The Pale Orc
Gold Supporting Member
- Aug 4, 2018
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- Boston, MA
It is in the video and Maher is not a conservative. Are you trolling?And yet conservatives fail time and again to provide an example of someone ‘canceled.’Maher's comes with facts that 80% of the population believes our PC culture sucks. When Bill Maher and Ben Shapiro agree on something we should all listen. You're part of the problem and you don't even see it. WowIt is a response to the ridiculous idea of a "cancel culture". It is an opinion as valid as Mahers.What does that have to do with the OP and the video I posted? So you think Maher is making it up?It's time to cancel this talk of 'cancel culture'
What, exactly is cancel culture?Is it someone getting fired for harassment or problematic views? No, that's a workplace doing its job.Is it a popular figure losing fans or affiliations because of their past actions? No, that's the power of public opinion.Is it a company choosing not to publish a book, or a group of people boycotting a brand? No, that's just the free market at work.Cancel culture, as it's understood today, isn't real. Not only do people and things allegedly "canceled" by this imaginary movement often prevail in the end, the whole concept is a smoke screen to distract from actual systemic forces of suppression.
Let's take a look at some recent victims of so-called cancel culture.Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the group that handles the iconic author's legacy, announced a handful of his titles, out of dozens, will no longer be printed or sold because of racist depictions. These books are not illegal to own, and in fact, many libraries have said they are actively finding ways to keep these titles on their shelves with context around their troubling content.
Still, some people cried "cancel culture" and within days, mainstream Seuss titles like "The Cat in the Hat" were topping bestseller lists.
Bestselling country artist Morgan Wallen faced criticism after he was caught saying a racial slur on camera. Some radio stations decided to stop playing his songs, but they climbed up the Spotify charts nonetheless, and his album sales and social media followers skyrocketed. So far, his career has certainly not be canceled.
Neither were the careers of Lana Del Ray, Doja Cat, Camila Cabello, Justin Bieber or other singers accused of racist speech.Gina Carano, who played a supporting role on Disney's "The Mandalorian," was fired after comparing the treatment of conservatives to the Holocaust.She's not banned from getting work, and in fact has already landed herself another gig -- funded by conservative pundit Ben Shapiro.[...]
There is accountability. There are legal repercussions. There are tides of public opinion and the pull of the free market. There are also longstanding institutional structures that serve to suppress and threaten those who act against the interests of those with power.
None of this is cancel culture.
Indeed, those subject to criticism for their comments or actions are not only not ‘canceled,’ but they continue to flourish and thrive.
The fact remains that ‘cancel culture’ is a myth – a rightwing contrivance intended to foment baseless controversy and conflict and further divide the American people, perceived by the right as politically beneficial.
That Bill Maher and Ben Shapiro might agree on something demonstrates only that both are wrong.
What’s harmful to the nation is rightists advancing the lie that conservatives live in perpetual fear that at some point they’re be ‘targeted’ by the ‘liberal elite’ for ‘cancelation.’
‘Cancel culture’ is nothing but a dishonest variation on the conservatives as ‘victims’ lie.