Cancel culture is the banning of individuals from employment and social status based upon their race, ethnicity, ideology, or simple opinions. It originated in Nazi Germany in the 1930s to remove Jews from all aspects of public life. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova defines it as "violence against objective reality." It is a radical-left extremist idea.
The term describes a phenomenon related to political correctness wherein one is "cancelled" (i.e., censored, boycotted, cyber-bullied, etc.) for being of the wrong race or saying or doing something allegedly immoral/amoral, bigoted, insensitive or purposefully offensive, or simply politically incorrect.
Certain aspects of cancel "cult"ure may lead one to argue that it is, in fact, a cult. Numerous mainstream liberals signed an open letter deploring cancel culture as inherently opposed to freedom of opinion, open discussion, and reasonable discourse.
Voltaire, Denis Diderot, and D'Alembert were known to have engaged in similar practices for what would later be called cancel culture, including silencing the Jesuit order and eventually forcing them into exile.
United States President Donald John Trump unequivocally condemned the "cancel culture" of the 2020 Leftwing insurrection in a speech delivered at Mount Rushmore on Independence Day. On the other hand, some conservatives have defended cancel culture in principle but not as applied by leftists, such as The Daily Wire host Michael Knowles. Knowles argues that society needs standards, and has praised McCarthyism. The Liberty Hangout Twitter account has tweeted, "Cancel culture would be pretty cool if it were right-wingers doing the canceling."
Critical race theory
- See also: Critical race theory
Critical race theory (CRT) is a Postmodernist construct based on Critical theory that teaches that race is not genetic. Instead, race is a social construct and a basis for political struggles in the fight for social justice. Descendants of "colonial" cultures are discriminated against and indigenous peoples are celebrated.
Stella Morabito describes CRT as, ". . . the insidious ideology being used to promote estrangement rather than friendship, and hostility rather than goodwill. Indeed, the tactics used by proponents of critical race theory share many parallels with old tactics used by the Bolsheviks."
YouTuber PewDiePie reviewed a video from the company Jubilee containing a debate over cancel culture, which included conservative music artist Joy Villa as an opponent to cancel culture. Though PewDiePie facetiously called the discussion, "the least productive thing I've ever seen," he was able to thoroughly discuss and analyze the various nuances in the topic of cancel culture. PewDiePie, who has had experiences with being "cancelled" himself, appreciated that bad people must face the consequences of their actions, especially in the court of public opinion, but ultimately condemned the overzealousness of cancel culture in harassing people and/or destroying their livelihoods without regard to due process (the idea that a person is innocent until proven guilty, which is non-existent within cancel culture). PewDiePie argued that cancel culture often goes "too far." He specifically named instances of several YouTubers being cancelled unfairly. He concluded that, though there are rational and legitimate reasons to support cancel culture, he personally opposes it and believes that it does more harm than good to society and culture.
Cancellation by movement conservatives
Unfair examples of cancel culture within conservative circles include the cases of Todd Akin and Steve King. A more justified example is a loose cluster of movement conservatives, right-wing populists, and civic nationalists, who had previously grouped together under the term "alt-right," until morality forced them to condemn the numerous white nationalists and other extremists who were carrying the "alt-right" label. As they became increasingly outspoken against the white supremacists, they were arbitrarily nicknamed by the latter, "alt-lite." They subsequently adopted the term "new right." The new right repeatedly condemned racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and all other forms of bigotry in no uncertain terms. (See Alt-right#Distinction from National Socialism (Nazism))
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Ironically, Rowling has been a cancel-culture target herself, due to her opposition to the transgender agenda.
- See also: Rectification
According to Rebel News, modern cancel culture was directly inspired largely by Communist China's Cultural Revolution. Maoists instituted a national cancel-culture campaign that burned books, demolished statues, erased history, destroyed culture and cultural norms in a re-education campaign that replaced traditional Chinese culture with Maoist slogans and loyalty to the state.
Rectification is aimed at purging society of dissenters of leftwing, communist, and atheist totalitarian rule, and purifying society for a future socialist order. To rectify, is to "make right" imaginary crimes of capitalists and beneficiaries of so-called "white privilege". Self-criticism and confession is forced either through torture or public shaming.
Linda Goudsmit says in contemporary America, the radical leftist Democrats are following the Maoist cancel-culture model. They are targeting the three supporting pillars of American society; the American family, Judeo-Christian faith, and the U.S. Constitution symbolized by the American flag. Cancel-culture is asymmetric warfare used by the advancing enemy to prepare the population for a replacement ideology.
Vladimir Putin on cancel culture
Speaking at the 2022 Valdai Club Conference, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin said of cancel culture:
- "The rulers of the West, believing themselves infallible, desire to destroy or cancel those they dislike. While Nazis burn books, the Western guardians of liberalism and progress now ban Dostoyevsky and Tchaikovsky. Liberal democracy has transformed into something unrecognizable, declaring any alternative viewpoint as propaganda, or a threat. The so-called 'cancel culture' destroys anything that is alive and creative, preventing any freedom of thought in culture, economics, or politics alike.
- History of course will put everything in its place. The self-conceit of those who seek to cancel is off the charts. But no one will even remember their names in a few years, while Dostoyevsky and Tchaikovsky and Pushkin will endure."
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- Claira Janover, Cancel Culture, & What We ALL Need to Learn - Viva Frei Vlawg
- CANCEL CULTURE IS A CAPITALIST CON FOR SJWS! - Daisy Cousens
- Cancel "Cancel Culture" - PragerU on YouTube.
- Who Will Be Next in the Cancel Culture Movement? | Larry Elder
- Rowan Atkinson says cancel culture like a medieval mob ‘looking for someone to burn’ - The Australian