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The Real Cancel Culture Culprit?

Nick Englehart

Posted on July 28, 2020 01:18

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A quick look at who decides if you get to be on T.V. anymore.

Cancel culture is not new. Political correctness is not new. These are words thrown around every time the oppressed make waves. They are words used by those in power when their power is threatened. The phrase originated in 1793 when the Supreme Court used it to discuss a case on the boundaries of federal jurisdiction.

Now, politicians and media personalities use the phrase to describe those they believe are silencing free speech and promoting un-American activities. The real cancel culture culprit? The American Dollar.

Many see cancel culture as the extreme arm of political correctness. That it is a tool used by twitter mobs (seemingly on the left) to destroy people's lives for mistakes they made in their past. As my father used to say, "You can’t judge me based on my past," and as he would say now, "Me and my son aren’t very close." There will always be discussions on the consequence of free speech. If there weren't it wouldn't exist. However, when actions are taken in regards to speech, we should be sure we know who is really in charge of deciding who stays, and who goes.

There are, on rare occasions, instances of pure harassment. Instances where internet strangers Dox peoples homes, share their address and put others in danger. This type of reaction is far less frequent than the corporate response. For these examples, I cite the likes of Kevin Hart who was un-asked to host the Oscars. This decision was not made by the people. It was made eventually by corporations.

People can not be canceled if they can still make money. That is the bottom line, or so you could say. The Oscars may have, "canceled" Kevin Hart in 2018 but in 2017 Mel Gibson, a man famously ostracized from Hollywood for his minutes long anti-Semitic rant during a DUI arrest, received six Oscar nominations.

The decision related to Hart was likely due to the Academy's ever-decreasing viewer ratings; an attempt to not lose even a few more. Despite this, Hart would go on to make a 6 episode docu-series that premiered on Netflix about the event. A deal that presumably netted him a decent chunk-o-change.

I'm not trying to bring attention to Kevin Hart or to say that his previous actions are unforgivable. I use his example because his situation highlights where real power lies. If it lay in the hands of easily agitated mobs like so many worried media elites like to believe Kevin Hart would be forced to spend his days in his million-dollar mansion never to interact with culture again. Netflix wouldn’t have made money from his side of the story. But Hart roams the streets telling jokes and Netflix is still a powerhouse of the streaming world.

This term, "Cancel Culture," a procured term from many times and many places, lies firmly in the hands of profit and is only used to silence minority opinions in a space where they have no voice.

Nick Englehart

Posted on July 28, 2020 01:18

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Source: HuffPost

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