The video above always reminds me of the ‘WOKE” CROWD. It is amusing when I read an article and the writer is worried about being “cancelled.”
The biggest fish they have cancelled is Putin. That is an absolute riot.
The idea of Russia being “canceled” is easy to laugh at, and plenty of people did. It sounds like the fever dream of a broken pitchbot: Why Vladimir Putin Is Cancel Culture’s Greatest Victim. And yes, the collision of the culture wars and an actual war has led to some spectacular takes, using a deadly invasion to own the libs.
But the idea of Putin’s “cancellation” shouldn’t be consigned to the slop bucket of public discourse, along with the other arguments caused by bored, anxious onlookers milling about online. After all, the reason people have voiced concerns over hair-trigger shamings and sackings is precisely because those actions are so powerful. Cancellation works.
President Vladimir Putin on Friday said the West was trying to cancel Russian culture, including the works of great composers such as Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Dmitry Shostakovich and Sergei Rachmaninov.
It is easy for the Democrats to cancel any thing since they don’t have enough sense to appreciate art or music – they are into RAP MUSIC. Have you noticed we don’t have great musicians as we have had in the past unless it is RAP?
The thing that amazes me is that people really take this WOKE/ CANCELLATION seriously. Where did this come from – THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. It is no different than President Trump’s Hillary/Democrat/Russia hoax. Look what the Democrats did to our own country – four year’s worth of lies and fabrication. Everything the Dem’s pull out of their bag of tricks is a hoax. It is just a way for them to hurt anyone that doesn’t toe their mark.
If it is so easy to cancel a person – why don’t we cancel Biden and the whole Democratic Party?
No one can do anything to you unless you allow it. Just ignore them.
Putin Is Getting CANCELLED!
Why are commentators using the same term for sanctions against Russia that they use when discussing Louis C.K.?
By Jack Holmes
Mar 2, 2022
russian president vladimir putin attends a meeting with the head of russia’s union of industrialists and entrepreneurs, a big business lobby group, at the kremlin in moscow on march 2, 2022 photo by mikhail klimentyev sputnik afp photo by mikhail klimentyevsputnikafp via getty imagesMIKHAIL KLIMENTYEVGETTY
Vladimir Putin has united much of the world in opposition to his barbarism in Ukraine, and he has also united a Fox News talking head and a Washington Post columnist in a particular assessment of the situation: the Russian dictator and the state he controls are getting “cancelled.” “We are witnessing the first geopolitical ‘cancellation’ of the 21st century,” said the WaPo’s Jason Willick. Monica Crowley, once of the Trump Treasury Department, offered that “Russia is being cancelled” and cited the sweeping international sanctions levied against its economy, its ejection from international sporting competition, and…the Ukrainian military resistance?
To be fair, both seem to think the cancellation is justified. Willick called it “righteous.” But it remains hilarious, if concerning, to watch people attempt to cram a land war in Europe into the tiny box of a worldview that seems to be entirely defined by culture wars here at home. Sometimes, the tired maxims of America’s ritualized political combat are not suited to the moment, particularly when the moment is dominated by an international crisis. Putin and his oligarchy are being punished and isolated in perhaps an unprecedented way. At the very least, we’ve never organized such a crushing sanctions regime against an economy of Russia’s size. But maybe this requires a different term than the one we use for Louis C.K.
This is all enlightening, though, because the admission here is that there are scenarios in which people are justifiably cancelled. The handwringing about Cancel Culture usually revolves around cases that are unjustified, and they certainly exist, though it’s worth interrogating whether the worst outcomes are primarily the fault of the Woke Mob or corporate H.R. departments that overreact to an incident of public shaming. A Georgetown Law professor made a fool of himself regarding Biden’s Supreme Court pick, but that doesn’t mean he should lose his job. Jennifer Jacquet, a professor at New York University and the author of Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool, sees shame as necessary and useful. The problem is not that members of the public will organize to engage in public opprobrium against someone they think has done something unacceptable according to the norms of our society. It’s that, when these pitchfork brigades roll into town—sometimes with excessive force, or targeting someone based on a misreading of what they said—the target’s employer folds too easily and destroys their livelihoods. Public shaming is inevitable in a free society, it’s about how institutions respond in these moments.
And as Jacquet told me for an article in January 2018—and as has become fairly obvious to everyone in the time since—shame is in precipitous decline as a social force. Shamelessness is now a superpower. Our siloed media ecosystems and political tribalism have blunted shame considerably. A sitting member of Congress addressed a conference organized by a white nationalist last weekend and was welcomed to speak at a mainstream event alongside all the most prominent figures of the Republican Party the next day. Will she face any real repercussions within the congressional caucus, beyond a passing rebuke from the House Minority Leader? Seems like a problem for the ball club, particularly when you’ve got players in the farm system venturing even father into the abyss. The decline of public opprobrium, a nonviolent way to sanction people for antisocial behavior, is dangerous in a democratic context. It allows people to get away with ghastly shit, and leaves those who oppose them with few options in response.
The Death of Shame, or the Rise of Shamelessness?
When You’ve Lost Switzerland and FIFA….
So maybe it’s time to be clear that all of us have a line that we draw, and on the other side is behavior we consider completely unacceptable in today’s society. We are fighting over where to draw it. Milo Yiannopoulos, a right-wing star of yesteryear, has seen his career destroyed after video emerged of him offering his particular thoughts on pedophilia. This seems entirely appropriate.
There are cases where Cancellation is justified, and cases where it is not. We ought to evaluate them individually, along with the responses from powerful institutions that can determine the fate of those involved. And we probably ought to use a different term when we attempt to punish a dictator for war crimes. Let’s pull our gaze away from our own navels for a minute, shall we?
A better idea is – If people commit a wrong and it is severe – then I think we should have a Hall Of Shame, instead – and the person should have a plaque with his name, and all of his next of kin listed.