everybody else.

    I’m gonna enjoy watching the backlash when people will realize that worshiping the Nanny Staters is a path for reduction of our Civil Liberties. And without the larger set of Civil Liberties, there can be no Civil Rights..
    Why don’t they just ban all cigarettes period??

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  2. Cancelling isn’t new. It is not something unique to one particular party.

    In my house growing up war protester/leftist Jane “Hanoi Jane” Fonda was cancelled. We couldn’t see her movies or buy her exercise tapes. Many people today still have strong feelings about her. There was no internet back then so attempts at cancelling her did not have the same momentum. I’m not sure if I would have cancelled her, but I could understand my dad’s strong feelings toward her.

    The House UnAmerican Activities Committee blacklisted numerous people in the entertainment industry.

    The Dixie Chicks were cancelled by their Republican leaning fans.

    Colin Kaepernik was canceled.

    Former President Trump called on numerous people to be canceled, even if he didn’t use those words.

    Not everyone likes ethnic jokes—particularly if people just won’t stop with them. I’m also part Polish—it is one thing to hear those jokes once in a while—not to hear them all of the time. My mom is almost 80—and a lifelong Republican–Polish jokes were very popular decades ago—and she just got tired of them because it was just “open season” for some people every time they saw her.

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  3. In my opinion, the Police officers are hard-working middle-class government employees yet there wasn’t a single middle class white male much less a middle-class white male of chauvins age on the jury!!

    I assume Derek Chauvin was on the government’s hit list and they simply used this opportunity to have the people do their dirty work or much like starbuks they knew the employee was following the rules as they were written but didn’t want to take responsibility for the potential realities of police work in one of America’s most dangerous cities… the “liability prophylactic” mentality

    the simple fact is this jury didn’t even vaguely represent a jury of his peers and are largely activist in their decision making

    then again I know everything he did was completely legitimate and George Floyd would have died no matter how he held him down but I would have voted him guilty also so the angry ravenous lynch-mob wouldent murder me and my whole family

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    • You do know the defense attorney has a chance during voir dire to attempt to weed out jurors who might not be sympathetic to Derek Chauvin. Have you ever been a potential juror—you are asked numerous questions.

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  4. I have a hard time taking conservatives seriously when they complain about cancel culture. I’m old enough to remember when Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly got a rapper fired from a Pepsi campaign and the right thought it was great. They are mostly mad about who has the ability to cancel someone now. Before social media gave this power to ordinary people it was just journalists.

    The Dr. Seuss publisher stopped printing some books that weren’t selling well anyway, probably because they were inappropriate for the classroom. Every elementary school in the country is still reading the Cat in the Hat. The pearl clutching that conservatives are doing over this is very silly and it makes it hard to take them seriously. With a party full of racists, Qanon nuts and other dysfunctional weirdos, the right has bigger fish to fry than “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.”

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    • Your argument is foolish. Who of reasonable mind gives credit to Bill O’Reilly for anything lucid, and what gives you the impression he represents a conservative point of view in a nation that consists of at least 180 million conservative-minded people? Who is “they,” and what gives you justification for the word “mad” in describing them? Who are these “ordinary” people so dysfunctional that they cannot speak rationally and respectfully to one another but have no hesitation spewing electronic vile to someone they’ve never met? It would appear to me that these “ordinary” people may exist in your world, but not in mine. I would also suggest, ever respectfully, that whoever introduces racism into a conversation is, de facto, a racist. I’m sure you’ll work it out one day.

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      • Lol. Racism is not a whoever smelt it dealt it kind of thing. That wasn’t even a good try. No one is going to fall for, “Ignore my racism or I will say that you are the racist.”

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  5. I watched the Democratic leaders of Congress kneel in the halls of Congress for about 9 minutes, for the death of a black man named George Floyd.
    I have never seen them kneel for a fallen *Police Officer.
    I have never seen them kneel for a fallen *Soldier.
    I NEVER SAW THEM KNEEL FOR THE *SOLDIERS THAT HILLARY & OBAMA LEFT TO DIE IN Benghazi!!
    I have never seen them kneel for the thousands of (black and white) *babies aborted EVERY DAY.
    I have never seen them kneel for a murdered *white man or woman.
    I have not seen them kneel for the thousands of *black-on-black murder victims.
    I have not seen them kneel for the thousands of *elderly people that died in nursing homes due to the Corona Virus.(Especially N.Y.)
    I have to ask: *WHY are Democrats putting the life of George Floyd as more valuable than the lives of everyone else?
    In fact, Democrats have put so much value on the life of George Floyd, they have allowed rioting, looting, arson, 🧟 ‍ ♂ ️ murder, and mayhem in communities Nationwide…
    ASK YOURSELF – WHY NOW?”
    The family (brothers and sister) of George Floyd opened a Go Fund Me account to “help the family”? It has already raised $14,455,100.00 (Not the mention the $27 Mil. from Minneapolis)
    and still counting from donations as of June 22, 2020. Yes, almost $14 1/2 MILLION. This is for a guy who was arrested NINE times; was a convicted drug dealer (and at a drug deal the day he died); held a gun to the stomach of a pregnant lady while his five buddies robbed her home; did prison time three different times totaling about eight years, and obviously didn’t learn from our penal system. And America is memorializing him by painting murals of the guy on the sides of buildings like he’s a hero? Unbelievable!!
    You got to be kidding me. Crime does pay! …..and to pour salt in the wound, Rep. Pelosi(democrat) presented his brother a folded American flag flown over the Capitol in his honor in a beautiful tri-cornered presentation case
    Are you throwing up yet? ………..🤔🤔

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  6. Since The Democrats Want To Talk About Reparations
    Europe and Asia owes us $4.2 Trillion plus whatever dollar value you want to put on the 1.1 Million Dead and Wounded Americans for WW2.
    Lets Talk About That!

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  7. Words are important. So important, in fact, that if we intend to preserve the American Republic, we’ve got to stop using the nondescript words and phrases imposed upon us by those whose entire mission is to destroy our country. These destroyers are not progressives or liberals — they are communists. Their plan is no different from that of the old Soviet Union, which is worldwide domination.

    The “isms” didn’t work out for the communists the first time around because no one would take their advice and “rise up” or “overthrow.” This was particularly true in America, where there were no “class struggles” beyond those created by communists as a strategy to divide us and conquer us. So, they re-tooled. All that you see in our society today is a new concerted effort to achieve what the communist states could not accomplish over 72 years, not even after murdering tens of millions of innocents.

    Our worry should be that these modern-day communists have been so successful in the land of the free. We must measure their success by observing our city, state, and national governments. Who is Biden, and what does he propose? Who runs Portland, Minneapolis, Detroit, Baltimore, and what are their ideas? The “race card” has become their primary tool to energize their growing base — that and the brainwashing inside our taxpayer-funded schools.

    We must repudiate this nonsense of a “progressive” party. They are not progressive; let’s stop calling them that. Nor are these people “liberal.” Neo-Marxists have hijacked these two terms to mask who they really are. Let us stop cooperating with these new-age communists to hide what they truly believe. Let’s begin calling them what they are: communists. They believe the same things Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot believed. Our fathers and grandfathers stood up to communists to preserve our Republic; should we be less vigilant in safeguarding America — if not for ourselves, then for our children and grandchildren?

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  8. I entirely agree with you. Foremost of the many reasons to criticize “cancel culture” is that the grounds for cancellation change constantly. People who were considered politically correct yesterday are today’s racists and Fascists.
    Who could have predicted two years ago that the Muppets and Dr. Seuss would be condemned for racism. Of course, there is no guiding principle. The SJWs are just making it up as they go along because of the feeling of power they get from cancelling each new victim.

    That illustrates a major difference between the left and the right. For the most part, conservatives want to live their lives in peace. They get involved in politics when the left tries to foist some new utopian absurdity on the country. Politics is a distraction and an annoyance for those with better things to do and they resent having to take time out to deal with leftist nonsense.

    The left, on the other hand, defines itself through politics and the “great struggle” against the evil de jour and they find the feeling of power they get when they cancel someone intoxicating. That’s why they keep coming up with new things to cancel and constantly must identify new sources of supposed Fascism, racism and whatever new pseudo evil they contrive such as “transphobia” etc. Any supposed benefit to society from their efforts is entirely irrelevant to their narcissist power grab.

    The ever changing “enemies list ” is nothing new. When the French Revolutionary Danton went to the guillotine, he accurately predicted that his accuser, Robespierre would soon follow. “Jacobin or Girondist, Madame Guillotine has the same thirst.”
    The Russian revolution experienced the same thing. Hardcore communists who endured danger and hardship during the revolution were surprised when Stalin condemned them as counterrevolutionaries. They faced the same firing squads as did those whom they fought to overthrow. The common thread is the struggle for power.

    The only difference is today’s SJWs are so childish as to guillotine Mr. Potato Head. When the struggle is against children’s TV shows, books and toys, it’s pretty clear that the SJWs are overgrown kindergartners. I continue to be surprised that society puts up with the tantrums of those mammothrepts.

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  9. I am reminded of a phrase from Viva Frei (I recommend looking him up on Rumble or YouTube): confession through projection. I think that has a LOT to do with “cancel culture.”

    Think about it. If someone’s world view means they see racism, sexism or whatever the trendy offense is at the time, it means their own views are based on race, sex, etc., in a negative way.

    In my youth, we used to make lots of jokes about various ethnic groups, gender, homosexuality, different age groups, etc. I’m of Polish ethnicity, and I was telling Polack jokes right along with everyone else. In fact, most of the ethnic/race based jokes that would now be considered racist were being made by people *in* that ethnic/race based group. Some of the funniest Indian jokes I’ve heard were told by Indians (and most of them do call themselves “Indians”, not “First Nations” or “Indigenous”). Self deprecating humour is a sign of healthy self confidence. Also, people told the jokes because they were funny, and no one got offended, because they knew they were just that. Jokes. Jokes that were often funnier because they played off or exaggerated a kernel of truth. If, however, something crossed over the line from being just a joke, to actually being racist, that got called out and shut down fast.

    The “woke” can’t see the joke because, for them, if they make a derogatory comment against, say, straight white males, it’s because they actually hate straight white males. They can’t fathom someone saying a “derogatory” comment about an identifiable group and not mean it as hateful. So they are confessing their own prejudices by projecting them onto everyone around them.

    So if the “woke” is trying to cancel others for racism, sexism, hate, etc., all they’re really doing is confession through projection.

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