Cancel culture is a term used to describe a phenomenon related to political correctness wherein one is "cancelled" (i.e., censored, boycotted, cyber-bullied, etc.) for saying or doing something immoral/amoral, bigoted, insensitive or purposefully offensive, or simply politically incorrect. Arguably, some of the "victims" of cancel culture have deserved these consequences, but the vast majority are good people who received a disproportionate response.
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.
Unfair examples of cancel culture within conservative circles include the cases of Todd Akin and Steve King. More justified examples include 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 arbritrarily 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. The racial bigots and ethnocentrists were annoyed by the way they were treated by legitimate conservatives, but they unquestionably deserved this treatment. (See Alt-right#Distinction from National Socialism (Nazism)) An additional example of justified cancel culture within conservative circles would be legitimate conservatives' condemnation of the white nationalist "groypers." Like the alt-right white nationalists of 2017, the groypers of 2019-2020 were racists, anti-Semites, and xenophobes. There was an additional element of bigotry against homosexuals and transexuals, in the manner of the Westboro Baptist Church. Some of the white nationalist groypers' defenders were even fired from their jobs by legitimate conservatives who did not want to be associated with the groypers. Unfortunately, some legitimate conservatives sided with the groypers, oblivious to the fact that the groypers whined about censorship while demanding that legitimate conservatives such as Charlie Kirk and Ben Shapiro be "cancelled."
Numerous mainstream liberals signed an open letter deploring cancel culture as inherently opposed to freedom of opinion, open discussion, and reasonable discourse.
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