Regrettably, it's here again.The loudest critics of cancel culture tend to frame it as a sort of inquisition -- as a campaign to quash someone or s
Regrettably, it’s here again.
Chappelle faced backlash, and Gillis was fired from “Saturday Night Live” not long after the announcement of his hire. Yet lost in much of the cancel culture chatter at the time was the fact that neither man was, well, canceled, despite claims to the contrary. Power is still on their side: Chappelle released a well-received YouTube special, “8:46,” in June, and Gillis has done standup since he was fired. In other words, both still have a platform.
Also lost: how the criticism functioned as a corrective. It was in defense of groups that have long been kicked to American society’s fringes.
Fast-forward to 2020 for another example of how claims of cancel culture often warp reality.
That’s a rich statement. Before Trump won the 2016 presidential election — that is, before he assumed the highest office in the country — he was a cancel culture acolyte. It’s only been since he entered the White House that he’s become one of its biggest critics.
This isn’t to suggest that there aren’t instances of overblown policing by those on the left.
Rather, it’s to appeal for a sense of proportion: Some are articulating righteous anger; others, such as the President, are just afraid of a bit of accountability.