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Has Cancel Culture Gone Too Far?

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When a society begins to sanitize and neutralize anything anywhere that may be offensive to someone somewhere, it is bound to cause controversy. This is the case with "Cancel Culture", which is an issue that originated on the far left in the USA. While both political parties in America have their extremists, the cancel culture movement is growing and being supported by the big social media platforms in trying to correct wrongs of the past.

At first, it started with many statutes that represented to some people offensive stands about race or about being a slave owner at one time. It then spread to renaming high schools and other public venues if the named place was a person who was a racist, or simply did not represent the views of people today. It continued to sport team names who has used for years, Indian tribe names, such as the Washington Redskins (which is now Indians), or college football teams like the SSU Cossacks (which changed Sea Wolves). In many cases, there was nothing wrong the name for decades, or the statutes, for that matter. Then, suddenly, in the past year, it was unacceptable. There was nothing derogatory with the name Redskins, Apaches, Cherokee, all simply Indian related names.

Now, they are banning certain Dr. Seuss books for sale on Ebay because it some people's eyes, these children books that have been around over 50 years in various editions, are said to have derogatory language or insinuations about various types of people in society. Many movies are based on these books, are they going to ban them also?

What is happening is that the far left is wanting to "cleanse" anything that may be offensive them and since this is their agenda, they want to impose this on all of society. This is similar in nature to what the Nazis did in the 1930's except they were burning all books that did not support the political party point of view. It was an effort to control the minds and thoughts of people in Germany. Back then, the radio was mostly propaganda spewing out the disinformation about Jews etc.

Today, cancel culture is more dangerous because big business can also weigh in and decide what they will allow to be sold (like Ebay) and banning many Dr. Seuss books is just the beginning. Trying to erase the past is bad because it robs you of the ability to look back and correct any wrongdoing. It spins a narrative that is not balanced and fair, much like propaganda to persuade you that those in control are right and your opinion or voice is not allowed. It creates a false world view that all things are non-offensive and all things are created equal, which simply not the case in the real world.

Cancel culture should itself be canceled. It is going too far.


perrya (author) on March 06, 2021:

For sure, but when one political wing of a party pushes their agenda onto the rest of us and large corporations promote it, freedom of speech and thought are controlled like with cancel culture. When books written 50 years ago are suddenly banned or not available because of how some may interpret them it is a sign of Big Brother trying to control the general public. For instance, George Washington was a slave owner and America's first president who fought against British oppression. Now, cancel culture wants everyone to believe that he was bad for being a slave owner and that is the spin they speak, ignoring all the good he did.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on March 05, 2021:

I think it's good to cancel stuff on social media if they are telling lies represented as facts. Also, if they speak in inflammatory ways that fire up people to do things like storm the Capitol.

Before social media, there was just print media, television, radio. These types of media were trained from the start to be factual. If there was something published that was malicious and untrue, the offended party could file a legal case against them. Social media is so new now that the same restrictions haven't been made in their case. In due time, I hope that standards will be in place so that social media will have the same responsibility to be truthful as the standard medium has. It has been said, we are all entitled to our opinions, but we aren't entitled to our own facts.

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