Cancel culture is, as it is largely used, nothing but a horrible tool for censorship of those whom are in the social minority (or are made to look like in the social minority) and it ought to be reined in as much as possible, as it stands to take away a lot of people’s freedoms.
That being said, cancel culture cannot be said to be a new thing. The term might be new, but the practice of “cancelling” someone, that is, mob rule playing judge, jury and executioner to one extent or another for someone, is as old as human conflict.
The French could be said to have “cancelled” their royal family and the entire monarchy during the French Revolution. Joseph Stalin could be said to have “cancelled” Leon Trotsky and just about anyone whom he desired (he even had a man arrested for being the first to have stopped clapping following his delivering of a speech in 1937), with the number of political prisoners being estimated to have been at least 1 million (historian Roy Aleksandrovich Medvedev estimated that Stalin had 1 million political prisoners executed during the Great Terror of 1937-38 alone).
Queen Mary I is known as “Bloody Mary” for having 300 protestant Christians burned at the stake. Even 2,000 years ago, one could say that the Romans and Pharisees “cancelled” Jesus Christ, and Saul of Tarsus, before he became the Apostle Paul, essentially tried his best to “cancel” followers of Christ.
These are all extreme examples of “cancellations”, of course, and today’s cancel culture is more akin to censorship than outright political or religious execution, but it is still, nonetheless, political and, often, religious persecution.
To play up the idea that racism is still a big problem in America, Leftists “find” some amount of racism in just about everything from Dr. Seuss books to most recently “Captain Underpants”, as well as other things. People like Piers Morgan, who simply expressed his opinion that he didn’t believe Meghan Markle’s unproven accusations of racism from the Royal Family (I say that to defend truth, not the Royal Family, as they are just a bunch of Leftists as well), was cancelled from his program on ITV. JK Rowling, the Leftist author of the hugely famous “Harry Potter” series was also cancelled for not forsaking girls and women to the transgender agenda which de-womanizes them and destroys their athletic opportunities.
The Left pretends that racism and bigotry in general are as big a problem today as it was decades ago, namely during the Civil Rights Movement, because they want to divorce themselves as much as they can from their history of racism. Well, that’s at least one of the reasons. They also want to play God in general, and being able to cancel people like this and put fear into people’s hearts to not screw anything up is their own way of playing God.
It isn’t a surprise, then, that a recent Harvard/Harris poll found that 64% of Americans believe that cancel culture is a threat to their freedom.
64% said that “there is ‘a growing cancel culture’ that is a threat to their freedom, while 36 percent said they did not view it as a threat to their freedom,” said the poll.
It’s interesting that 36% did not view it as a threat to their freedom, though this is perhaps because such people are those whom are most likely to attempt to cancel someone and generally view cancel culture as a tool for “social justice” as opposed to censorship. Or at least, they view censorship as a positive tool for “social justice.”
What such people fail to realize is that, Christian or secular mentality, the following bible verses are universally true: Matthew 7:1-2: “Do not judge, or you will be judged. For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
And while these verses are mainly directed at Christians so that they do not judge their brothers for the sins they commit (people have a misconception that this means Christians are not to judge evildoers, but this is about the hypocrisy of a Christian judging his or her brother for something that they do themselves), we all know that this general line of thinking also tends to apply for secular issues.
What I’m trying to say here is that it is rather amusing that 36% do not view cancel culture as a threat to their freedom, likely because they themselves use it, probably believing they could never end up on the receiving end of cancel culture.
If you were to judge someone harshly and thus demand they be cancelled (particularly for the dumbest of reasons), you allow yourself to be subjected to the same judgment measures. These people are quick to cancel Piers Morgan, JK Rowling, Dr. Seuss, etc., etc. yet fail to understand that they could be subjected to the same harsh judgments that they deliver to others.
At any rate, the poll also found that 36% of respondents said cancel culture was a “big problem”, 32% said it was a “moderate problem” and 20% said it was a “small problem”, while 13% said it was “not a problem.”
Again, it’s likely that those who do not view cancel culture, at least as it is currently used, in a negative way do so because they use it themselves and are misguided in their thinking that they couldn’t possibly be subjected to it.
Such people will face the toughest of realities when they inevitably are subjected to such cancellation. You see, as they judge people from the past according to standards of the present (namely, progressive Leftist standards), they fail to realize that future generations will judge them similarly, if that is what they teach their children to do (and they will).
A tranny joke made five or ten years ago could net someone some sort of social punishment today and that person would be forced to apologize for it.
An interesting example of something akin to that is the way in which the TV show “Friends” is treated by today’s youth. Even though it was extremely progressive for its time (though it wasn’t the first show to do so, they were among the first to depict a lesbian wedding and have a transsexual character be the parent of one of the main characters), today, it is considered to be “homophobic” and “transphobic” because they dared to crack jokes about gay and transgender (transsexual) people back in the mid-1990s.
Even though, again, they LITERALLY featured a lesbian wedding scene and often depicted a lesbian couple being parental figures for Ross’s son, Ben, they are called “homophobic” for making jokes about gay people.
But this is the kind of harsh judgment that this line of thinking produces. I can’t say that the show “Friends” or its cast were seeking to cancel people or be a part of cancel culture necessarily, but cancel culture takes even older liberal and Leftist thinking, which was progressive for its time, and harshly criticizes it according to the standard of today and not its own day.
I wouldn’t be surprised if, years from now, they come to outright hate that show and demand it no longer be streamed on any service or run on any tv network. This is the threat that cancel culture, as it is currently used, poses to many people: it takes away their freedoms because these people don’t believe people ought to have such freedoms.
And thus, people are naturally going to perceive cancel culture to be a threat to their freedoms; because that’s precisely what it is.
Now, you might have noted that I said “as it is currently used” earlier. The reason I say this is because I don’t completely dislike cancel culture on principle.
A couple of articles ago, I talked about Lil Nas X and his Satanic shoes and music video. I think he should be cancelled for that not only because I want to judge them by the same measures they judge others. I genuinely think that such promotion of Satan should not be allowed at any capacity.
Some will compare that music video with something like an episode of South Park where Satan is in a gay relationship with Saddam Hussein, but the comparison doesn’t work because South Park is mainly about comedy and that episode was clearly for comedic purposes. The idea of Satan being in a gay relationship with Saddam Hussein of all people is a funny one, in my opinion, and I have no problem with that seeing as it doesn’t outright promote Satan or Satanism. Matter of fact, it MAKES FUN of Satan, which is what Christians did a long time ago to depict him as a red-skinned, goat-legged freak (he literally is supposed to look like a beautiful angel, but he’s evil, so Christians centuries ago wanted to make fun of him to fight against his temptations). Lil Nas X’s video was a PROMOTION of Satan in an unironic and uncomedic manner.
As a result of such actions, I believe Lil Nas X ought to be cancelled. This would be a GOOD use of cancel culture. So cancel culture is, on principle, not a necessarily bad thing. The problem is that it can be used in a bad and censorious way, and that’s how it is being used currently, for the most part.
Dr. Seuss was literally a beloved children’s book author. What sin did he commit in print that would get him cancelled? The Left says “racism” but they find anything they remotely dislike to be a proponent of “racism.” Piers Morgan literally just stated his opinion that he didn’t believe Markle’s unproven claims that the Royal Family was racist towards her. What sin did he commit to get him cancelled? Not believing a black woman when she victimizes herself and claims, again, without proof, that the Royal Family was racist towards her.
JK Rowling created one of the most popular fictional novel series of all time and has long been an ardent Leftist in just about every cause. What sin did she commit to get her cancelled? Not going along with the false claim that transgender “women” (men who believe are women) are actually women, because such a thing is unscientific and ludicrous.
These are all examples of cancel culture being used to simply censor dissenters, which is nothing short of the kind of communism one would find in the Soviet Union or in China. Which is why so many people find cancel culture to be a huge threat to their freedoms: because that’s precisely what it is. Again, at least as it’s currently used.
I hope far more people come to the same belief and do something to stop such blatant abuse of censorious power by a woke mob which foolishly believes is invulnerable to their own tactics.
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