Cancel culture

Ezra Klein: A Different Way of Thinking About Cancel Culture

Incidents of so-called “cancel culture” aren’t “verdicts weighed and delivered on behalf of society,” says Klein. When companies “cancel” prominent leaders and spokespeople, they’re “the actions of self-centered organizations that had decided their employees were now liabilities.”

Klein makes some good and insightful points here, and one big one I find questionable: That non-celebrities are losing out on job opportunities when they become targeted in public Internet shamings. Employers Google a candidate, find out about some controversy that person got involved in, and just quietly move on. I know of a few cases where that has happened, but is it a big trend?

I have a transgressive sense of humor. You see some of that here, and privately I’m more likely to let fly. One day one of the dark memes I share privately may come back to bite me publicly.

The only people who complain about cancel culture are conservatives. When it happens to progressives – like Colin Kapaernik and the Dixie Chicks – conservatives applaud it as patriotism.

And the people being cancelled don’t seem to suffer for it. Mostly, they quickly find other platforms, where they loudly proclaim their victimhood.