Cancel Culture

When Cancel Culture Comes for the Person With the Pitchfork

The leader of the mob follows the victim to the gallows.

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The Teen Vogue cancel culture news cycle reached its inevitable denouement earlier this week after social media sleuths discovered that Christine Davitt—a staffer at the publication who was involved in the successful effort to oust incoming editor-in-chief Alexi McCammond due to her decade-old insensitive tweets—had also tweeted bad words a long time ago.

While McCammond had profusely apologized for offensive and racist remarks she had made about Asians at the age of 17, she was nevertheless forced to resign—something that prompted Davitt to exhale "the deepest sigh I've ever sighed." But now it's Davitt's turn in the hot seat.

This is utterly unsurprising. Attempted cancelation of the person involved in the initial cancel mob has become a recurring feature of these stories. People who rejoice that their least favorite celebrity, media figure, or children's book author is finally being held accountable for some past wrongdoing are soon forced to remember that they, too, have done and said things they regret.

A facilitator of this phenomenon is the recent, relative ubiquity of social media. When I was 17 years old, in 2005, it was unlikely that any offensive comments I might have made would be preserved for later embarrassment. But just a few years later, it became the case that virtually every teenager had a smartphone, and their insensitive utterances would exist forever in text, tweet, or snap form.

This is one of the few points of agreement between myself, Will Wilkinson, and Jane Coaston, with whom I engaged in a spirited debate about the existence and extent of cancel culture for a recent episode of The Argument, the podcast of The New York Times' opinion pages. Coaston, formerly of Vox, is now the host of the podcast; Wilkinson was a senior staffer at the Niskanen Center until he tweeted himself out of a job.  Wilkinson is arguably a victim of cancel culture, but doesn't believe the concept has tremendous merit; I nevertheless defended him when he was fired. It made for an interesting conversation, yet we both expressed concern that social media has made it harder for teenagers to escape their worst moments.

Our major disagreement, on the other hand, is that Wilkinson believes the phenomenon we are broadly referring to as "cancel culture" is a method for historically marginalized groups to shift social norms such that people who malign them are held accountable. I'm skeptical of this claim, and the Teen Vogue incident does not make me less so. It is simply not true that the people who canceled McCammond—the progressive staffers at Teen Vogue—are obviously engaged in good faith anti-racism but the people now trying to cancel Davitt—various folks in the media who find the irony newsworthy—are engaged in bad-faith trolling. Rather, both sides have weaponized a new form of social sanction—one made more convenient by social media, but ultimately deployed not by bots or algorithms but by real human beings—to punish someone for a slight.

It is becoming clearer and clearer that this weapon does not belong to progressives: People on all sides of the political spectrum are capable of using it; indeed, cancel culture even occasionally strikes at people for reasons that aren't particularly ideological. We are currently witnessing a vast co-opting of the very term "cancel culture" by conservatives, who have described everything from the second impeachment of Donald Trump to the criticisms of QAnon-interested Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R–Ga.) as cancel culture run amok. Even South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, whose rising star among the MAGA set came crashing back to earth after she irritated religious conservatives, lamented that she is a victim of "conservative cancel culture."

I suspect that part of the reason the right is leaning so hard into appropriation of the term is that the American public is broadly sympathetic to those who are canceled, and Republicans want to associate themselves with the objects of such sympathy. This circular firing squad—where the leader of the mob follows the victim to the gallows—only creates more opportunities for them to do so.

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  1. Obviously the solution is to ban social media.

    1. Yes that would be effective. Clearly it’s a poisonous cancer on society.

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    2. Or stop giving women in their 20s this kind of authority and prestige, because they clearly aren’t capable of handling the responsibility that goes with it.

      1. These broads best quit their bitchin’ and get back to the kitchen. Where they can bake the menfolk a pie!

      2. We should probably just stop giving anyone any authority or prestige, as they clearly weren’t capable of handling the responsibility that goes with it when they were teenagers.

        1. Hey! Libertarians have always said: “Question Authority!”

        2. Flatten the prestige curve!

          1. If you say ‘for only 2 weeks’ I’m jumping off the ledge over there.

            1. If you could just take 14 days, to flatten the curve…

    3. Or libertarians could announce that cancel culture is protected by the First Amendment, just like other forms of hate speech.

  2. BTW, I may have some insight as to how this young woman was recognized by the Black Journalists association– going back to the question of the one-drop rule which the left seems to have reinvigorated.

    If I may turn your attention to the curious case of Jason Wardill (pictured in the link). Mr. Wardill is a design and technology instructor who was invited by the National Education Union to a conference of black teachers. He has repeatedly insisted and requested that the NEU stop referring to him as black, but they insist he is.

    Here is there reasoning:

    The NEU – which has been at the forefront of the campaign to keep schools closed during the pandemic – says it treats black as a political term rather than a signifier of African heritage.

    Therefore the term includes ‘all members who self-identify as black, Asian and any other minority ethnic groups who do not identify themselves as white’.

    1. To be fair, my mom (who also happens to be of Mediterranean heritage, specifically Greek) was periodically called the n-word by some her nastier white classmates when she was a young girl. She has about the same skin tone as Mr. Wardill. But like him, she does not consider herself black.

      1. There is a reason the northern ittalians say that Africa starts in rome

        1. You’ve got a Roman nose… It’s roamin’ all over the place!

        2. The English used to say “The Wogs begin at Calais”,

        3. Never been north of Rome in Italy, but been in Rome, Calabria, and Sicily. Since I don’t speak Italian, and was with someone that spoke it mediocre, I can’t say this is in depth information, but it was very culturally different in Calabria, which could have been multiplied because it was more rural, but even in some resort cities on the water you could tell a difference.

          Sicily was like a completely different country, though. There was six of us, and we bought a couple bottles of wine for a few hour train ride from Palermo to Agrigento. The rest of the people on the train were not amused by this. In general, Sicilians outside of tourist areas really, really, don’t like people that aren’t Sicilian.

          1. Sicilians generally don’t even like other Sicilians

            1. Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line.

              1. Your comment is inconceivable.

                1. You know, I do not think that word means what you think it means.

          2. Sicilians put sugar in their pasta sauce. Animals.

            1. Must be using the wrong tomatoes. I get accused of that all the time, but it ain’t so! – says the gardener and the cook!

              1. Are the gardener and the cook really cute tomatoes? Asking for my “little friend.”

      2. In Australia before the 1970s or so anyone who was not northern European was likely to be called black unless the speaker could think of another – often much more colorful – racial epithet.

        1. I also thought “black” in Australia meant aboriginal rather than African descent.

      3. I’m half Greek, and was often mistaken for Hispanic when I was more tanned in the summer and didn’t have as much grey hair. This wasn’t just by whites, but more often Hispanics who would start speaking Spanish to me.

        1. Grandparents eastern European one side and the others immigrated from northern Italy. When I was in Spain they asked me if I was from Mexico a couple of times.

      4. There’s nothing “to be fair” about here. It’s no accident that so-called anti-racists have adopted the same view your nastier white classmates had.

    2. Yet another article by Robby denouncing cancel culture while pretending not to know what it was when Trump denounced cancel culture.

      1. Dont know how this ended up here, but it did. The coders for Reason are just as worthless as the writers.

        1. And the commenters lead the pack in deflecting blame.

  3. *wop, wop, wop, wooooop*

  4. Wilkinson believes the phenomenon we are broadly referring to as “cancel culture” is a method for historically marginalized groups to shift social norms such that people who malign them are held accountable.

    Sanctimonious and over-privileged white 20-something fart-sniffers are an “historically marginalized group”? Who knew?

    The auto-da-fé don’t stop til we run out of autos to da-fé.

    1. is a method for historically marginalized groups to shift social norms such that people who malign them are held accountable.

      It’s really the opposite: a method for these same individuals to shift social norms such that *they* are never held accountable for anything, ever.

      1. But that’s exactly what they accuse whites of!

    2. >Sanctimonious and over-privileged white 20-something fart-sniffers are an “historically marginalized group”?

      That’s the frustrating thing. Surveys have shown that the majority of people of color do not like political correctness or cancel culture. The vast majority of proponents of cancel culture are white. But they keep insisting they are helping marginalized groups by giving them something they did not ask for and do not want.

      1. It’s the white man’s burden, to be offended on behalf the marginalized that are too stupid to know they should be offended.

      2. It has nothing to do with blacks.

        The goal is to ensure they remain on top of other whites in a race-normalized society. They can do this through hard work and talent, or by claiming “leadership” by directing the mob. Only one of these paths is available to most of this group.

      3. So far the vast majority of latin people don’t want latinx. They obviously don’t know what’s good for them.

    3. “fart-sniffers”… Made me laugh. I absolutely hope this catches on.

      1. I always have a plentiful supply to provide to them.

        1. They only like the smell of their own farts.

    4. Chorus: “Auto-de-fe? What’s an auto-de-fe?

      Torquemada: “An auto-de-fe is what you shouldn’t do, but you do anyway!”

  5. The socialists will eventually come for Reason, and the commentariat will demand they be banned. But it will be too little too late.

    But – thank you again Reason for supporting free speech and for not (yet) banning me again for saying that.

    1. I kinda wish reason would step in the shit. I mean the editor in chief once made a left wing college professor turned center right blogger cry over standing up for the right o to discriminate against people for innate characteristics or anything else

      1. Fuck

        …and it’s why, among other reasons I hold her in the highest respect despite the shit-rag this website has become under her leadership.

        It was like the end of Giant only with no punches thrown. “Sarge” (KM-W) just kept throwing that “we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone” sign on a crying Ann Althouse over and over again. I wish I could have been there to see it.

  6. I suspect that part of the reason the right is leaning so hard into appropriation of the term is that the American public is broadly sympathetic to those who are canceled, and Republicans want to associate themselves with the objects of such sympathy.

    I suspect part of the reason the right is leaning so hard into appropriation of the term is that they finally got around to reading Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals and are using the left’s own weapons against them because they’ve seen just how effective the weapons are.

    Odd how many people are now publishing these think pieces about how maybe we’ve gone too far with this shit now that the right has started fighting back using the same methods as the left.

    1. If the New York Times and CNN were having their twitter accounts blocked on account of unfavorable stories about Donald Trump, trust me, the left would be going nuclear.

    2. “…….the American public is broadly sympathetic to those who are cancelled,…….”

      Wait, what?

      1. On what planet?

      2. Like when Goya Foods was cancelled and the Left called for a boycott, and Goya’s sales increased by about 1,000 percent.
        Like when J.K. Rowling’s books are selling just fine.
        Like, back in the day, when Starbucks was boycotted by anti-gun folks because they refused to post “No Guns” signs, and had their best day ever.

        There would be more examples, except most of those cancelled haven’t learned the obvious rules for dealing with it. Like, “Never, ever apologize. It will never be enough.” Respond with the impudent digit, and keep on keeping on.

        1. There’s plenty of examples where it didn’t work either like my pillow, so there’s that too….

    3. Rules for Radicals are for those who don’t care about truth or honor. It is only effective insofar as the people have been corrupted. If the right is adopting them it just shows they are turning into their enemies.

      1. If the right is adopting them it just shows they are turning into their enemies.
        BULLSHIT!
        It just means the right has finally decided that taking the high road is what got us into this mess in the first place and has realized that in order to fight effectively you need to meet them at their own level. And if that means crawl into the gutter and brawl, so be it.

  7. “Teen Vogue”

    Did the New York Times rename itself?

    1. The NYT is juvenile, yes, but very far from vogue.

    2. Wait, *THIS* isn’t Teen Vogue?

      Huh.

    3. That was good. Thumbs up.

  8. Ms. Davitt was part of the mob that ran Ms. McCammond out of the magazine. Yet, Ms. Davitt had committed the identical sin years ago.
    Ms. Davitt committed the important sin here, not Ms. McCammond.

    More popcorn please!

    1. As I’ve said for years…the mob got Robespierre eventually.

  9. Given how often this pattern repeats, I am tempted to start thinking: “doth lady does protest too much” whenever accusations of racism, homophobia, etc. start getting thrown around.

  10. At long as this circular firing squad ensures the eradication of these people, I support it.

    1. Their suffering and attrition are good things.

    2. Forget just a circular firing squad. I want it to be like Chinese Checkers until all the cancellers are off the board. Kind of like a massive scale “Upper Class Twit of the Year” from Monty Python’s Flying Circus..

      Just remember to duck and get behind heavy walls when the bullets start flying and freedom-lovers can arise from the ruins like a Phoenix from the ashes and triumphant!

  11. In other news, I just saw where the Senate has apparently voted to confirm Rachel Levine 52-48, with all the Democrats voting for and all the Republicans except for Collins and Murkowski voting against. This is a great victory for trans-gendered pieces of shit and everybody knows the only reason Biden nominated Levine is because of his transgenderism, if he were a normal straight white guy nobody could possibly have considered him qualified to scrub the toilets at HHS.

    1. The only thing HHS employees are qualified to do is scrub toilets

      1. That’s rather demeaning to toilet scrubbers – they work hard and it takes some level of skill to be good at even a menial task. I’d bet you a fat dollar that there are few HHS employees qualified to be hired as a toilet scrubber.

        1. I have a feeling the toilet scrubber job at the HHS building has very high turnover, and it will be even worse after Levine joins. The restroom conditions are probably somewhere between Chipotle and a Celiac Disease Clinic. It’s because the people who are the least capable of cleaning a bathroom are the most filthy and disgusting bathroom users.

          1. That’s kind of strange, too, considering what great medical insurance public employees have.

        2. Toilet scrubbers are also serve a purpose of maintaining good hygiene in a building, which is useful. How many HHS staffers serve a useful purpose in their jobs?

      2. I imagine them being too lazy and slow to be of any value scrubbing toilets.

    2. To be fair, his obesity probably had something to do with his appointment also.

    3. She also qualifies as the first drag queen. They made her “assistant” secretary of health because they need a woman to clean up after the office parties, so don’t get too worked up.


  12. is a method for historically marginalized groups to shift social norms such that people who malign them are held accountable.

    That’s retarded. It assumes there’s some hierarchy of marginalization that can be stacked up next to each other with a clear winner in every circumstance.

    Who do we cancel? The black woman, the paraplegic white man, or the asian ladyboy? Is there some kind of math we can use to determine the winner, or is it just entirely fucking subjective with the ruling majority determining who they feel worse for and showering them with praise until they decide they’ve had enough and throw them back into the churn.

    If anything, cancel culture is the dominant culture deciding who they’re going to allow to speak that day. If that culture doesn’t think you deserve to speak, based on any criteria they see fit to use, then you shall not speak.

    Kind of like how conservative black men are basically considered race traitors by white liberals. Go figure.

    1. It’s an unwinnable game, as Douglas Murray says.

      1. And it is a game, and in the case of publications it’s almost certainly a game where a journalist wants another journalists job, so they go mining for dirt. And it’s why the next person in line ends up with egg on their face as well, because someone else will always want that job.

        I mean, it’s not coincidence that Hollywood, Journalism, and Politics is where this stuff is happening. It’s a power struggle between PR entities, and really little else.

        Recall James Gunn? Yeah, someone else wanted directorial or creative control on that project because it represents more than a few million dollars in their pockets if they could oust him. Sure, it could be some fan combing through old tweets and putting it on reddit but some outlet will no doubt be getting a ‘hot tip’ email with a link to it from some ‘anonymous source’ that never gets mentioned.

    2. “Who do we cancel?”

      Most importantly we cancel ourselves. By listening to that policeman inside our heads.

      “If anything, cancel culture is the dominant culture deciding who they’re going to allow to speak that day.”

      I disagree. The dominant culture is Bobby Soave, and those who are critical. The urge to censor comes from youth culture.

  13. It demonstrates that the violation of inalienable rights is in vogue.

  14. “Gov. Kristi Noem, whose rising star among the MAGA set came crashing back to earth after she irritated religious conservatives”

    You mean, helped put men into women’s sports.

    1. what are lesbian softball players? chopped liver?

      1. (If that was too subtle, I was piling on Robby there. Not directed at you)

      2. Remind me again why softball is even a sport at all…or at least why it’s ever played outdoors?

        1. It can be played while intoxicated.

        2. And you don’t need a glove if you play 16″

          1. That’s kickball. Related drunken sport.

            1. Nope you still get a bat

        3. Less dangerous than baseball when combined with a keg.

          1. Clearly you have never been to a “good” beer league game

    2. Well, not exactly yet.
      A bill still has to get to her desk and be signed.
      All she has done so far is to renege on a promise and whine when called out about it.

      1. They’re cow towing to the NCAA. You would think Governors would unite to tell them to take a hike.

      2. I thought she had a pretty reasonable answer.

        She said they would end up losing women’s sports if they went it alone, so she is trying to put together a coalition of states.

        Seems pragmatic. No reason to die on a hill that you cannot possibly take. Better to go back and get reinforcements.

        1. And wemons sports deserves to die if Noone cares

        2. “she is trying to put together a coalition of states”

          I’ll be waiting in anticipation to hear more about this coalition which will never happen.

    3. Yeah, it’s not just religious conservatives annoyed at selling out voters to keep the NCAA and Chamber of Commerce happy.

    4. “Boys have a penis. Girls have a vagina.”

      Deep political insights from libertarians and precocious kindergarteners.

      1. But mind-boggling heresy to progressives.

        1. Ahahahahahahahahaha damik all that’s funny.
          Fuck you Tony.

        2. You just don’t understand that language, culture, and reality are separate things.

  15. It’s good to see Robbie returning to his roots where the real danger of cancel culture is right participation even though it was created by and most widely and effectively deployed by the left.

    1. Unless you count all the various ways the right wants to cancel people for being the wrong religion, race, sexual identity, and so on.

      1. Feel free to list your examples of this happening.

        1. I’m still waiting.

        2. Tony is stuck fighting against 1980s Republicans. That’s when the Republican party touched him in the naughty place.

        3. They are passing laws all over the county in a brazen attempt to cancel the right to vote for black people. And it’s not the first time, as you know.

          They spend the 2000s screeching about the threat gay people pose to “traditional” families.

          They outright ban Muslims from entering the country because they are Muslim.

          Have you been in a coma for 50 years?

          1. None of that happened, with one exception:

            They spend the 2000s screeching about the threat gay people pose to “traditional” families.

            But keep in mind this wasn’t just on the right, as this opinion was shared by Bill & Hillary Clinton, Obama, and many others on the left. It was wrong, no doubt, but not a sin of the right.

            But you’re lying is normal, so here we are, a weekday that ends in ‘y’.

  16. “We are currently witnessing a vast co-opting of the very term “cancel culture” by conservatives, who have described everything from the second impeachment of Donald Trump to the criticisms of QAnon-interested Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R–Ga.) as cancel culture run amok. Even South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, whose rising star among the MAGA set came crashing back to earth after she irritated religious conservatives, lamented that she is a victim of “conservative cancel culture.”

    I suspect that part of the reason the right is leaning so hard into appropriation of the term is that the American public is broadly sympathetic to those who are canceled, and Republicans want to associate themselves with the objects of such sympathy.”

    OH DEAR, ROBBY. WHICH BUZZFEED JOURNOLIST ARE YOU TRYING TO FUCK?
    Jealous because Gillespie got to go on Maher last week?

  17. There is always somebody more radical than YOU Robespierre, and that person WILL demand your head on a platter.

  18. People on all sides of the political spectrum are capable of using it

    Pwew! I feared Robbie was going to let a whole article slip by without bringing up all sides.

  19. https://twitter.com/greg_price11/status/1374834510429351942?s=19

    “I am devalued, disrespected and dismissed because I am a woman” says the millionaire soccer player while speaking with the president and first lady at the White House

    1. They don’t teach economics in all girls schools.

      She makes way more than the U15 FC dallas boys team that crushed her team.

      1. They negotiated a contract that included a bunch of benefits for them, like health care and steady pay (whether they had games or not, or games against lesser opponents). Then they got mad that the men’s contracts ended up paying better. Even though they didn’t have the benefits or the whole ‘getting paid whether you play or not’ feature.

        Hire better lawyers and you won’t have these issues. In the mean time, either play out your contract, or strike. Don’t bother the rest of us about how you made poor choices.

        1. There is also the issue that women’s soccer does not draw as much money and fan interest, but, yes, they traded pay for security and benefits and then got angry about it.

          1. Not only that, they are now being disingenuous about it. The amount of pay for the men vs the women is the only talking point. Nothing about the structure or security they chose, as per Minadin.

      2. If the women’s team were paid as much as the men’s team, the 14 year-old boys who crushed them would stick a barrette in their hair and take their jobs. They should be happy that they are not paid enough to make it worth the while of former NCAA men’s soccer players to “discover” that they identify as female.

    2. There’s an easy cure for that disrespect: try out for the men’s team.

    3. If she can do anything a man can do, she is free to try out for the men’s team. I mean, should be super easy, right?

      1. Considering how good the US Men’s soccer team has been of late, she may actually have a chance. LOL!

  20. https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1374865764533075980?s=19

    Texas: A Korean beauty store owner was beaten & had her nose broken by two women who shouted racial insults during the attack. Daquiesha Williams & Keaundra Young have been charged over the incident. #StopAsianHate

    1. God damn the rampant white supremacy.

    2. Maybe they were mad when they realized the beauty treatment obviously hadn’t worked.

  21. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1374875592030617610?s=19

    On the Mayor of Charlottesville’s FB page she is accusing Thomas Jefferson of rape as her bizarre meltdown continues

  22. Davitt, meet Robespierre.

    1. I wish it were like that.

      Robespierre’s death is regarded as pretty much the end of the Terror – this latest victim is more like a Menshevik or Girondin.

  23. https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1374767165145026562?s=19

    It’s time to recognize and end the pervasive problem of Woke Privilege in our society. @AliMCollins is currently the poster child for this problem. Woke Privilege enables people to engage in bullying, racism, extortion, racketeering, corruption, and hate all without consequences.

    Woke Privilege is among the most important and severe problems in our society. People who are sufficiently Woke (and useful) are made untouchable and unaccountable. They are enabled in the worst behaviors and protected when they do legitimate harm to our communities and people.

    Debate all you want about white or male or whatever other kind of privilege. No privilege is more damaging and corrupt than ideological Woke privilege. It is time to end Woke privilege. Demand fairness and justice. End Woke Privilege.

    Woke Privilege is a set of unearned advantages conferred upon a sufficiently useful Woke person for toeing the ideological line. It raises people above the law and creates for them a bully pulpit from which they can engage in the worst behaviors in society without consequences.

  24. Sooner or later the wokists will discover the wisdom of the Biblical admonition “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

    Until then, invest in popcorn.

  25. “Ms. Davitt was part of the mob that ran Ms. McCammond out of the magazine. Yet, Ms. Davitt had committed the identical sin years ago.”

    This the whole point of cancel culture and of being a social justice warrior. People who are ashamed and afraid of their own (subconscious) racism seek out examples of racism in others to avoid that painful look into the mirror.

  26. Did I read this right? Have we now shifted around such that it is lefties that have been getting cancelled all along and the right is just taking notice?

    The cancel mob was coming for people on the right before Milo started doing his performance pieces on campus. That is why he put together his schtick of touring colleges and getting cancelled. You know, to draw attention to the problem.

  27. >…and Republicans want to associate themselves with the objects of such sympathy…

    And so the loudest critics of victimhood embrace it with the zeal only available to blinkered partisan hypocrites.

  28. Question for you Mr. Soave: Do we have any reason to suspect that Christine Davitt had applied for the editor-in-chief job herself, or wanted the job to go to someone in-house, and was pissed off that an outsider got the job?

    I am beginning to suspect that what appears to be “cancel culture” in supposed defense of “marginalized persons” is really nothing more than old-fashioned workplace backstabbing and climbing the corporate ladder by knifing your competition, under the fig leaf of “wokeness.”

    1. The same dynamic is playing out at the NYT.

      1. I had the same thought there as well.

      2. Make that “has played out.”

  29. Blockquote>This circular firing squad—where the leader of the mob follows the victim to the gallows—/blockquote>

    Where the hell are the editors?

    1. If one were to Google “mixed metaphor,” I can’t think of a better example to pop up.

  30. /“We are currently witnessing a vast co-opting of the very term “cancel culture” by conservative/

    Also Soadve, this is stupid.

    It was *conservative that created the term*.

    It’s been the Left – the primary users of the tactic – that have consistently denied it even exists.

    WTF?

    1. He wanted to write something from a certain point of view so made some shit up to support it.

  31. Cancel culture is the product of societal desire and acceptance of the drug of righteousness. We bath in righteousness anymore and love to wield our righteousness against everyone that we can.

    History is replete with the horrors that follow the allowance of righteousness.

  32. “bad-faith trolling” – Is there another kind?

  33. 1. Cancel culture is just culture. At one point women were canceled for showing their ankles, among other things. Obviously it’s finally a problem now that some white men are feeling slightly affected.

    2. Social media does change things because the opinions you vomit into the world can be permanent. We’ll have to adjust etiquette to deal with this.

    3. This is mostly a fixation of Republicans who have no real ideas about anything, so they’re trying to distract their stupid followers with yet another hysterical culture war freakout they pretty much made up out of thin air. Check back in December when it’s time for The War on Christmas, year 15.

    1. Did you read the article? The two people it’s about are both women.

      1. People get fired every day for no reason at all, and Reason just calls that good business practice. Tell me why I should care about this.

        1. they’re coming for Teen The Advocate next

          1. I’m sorry the market has decided on swift justice for the politically incorrect. Perhaps you would like to see my list of grievances with the market. Did you know you can miss out on a job altogether merely for having a name that sounds black?

            At least wokeness is imposed deliberately rather than subconsciously.

            1. “Did you know you can miss out on a job altogether merely for having a name that sounds black?”

              You’d like to prove that wouldn’t you? Get your name in Teen Vogue magazine…

            2. And I’m pretty hounding some teacher in Iowa because of a 10+ year old Halloween pic where she dressed as a black movie character has little to do with the “market” or “culture”. This now effects regular people.

              It takes a village to burn a witch. Generally, we frown on that type of hysterical bullying behavior because we don’t want to live in that sort of society.

              And what sort of cancelling have the right been any good at for decades? Satanic panic? I was a metal head/d&d dork in the late 80s. It had no effect on my life. Even the red scare black lists have how many victims compared to today’s “culture”?

              1. “And what sort of cancelling have the right been any good at for decades? Satanic panic?”

                They drove the Lizard King out of Florida (and ultimately out of the US). They went after John Lennon for being more popular than Jesus, and then again for saying peace was kinda nice. (They tried to deport him for that one).
                The Dixie Chicks got a tiny bit cancelled.
                As yet, they’ve not summoned enough strength to cancel Senator Warren.
                Hillary got a big ol’ cancel in 2016.

            3. “I’m sorry the market has decided on swift justice for the politically incorrect.”

              The MARKET did? Not just a small collection of pathetic shits who would be best dealt with using bullets instead of words?

              “Did you know you can miss out on a job altogether merely for having a name that sounds black?”

              Feel free to cite your examples.

              1. And when the Market decides to draw and quarter Cancel Culture, that’ll be excellent, eh?

              2. https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/minorities-who-whiten-job-resumes-get-more-interviews

                Yes, it was the market. I’m sorry culture is different from how you want it to be, but it is well into the 21st century by now surely, so perhaps the joy you get from racist jokes and such deserves to be considered passe.

                But yes, you can always murder everyone you disagree with. That is always an option for you.

  34. Last night I had a dream about the 25 year old daughter of my friend. She is a recent college graduate white girl that is certain white males are privileged and systemic racism is rampant. In the dream (actually a nightmare), she was savagely beaten, robbed and raped by her male “friends” she hangs out with in certain bad neighborhoods where she virtue signals her wokeness that her friends are just good people that are oppressed and mistreated by the cops.

    The nightmare was vivid in my desire to see the light-bulb go on… for her to admit that she had been so wrong… only to have her again blame white males and police for “causing” her “friends” to do that to her.

    Unfortunately, I expect this would be reality. The cult programming done to these kids is likely irreversible.

  35. Sorry to sound quaint, but whatever became of the virtues of grace and forgiveness? Everyone makes mistakes, especially when they’re young (don’t say you haven’t). A little class would be nice, but that is in short (zero) supply these days.

  36. It’s really pretty simple.
    We like to GET each other. We like to tattle cause tattling CANCELS. We liked it when it got our Big Sister grounded. We enjoy it that much more when we can get our boss fired! I mean who doesn’t really enjoy elevating ourselves at the expense of another (that much sweeter when we’re the ones who tripped them, pushed them beneath our eager stomping feet).

    You used to be here; now you’re there! Wake-up bud, you’ve been ‘Yertled!’

    And Yertle the Turtle, the king of the trees,
    The king of the air and the birds and the bees,
    The king of a house and a cow and a mule…
    Well, that was the end of the Turtle King’s rule!
    For Yertle, the King of all Sala-ma-Sond,
    Fell off his high throne and fell Plunk! in the pond!
    And tosay the great Yertle, that Marvelous he,
    Is King of the Mud. That is all he can see.

    And if we ourselves reap no immediate benefit, still, it’s so nice to see another fall. The pleasure of the witnessed Crash & Burn is severely underrated, especially when it is the Mighty themselves who tumble.

    And how easy it has become!
    Given the wonders of technology — we can now save and savor, in giggling anticipation the ‘sinful / wrongful / seriously UnWoke thing’ that everyone sooner or later does. The rude word, the lingering glance, the errant touch, the bad joke (or even the good one!), the angry note, the stupid picture, the wrong club… it doesn’t matter. If it ‘bleeds’ it leads, as they used to say. And equally now, if THIS (whatever it may be) would be something your Great & Super Woke Aunt Martha wouldn’t approve, you can bet that someone who doesn’t like you very much (“Who wouldn’t love Jerry!??”) is saving it for later use.

    We love to play “Gotcha”… especially when we play it with a moralistic glee. And since in this, the Wokest and most Morally Self-Righteous Time, there is not a single thing which is not tainted with some UnWoke sin (You thought Amos and Andy was actually funny! You thought Seinfeld’s sexism hilarious! You’ve looked at a Playboy and NOT been offended? You think Richard Levine is the ugliest pretend woman you’ve ever seen?), playing Gotcha is easy. You just have to have a little patience and a great on-line storage and retrieval system. Heck, Davitt archived McCammond’s UnWoke tweets for YEARS before she had a chance to Get’Er!

    And as Robespierre quickly learned; sooner or later everyone takes their turn beneath the cancelling axe. It’s just a matter of time.

  37. The narrative given here that Republicans are just as guilty of participate in cancel culture is ridiculous and laughable. Cancel culture rose out of the left and has flourished and grown over the past few years almost exclusively from the left side of the political aisle.
    It takes no more effort than looking at the growing number of left leaning journalists etc who have rebelled against this ever-growing attempt to crush opposing speech and free speech in general to understand this. I guess Mr. Soave doesn’t get the internet at Reason or he would know this obvious fact.

    And by the way, isn’t the Reason response to Cancel Culture “Hey, they’re private companies and they can do what they want. If you don’t like it just start your own social media. There’s no problem with 5 companies having total control over speech etc on the internet and basically the de-facto public square. It’s so obvious I can’t believe I have to explain this!”

    1. Republicans need to enter a denazification program. When Christian National Socialism lost in 1945, they wandered blank and open-mouthed before joining the Soviet socialists. Girl-bullying Trumpistas are doing the same, and are just as bewildered that their whining draws no sympathy from libertarians. All have my schadenfreude.

  38. “…they, too, have done and said things they regret.”
    Here’s the thing, what if you don’t regret them? I know some pretty hilarious racial jokes. So what?

  39. This is so simple.

    “I used to be young and stupid. Now I am older, and wiser. Wise enough to know that within a week, you will all have found someone else to be offended by.”

  40. “Good faith anti-racism” ? Seriously ? Kind of like square circles, unicorn farts and honest democrats.

  41. You’d need a heart of stone not to laugh

  42. And…JUST LIKE THAT…Intent has once again become important and is an acceptable reason for being given the benefit of the doubt when it’s convenient for progressives…..

  43. If Ku-Klux Georgia wants to violate the terms of the Reconstruction Acts its representatives crawled and snivelled to sign, all its girl-bullying, Beatles-burning, Dixiecrat politicos need do is pass and sign another Ordinance of Secession. The state is way overdue for another Sherman’s Necktie party and March to the Sea. The exercise’ll do them good.

  44. “This is utterly unsurprising. Attempted cancelation of the person involved in the initial cancel mob has become a recurring feature of these stories.”

    Yeah, all you have to do is remember how the French Revolution worked out for the ringleaders who decided to cancel poor Louis and Marie. Turned out that the guillotine was just as effective on their necks.
    All this fuss over social media. Who cares? and why do they care?

  45. Cancel culture is no more for marginalised groups than communism is for the worker. They’re both cheap power grabs, and any semblance they’re not is cosmetic and acausal, and exploited by opportunistic rhetoric

  46. The fact that Andrew Cuomo hasn’t been cancelled should tell you everything you need to know about so called cancel culture.

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