Are you familiar with the term “Cancel Culture?” It’s a term coined by progressive bloggers to describe the progressive Left’s and Democrats’ newfound love of political debate. What is the “cancel culture” exactly? It’s the result of a new trend in public debate, one that pits ordinary citizens against corporate and media donors and their political enablers in the form of the media and academia. Here’s how the “cancel culture” works.
Online Shutdown. When public figures or ordinary citizens speak out against the views of a corporate or media interest, the normal protocols of society assert their dominance over the message. The usual rules of engagement are ignored, the usual facts dismissed in the name of “fact-checking,” and the public debate turned into a shouting match. Censor the message. And when it becomes clear to the public that the public figures or their enablers really do not have the public’s interests at heart, the debate is effectively canceled.
Political Censorship. Just as online Shutdown was the ceding of the public square to the loudmouths of corporate power and the far-reaching reaches of academic thought, the cancel culture also delegates the public’s right to meaningful social debate. The ruling elite is determined not to lose its grip of power, and thus any voice of dissent is canceled.
Online Vox Media Bully. Many of the top social media outlets have employed the services of left-wingers to smear their opponents. The resulting backlash from the so-called “fake news” phenomenon has resulted in a serious chill in the free speech movement. As a result of this effect, the mainstream left-leaning media now purports to be the defender of the demos, and vox media outlets have little left to disseminate but left-wing propaganda.
Free-Speech Violation. Some social media outlets have made it their business to threaten the lives of people who express any form of Dissent. For example, someone recently canceled someone else’s Twitter account because she disagreed with an activist on social media.
Black Culture Call-Out. This type of social-media abuse comes about when a black public figure calls out another black public figure for saying something that contradicts their own socially-left view of the world. In this instance, the target is a rapper. The singer, who canceled the rapper she was hosting, spoke on a national talk show to say that the rapper was being racist.
Black Celebrities & Transphobic Reaction. A group of teenagers on Facebook called for the cancellation of a planned Speak Now concert by a well-known transphobic singer. The reason they cited was the fact that the singer had said she did not feel safe due to the threats she received from transphobic folks on the Internet. While it is true that the threats were online, the fact that the singer herself canceled the event does not negate the validity of her canceling the event.
Canceling Someone’s Job. A popular trend in the Media and Social Media is for someone to publicly cancel someone’s job or reputation based solely on the person’s political views, regardless of the viewpoints themselves. This politically correct censorship, while it might be welcomed by certain individuals who wish to protect their free-speech rights, has hurt the culture because it is now commonly perceived that any person who cancels someone’s job over opinions they disagree with is a hateful” abuser.” These people are routinely called “cultural terrorists” by the PC crowd.
Canceling a Television Show. A popular trend in the Media and Social Media at the moment is for a performer or personality to “cancel” a television show after members of the public have highly criticized it. The cancellation of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” after the recent ousting of left-leaning host Jon Stewart was a prime example of the cancel culture. The New York Times reported that Comedy Central management had told the host, Jon Stewart, that he could no longer come back due to the controversy over his hosting a documentary about a newly found rare animal disease that was killed due to the actions of an animal conservationist.
Threats to Specific Organizations. There have also been threats to individual organizations based on their political views, such as the threat made against the Catholic Church following President Bush’s endorsement by the Pope. While the Pope strongly condemned the Bush administration for its stance on capital punishment, he also made it clear that he would stand beside his conservative colleagues in the fight to defend the unborn, or small children, of rape and other sexual assaults. While the Pope and the conservative movement may not have started the media fire aimed at the Catholic Church, they certainly gave it a boost, which resulted in an unprecedented number of donations, more than ever before, to the Catholic Church.
The days of the old “canceled” or “unedited” advertisement are now gone. The days of the public being able to listen to or view a canceled advertisement are long gone. The days of the cancel culture are all but over. It was only a matter of time. We have entered into the new age of the canceled advertisement, where anyone can be canceled just because they said something that the Media establishment doesn’t like.
The Great Ongoing Culture War
cancel culture? That’s what some Americans are wondering as they read about Gina Carano’s new book, Bitch, Please! How Corporations Are Taking Over Our Schools and Hiring Anti-Woke Meme Queens to Run them. There’s a huge problem with this trend: Corporations are not people.
Online shaming is an extreme form of online public shaming where targets are publicly humiliated online, through social media channels, or even localized news. For years, we have seen that culture boil down to target individual groups or denigrating entire institutions, such as schools, universities, and religious groups. The attack on Disney-owned ABC shows just how much it’s willing to go along with the culture of bullying and harassment. Is it wrong to cancel that show, canceled the Disney Channel showed and called out the California school districts for their lack of action against this escalating trend of cultural bullying?
We see cancellations all the time, show cancellations, talk shows cancellations. Some of it’s justified, some of it’s not. When did we stop listening to the bullies and abusers? We certainly don’t do it anymore. It seems like there is less tolerance for those who speak out against bullying or those who seek to empower others who are bullied by speaking out.
In the case of ABC, there are a lot of complaints coming from disgruntled employees over the perceived slighting of their production staff. This came in the form of a viral video wherein a Production Assistant verbally harassed a Transphobic Woman. One worker said, “You can’t tell me something I don’t know,” and another worker added, “You can’t tell me anything!” Transphobic Woman responded, “I wouldn’t hurt anyone, and you shouldn’t be telling me anything.” The two women were reportedly reprimanded for their remarks by their supervisor.
In the recent kerfuffle over cancelled Disney channels The Boondocks and American Idol, it was pointed out how call-out culture and Tweeting fueled entertainment-oriented vigilantism. This has been an ongoing problem within our pop culture. People use social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook to share clips of a person, song, etc., being offensive to certain social networking community members. On-air personalities often face a wave of criticism by fans and other commentators for whatever they may have said on-air. Recently, comedian Dave Chappelle was blasted by critics after he made jokes about the Orlando shootings. While he later explained that he was trying to make people laugh, the damage had been done.
Some of the criticisms of Chappelle’s comments were so over the top that it became an online controversy. One blogger stated that Chappelle “needs to realize that he is getting cucked” by canceling someone’s show because they expressed an opinion that ran counter to the left’s social justice agenda. Others called for advertisers to pull their ads from Chappelle’s show. Some criticized Chappelle for not understanding the difference between free speech and violence. This came after Chappelle canceled an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman due to the host’s comments regarding the cancellation of his show by The O’Reilly Factor.
Even though Chappelle finally explained why he canceled the appearance, some people were still incensed by the whole incident. When New York magazine asked him if he thought his act of Canceling artist Jay-Z’s New Year’s Eve concert a sign of a bigger cultural war against hip hop listeners, Chappelle responded, “No, I’m not saying that’s what I did. I don’t think that war is coming. I think that the next step is for people to listen more and stop thinking that they are the only ones that are going to have power, and then start caring about the rest of us.”
Chappelle also explained how canceling a music show over social media got him into trouble and how he is willing to adapt his act to changing times to survive in today’s politically correct climate. “I think that now the Internet it’s too easy to get into trouble. People should be careful what they say on the Internet because everything that you say online can and will be scrutinized in this country like anything else you say.”
Call Out Culture; Cancel Political Correctness
Cancellation of the cancel culture is a topic that is a hot topic amongst campus liberal professors, as well as many news sources. It has come to the fore in the wake of the ACU Graduate Students’ Association (AGSA) decision to no longer tolerate Traditionalist Right organizations on campus. The cancel conservatism movement is a backlash against the New York Times’ endorsement of Students for Trump at its campus. The New York Times and other MSM outlets have become mere mouthpieces for far-left political propaganda.
Many college students are now questioning if Universities are using their power of academic freedom to coddle the far left, and also cancel out traditional conservative viewpoints. In light of this cancel culture, it’s no wonder that University administrators, who are supposed to uphold academic freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment, have allowed this trend to occur. Universities now have a double standard for those who wish to uphold the old order and those who wish to challenge it. In reality, the cancel culture on American campuses runs deeper. It’s an attack on free speech on the basis that the views expressed are not politically correct.
In light of this New York Times’ endorsement of Students for Trump, it comes as no surprise that campus administrators are using their power of academic freedom to appease political correctness. Universities now have a double standard for those who wish to uphold the old order and those who wish to challenge it. In reality, the cancel culture on American campuses runs deeper. It’s an attack on free speech on the basis that the views expressed are not politically correct. Understandably, University administrators would want to appease a major media outlet trying to undermine their efforts to build a conservative platform on college campuses.
It’s unfortunate that the organizers of the New York event felt that it was necessary to publicly call for students to cancel their participation in the presidential campaign. Their reasoning seems sound: Anyone who opposes President-Elect Trump is a racist, sexist, Islamaphobic, bigoted white person engaged in the worst form of “white trash” imaginable. It is difficult to argue with that logic. It’s also unfortunate that the Students for Trump group is being maligned by the media that purports to care about the country’s future yet refuses to take a hard stance against the Obama Administration’s executive overreach. Those who doubt the wisdom of such a stance underestimate the influence the media has on the public’s mindset. Coddling a loudmouth whose only ambition is to destroy the New York City Schools and disrupt normal society does not bode well for a nation in crisis.
But there is something to be said for promoting a viewpoint in the face of a perceived attack from a powerful lobby. While it’s true that the battle lines will always be drawn when left-leaning groups express opposition to the most right-wing policies favored by an incumbent administration, there is little doubt that canceling all political parties’ ties to the current administration and moving to create a new wave of liberal government might help move things in the right direction. There are already some measures in place that attempt to cancel culture, yet those are predicated on an overly broad definition of “canceling.” They would have no practical effect because they do not apply to all forms of political dissent. Therefore, those who object to canceling political ties need to come up with a better idea.
Those who support canceling political affiliation and tweets are relying on a mistaken understanding of the First Amendment, as well as an unwillingness to acknowledge that the backlash against free speech is a problem in itself. Those who object to the cancellation of political affiliation and tweets argue that there is no problem with certain speech unless it becomes a targeted attack against specific individuals or companies. This is simply untrue. Just because someone says, something doesn’t mean it will be misinterpreted in a politically motivated context.
The push to cancel culture and political affiliation ties stems from the belief that this form of social interaction has become so entrenched that it makes it difficult for individuals to engage in meaningful conversation. Many citizens believe that certain types of social interactions are inherently problematic. For instance, if one person believes that white Americans are inherently racist because of how they talk about race, that person might consider criticizing an entire race as problematic. However, criticizing an entire race as a whole does not make any logical sense, as it is blatantly incorrect to depict all whites in such a manner.
This type of selective social perception is not limited to African Americans or Muslims. It also applies to many other ethnicities and religious groups. All Americans should realize that a free society is not possible without robust free speech protections. Therefore, people concerned about political correctness and wish to call out problematic public figures can do so by choosing another target. That is if they truly believe that it is wrong.