CubColtPacer wrote:CubinNY wrote:What the horsefeathers is cancel culture anyway?
It's a hard thing to describe because it has different categories and different levels of cancelling. Here's a best stab at it:
You have current things being cancelled because they still persist today and are still considered racist at its core. These are things like:
Objectionable team sports names
Movies like Song of the South
You can even throw the books the Dr. Suess company stopped publishing in this category
A closely related category are brands that are changing because they either play into racial stereotypes or have associations with bad things:
Then you have people who are undergoing way more scrutiny than ever before because of social media. The latest example is the ESPN personality who was fired because she had posted and deleted some reprehensible things almost a decade ago.
Then you have things that are cancelled because they are attached to a toxic person. The easiest example is many places dropping Cosby Show reruns after the sexual assault allegations heated up and then were proven against Bill Cosby. There was nothing wrong about the Cosby Show itself, but since it was attached to a toxic person it left.
Finally, you have some attempting to cancel figures who have both terrible things and great things associated with them. For example, those who want to pull down Founding Fathers statues because of them being slaveowners.
And then of course you have a different category where people talk about getting cancelled as a direct result of a decision they just made. That's where many things this year come from: Hawley's book deal, MLB moving the All-Star game, people banning Coke, etc. It gathers up a lot of the oxygen, but it's way different than all the other categories.
When looking at that list, some of those things are obvious that they had to go, and some of those have a little more nuance to them. Some of those things that have nuance could have good discussions about when they should go/when they should not. But the most extreme voices on either side dominate the discussion, powerful voices have warped the concept in 50 different ways, and therefore that nuanced discussion is never going to happen.
"Cancel culture" is a phrase tossed around by people (namely conservative whites) who are used to deciding what's right or wrong and are mad that others are deciding what's right or wrong instead of them. They're used to making the rules for everyone else to abide by; if others are making the rules instead of them, they suddenly feel targeted and that their beliefs don't matter. horsefeathers 'em.