What has happened to our Country and our culture? I am just shocked and appalled by the outward anger, awful behavior and needless antagonizing based on which political side you’re on. Cancel culture is a form of boycott. It is the removal or “canceling” of a person, organization, product, brand, or anything else due to an issue that a community or group disapproves of or finds offensive.
Today we want to dismiss, ruin careers, avoid people and companies that represent the opposite political view or feelings on issues we are facing in society but have since the beginning of time. We have also been able to handle these disagreements in the past in a much better way than we do now. It is “the popular practice of withdrawing support for…public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive.”
Bullying used to be so different, but now it’s so much more. Keying cars that have bumper stickers supporting the other side, accosting people outside of stores when they are wearing political apparel, taking unvaccinated people off party lists, not letting them join Country Clubs and even worse, violence.
Cancel culture is everywhere now. Athletes kneeling at our anthem, disrespecting our flag and our Country.100-year-old product brands having to change their brand due to someone’s feelings being hurt or historical racial issues, professional sports teams having to change their names because people are offended by history. History is why we are here, whether it was right or wrong it made our country who we are today it cannot be erased. Our founders who fought for our freedom have been canceled and statues taken down. When will this stop? Why do we want to erase?
Some examples of cancel culture include:
Mike Lindell — CEO, My Pillow, lost his distribution contract and canceled with retailers for $20M due to his support of President Trump.
JK Rowling – famous author of the Harry Potter series, has been a controversial figure in recent years. Many have accused her of transphobia and bigotry, due to her comments on transgender rights and gender identity.
Joe Rogan – Pod Cast Host, Joe Rogan’s stance on vaccination, which was seen by many as anti-vax (which Rogan denies), led some musicians to boycott Spotify, the company that hosts his podcast.
Donald Trump – 45th President United States, canceled by Twitter and Facebook.
Dr. Seuss – Famous Children’s Book Writer
In March 2021, Dr. Seuss Enterprises decided to discontinue publishing 6 Seuss books due to perceived racism within the books and images. Stores took them off the shelves and Amazon took them down.
Aunt Jemima Syrup – famous 130 year old brand of syrup and pancake mix will get a new name and image, Quaker Oats announced Wednesday, saying the company recognizes that “Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype.”
At the end of the day, canceling cannot continue as it has caused so much mental, physical and monetary long-term damage.
– Chris Drew Helpfulprofessor.com
– Lindsey Toler, VERYWELLMIND