Smerconish: This is why it's time to cancel 'cancel culture'

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CNN's Michael Smerconish warns the censors of political incorrectness that there needs to be nuance and discussion -- and there could be a political price to be paid at the polls.
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America seems to be a nation of extremes, rather than moderation. You don't lean one way or the other, you swing hard toward it, and lose a lot of nuance in the process.

Author — Chris Albert

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I never thought I would live in an America where the quote, "I don't agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it, " would be controversial to the point where it's not even a majority opinion anymore. Freedom of speech is the most important freedom. Without it you cannot fight bad ideas. If people can't voice bad ideas, then bad ideas can't be countered. The people who have the bad ideas will just have them quietly.

John Stuart Mill's On Liberty needs to be required reading in grade school.

Author — NeuralSimulation

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'Nuance' is the key- word to this whole problem. I'm leaning more on the liberal side of the political debate, but I've been talking about the 'cancel culture' problem for years. In general, the mistake of today's political discussion between modern society (not only in America) is that we have completely eliminated critical thinking and nuance from it, and replaced it with black and white coarse thinking about complex issues. This is the crux of the problem! And it's a problem on the far-left and the far-right. Because really, in this country, as in the rest of the world, there are more people in the center of the political debate - some are more inclined to agree with the liberals and the other with the conservatives, but these are still generally people who can meet in the middle and come to an agreement. I'm exactly one of those people on the liberal side - I'm just sane liberal. But I'm regularly thrown into the basket of ''crazy left'' by republicans and to be fair, many decent, normal, smart conservatives are automatically thrown into the basket of ''fascists'' by most on the democrats' side. Which is simply not true and ridiculous. This happens exactly because our world today lacks nuance and calm, critical debate. The extremists on both sides hijack all the debate and political power on media and social media, without allowing this political center to speak, and that suits the media perfectly because as usual, the extremists on both sides produce more emotion and controversy, and this guarantees 'clicks' and money to the media. As a result, most of the society is easily radicalized, because everyone consumes the media in search of information, and when you see only radicals on every side, every day, when you see only stereotypes and exaggeration, then people on ''all sides'' get more and more angry and hateful; they just begin to identify each other with the most distorted stereotypes!!

Let's take the Chappelle problem. People who 'canceled' him throw buzz-words right away and show their anger right away, without any critical scrutiny. They don't understand the irony, the allusions in comedy, or that there are different levels and layers in each issue. And they proclaim ''there is only one valid opinion here, and it's mine". This is exactly the authoritarian thinking and mind.

Edit: I can already see manipulation on the part of some people here who, in their responses and comments, say that cancel culture does not exist because it is simply consequences and accountability, and that the discussion of cancel culture is a substitute topic. No. Stop pretending it's not a problem and deliberately distorting reality. Accountability is when we reject and punish those who have committed REAL crimes such as rape, murder, or who are truly racist, etc - and it has been proven to them! And I absolutely agree with such accountability. But that's not what cancel culture is and you know it perfectly well. For example, I am talking about how, after George Floyd's death, some celebrities, but also ordinary people, were hailed as racist and were destroyed in public by the Twitter mob, simply because they didn't share the exact same BLM's foundations and charities links as woke Twitter mob did. Even though these people have long been known on Twitter as liberals who help the Afro-American community and are against racists non-stop. This is what I am talking about - these absurd attacks and destruction of people who are supporters of good causes but are destroyed anyway, just because they don't do everything IDENTICALLY like the woke crowd. And such things happen non-stop, we are talking about this madness, not about accountability for real crimes. I am 100% for accountability, but not for destroying everyone who has a slightly different opinion or doesn't sit 24/7 on Twitter and is not an activist 24/7. This is the difference between real accountability and cancel culture. And btw, I'm not the 'old white boomer', I'm 30 years old and just fed up with tribalism, hatred, and destroying people because of their normal but slightly different opinions than the woke crowd opinions.

This is why we must fight this madness. And this is where I have been very disappointed with Jon Stewart recently. He claims that cancel culture is simply a criticism, only stronger because most of the population today has access to social media and as a result - a clear, loud voice. But Jon is wrong. The problem is, this has long grown beyond mere criticism. I am not talking about 'canceling' famous people who have great power and popularity, because it is clear that such examples are weak. Because such persons are too 'big' to be effectively 'canceled'. Rather, it is about ourselves - all sorts of ordinary regular workers and people who may be fired from their jobs now or utterly ruined in public for mere expressions of our opinions or feelings that go against every absurdity of the extreme left or political correctness. Because, for example, Twitter mobs use Twitter, or other social media to shame you, destroy you, they even often report others they disagree with, to the employer, if they find where such an `` incorrect '' person works, they organize protests to force employers to fire that person. So it's not about criticism. It is about actively destroying people, depriving them of their employment, about the defamation - only because some people don't agree with a popular opinion of one group on a given topic. Jon Stewart has completely misunderstood a very real problem! I have to say that on this issue, Bill Maher is a much better analyst, and he understands the problem brilliantly, the best out of all political commentators.

Author — Keeping up with the Halsteads

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So I'm about done with this but this guy says Dave Chappelle was trying to get a reaction out of his audience like we didn't know that. He is trying to get people to think and more importantly for him, to laugh. Dave is a comedian ya know.

Author — Armandhammer

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@Sally Cute. Only that this is a deliberate distortion of the problem. Nobody is saying that to cancel a person, who is truly racist or xenophobic, is wrong. Nobody! The point here is that such a 'canceled' person is often not racist at all, but in the eyes of the woke crowd, he/she is, simply because the woke mob feels like it and has that impression on social media, when they don't even know who this supposed 'racist' person is, in real life! And whatever this person does, once branded ''racist'', this person will always be racist in the eyes of the Twitter mob and is constantly attacked. Let me give you an example. After George Floyd's death, some celebrities, but also ordinary people, were hailed as racist and were destroyed in public by the Twitter mob, simply because they didn't share the exact same BLM's foundations and charities links as woke Twitter mob did. Even though these people have long been known on Twitter as liberals who help the Afro-American community and are against racists non-stop. This is what I am talking about - these absurd attacks and destruction of people who are supporters of good causes but are destroyed anyway, just because they don't do everything IDENTICALLY like the woke crowd. And such things happen non-stop, we are talking about this madness, not about accountability for real crimes. I am 100% for accountability, but not for destroying everyone who has a slightly different opinion or doesn't sit 24/7 on Twitter and is not an activist 24/7. This is the difference between real accountability and cancel culture. And btw, I'm not the 'old white boomer', I'm 30 years old and just fed up with tribalism, hatred, and destroying people because of their normal but slightly different opinions than the woke crowd opinions.

Author — Keeping up with the Halsteads

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I'd be all for this if it was applied consistently.
Bari Weiss, for example, is given a platform to go on and on about cancel culture but the media ignores the fact that she spent years trying to get academics fired for criticism of Israel.
Or Sam Seder getting fired from MSNBC because a conservative blogger (Mr pizzagate himself, Mike Cernovich) decided to weponise an old tweet that was clearly satirical.
My point is, the left needs to understand nuance and not fall for this crap while the right runs amok with their disingenuous lies.

Author — Pete O

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Author — Matt Anderson

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And why is the epithet "hater" applied to every single person who dares to disagree with something?

Author — good morning

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All of these stories have more story to tell ie; the relationship that Chapel enjoyed with Daphne was respected by her and is respected by her family. My point is that we really need to understand the whole culture and story behind anything or anyone ‘nominated for cancellation’

Author — Diane Claycomb

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Very well said, I can tell he’s a Howard super fan.

Author — ADA FTW

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Great points! I hadn’t thought about this much, but I agree with much of what you said.

Author — robbes7rh

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If we can't talk about all things racist openly and honestly we will never get better

Author — Charles Moore

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No one benefits from so called "cancelling". I'd like to see the history of "cancelling" before it was renamed "cancelling". There is a great history of people doing this, except called by other names. Anyone know what those names are? Look back into history, folks. "Cancelling" is just the newest, popular way this practice is named. Come on now.

Author — Lunar'sMa

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I'm from the left and can clearly say that museum let go volunteers that are also donors is plain stupidity. Hopefully they will increase their budget to pay others that cannot volunteer.

Author — Mrs OBrian

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Phobia has a meaning, ..fear...just because you dont want to bend your reality to suit someone elses reality doesnt mean you fear them.
If someone suddenly calls the land as the sea and the sky as the land, i'm not obligated to follow their distortion of reality. It doesnt mean i fear or hate them.

Author — mav

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I agree with smercornish on this one, but the one about Harvard checking the amount of Asians in there university, am on Harvard’s side. Asians are using the knowledge from the USA to beat us economically and politically. Let the white, black, Latin and native Americans in the country have more say about the future of our schools.

Author — SuperKillerdog

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It benefits the right. It harms the left. Clearly. I have two explanations.

First. When the right does it, they do it to the left. When the left does it, they do it to the left too.

Second is trickier. But most instances of cancelling following a twitter mob outbreak or something is fueled by rage. The process of cancellation includes a lot of very angry, very absolute language. So-and-so is a monster, is undefendable, should never be heard from ever again, and should be punished, severely! This kind of performative aggression and desire for punishment of norm violators, just plays better on the right. When lefties do it they seem sanctimonious or disingenous, when right-wingers do it they just seem filled by righteous fury.
If I would hasard a guess, I’d say it’s something about it that just harmonizes better with authoritarian and conservative values, than with liberal and progressive ones.

Anyway, for whatever reasons, cancel culture is counter productive for the left and neutral or beneficial for the right.

Author — Dan Guillou

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We definitely need to cancel cancel culture. I pray it happens

Author — wasup fool

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We all lose--especially when we believe anyone with blind faith.

Author — Noah Tenshen

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wow, I will look up this book, didn't know Michael wrote smth like this so long ago!!

Author — Ben Cloud