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OPINION: The Abuse of Cancel Culture

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.  

4 comments

  1. No one has commented on this article.
    I find that terribly apathetic.
    Maybe that’s why we’re having this issue?

  2. STOP!! Stop it, with all this here Clique Cultural Cliché’s, which them Majorities mean nothing more than just 0xymoran’s.!! Where do these here Preppy’s get their inspiration’s & these new jargon’s from, sating on terlet seat’s, their second 0ffice-Space.. Wrong is Wrong in any language & thare many Wrong’s that aren’t Ritten in them Law Library Manuel’s, cause it involves Virtues & Ethic’s, which don’t apply to Justice & Law’s.. Hence, we are treated with term’s just sounding good like 24/7 & Less is More, but they mean Nothing when it ain’t so.. The people know now that Election’s are Controlled & Governed by the Rich & Influential, whom pick Candidates for’n the American people’ regardless of votes.. They’ve bin uncovered now & it’ll be Much Harder & More Costly come next Elections for’n them..//

  3. I agree that “cancel culture” can be detrimental to the expression of ideas. Witness speakers at college campuses being cancelled because some students object to what they have to say. However, there is also the problem of knowingly lying. Josh Hawley knew, from a variety of trustworthy sources that the presidential elections were held fairly and that there was hardly any fraud – yet he decided to question the election and was going to actively try to block the count of the electoral vote.
    There has to be some way to censure someone who would attempt to subvert that process and encourage people to come to the Capitol feeling that they had to take matters into their own hands. I, for one, was glad his book was cancelled.
    Sidney Powell, the lawyer who accused Dominion of altering the election via their voting hardware and software, has been sued by them. Her defense: ‘How could anyone believe such a preposterous claim’? Well, many people did believe her lies. Should she have been free to broadcast such lies. Had Dominion not had the resources to sue her and force the truth out of her, should she be able to use her right of free speech to make claims that were outright falsehoods.
    Regarding cancel culture – I am of two minds.

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