This cancel culture crap (and that’s exactly what it is) is making me sick. It’s destroying democracy under our noses.
If I don’t like Dr. Seuss or Curious George I don’t have to read them and if enough people agree with me those books will fade away.
If I don’t want to play with Mr. Potato Head, I can buy my own generic potato and make it into a They. And if enough people agree with me, Hasbro will get the message.
If I don’t agree with Megan Markle, I can watch something else and the advertisers will know very quickly that gawking at a poshly privileged, wealthy whining woman isn’t a decent way to spend time when we (and she) can help so many in poverty and in real need of real help on both sides of the pond.
If you hate Dr. Seuss, Curious George, and Mr. Potato Head and love Megan, I have no right to interfere with your views. But the opposite also holds true.
I don’t have the bullish right to tell others what to think for me to be happy and the cancel culture cops don’t have the right to tell me what to read, watch, believe, hire, fire or have children play with to make them happy or “feel safe”. It’s not my job to make anyone feel safe (except myself) and if I (or any other adult) don’t feel safe then it’s up to us to turn off or away from what feels unsafe.
If conservatives were to demand that progressives must adhere to conservative beliefs or be canceled (shamed, shunned and fired), conservatives would be shut down faster than you could say mashed potato. So why should the opposite position acceptable? Allowing that, by our silent assent ushers in tyranny at worst, and an at best, promotes the kind of bullying, we’re all supposed to vehemently oppose.
Edmund Burke was the first to say that when good [people] do nothing, evil flourishes. Bullying for any reason, in any disguise, is evil. When good people do nothing to stop bullying, more will flourish until fear of the bullies leads to tyranny and tyranny takes the place of democracy.
The only cancellation the cancel culture cops need to stop in our culture is their own bullying. And if they refuse, it’s up to the rest of us to stop them by making our voices heard.