A polarizing politician recently had his publishing company decide not to move forward with his book amidst public backlash to behavior that both Republicans and Democrats found objectionable.
He claimed he was a victim of “Cancel Culture” despite continuing to hold on to his job and still able to appear on numerous outlets to espouse his views.
So was Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) was as he claims a victim of cancel culture for the part he played in the attemtemped insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6?
Or are those calling for the removal of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) due to the almost daily growing number of harassment allegations trying to cancel him as well?
Cancel Culture is the hot political buzzword being thrown around way too carelessly in the last year. And it is hurting the real cases where debate that is needed on important issues is being stifled.
The terms “cancel culture” has in effect replaced political correctness as the nomenclature for Republicans to use when making arguments against Democrats. There is a long list of GOP lawmakers who when questioned about their actions, counterattack to state Democrats are attempting to cancel them when facing critical questions on their positions.
The allegations point to a bigger problem in society—the inability to debate and talk through issues in public. Just for an example, we point to the battles over limits on free speech and debates over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that have long played out on American college campuses.
The claims of cancel culture in politics continues to lead to a corrosive atmosphere that too often rewards those with radical views. We find those trolling in the cancel culture community are people who have no interest in moving forward, more just looking to score political points with supporters who see a changing world they disagree with or do not see themselves a part of.
All of this came to a head when during the 2020 presidential election as social media giants Facebook and Twitter started placing labels on statements made by politicians. It would eventually lead to Donald Trump’s account being permanently suspended due to the risk of further incitement of violence.
Because of the people and companies involved, legitimate debates of freedom of speech and the roles that private companies play ultimately and unfortunately descended into partisan bickering.
And that is the larger point. The sincere willingness of experts to debate on the thornist of issues to find a common ground more often than not is replaced by parties talking past each other to get cheers from their supporters. Instead of listening to the legitimate issues raised, cancel cultural warriors are preparing their next applause line.
We find it ironic that those that claim to be cancelled continue to appear on television and get more followers on their social media outlet while making the claims that their voice is no longer being heard.
But we think that was their objective all along, playing the victim to perceived grievances that gain them a larger following.
So to the Cancel Culture crowd we say this: Because your concerns were not addressed does not mean they were not heard; it means you have failed to persuade enough people to agree with you. Leave your echo chamber and work harder to win over people with your arguments.