Cancel Culture has no authority or standing. It is an attempt to shame, ban, and cause financial ruin of an individual or organization or its products or services. The effort to cancel is targeted to changing public opinion in a negative way causing loss of revenue, reputation, and income. This “changing of opinion” is the substance that gives Cancel Culture no authority or standing, and should be ignored by the media (no air time) and all others unless those targeted bring law suits. Here is the rationale.
In America, all adults have freedom of thought and speech. No one speaks for another without consent or due process. A small group of people creating a Cancel Culture target has no voice. They do not speak for anyone who is aware of the potential target, even though they proclaim to speak in the best interests of all. Bottom line, adults speak for themselves.
Second point, the only others, for the Cancel Culture to speak for are minors. Minors are under the guidance of their parents or guardian. There is no standing for Cancel Culture to speak for any adult or child.
Here are some “Reasonable Person” observations:
The names of buildings, highways, facilities, or historical sites that Cancel Culture wants to target are irrelevant. If a tourist visits a park with statues not perceived as appropriate by the Cancel Culture, there is no reason to target. Most visitors will read the historical plagues, admire the art work, and the historical significance, or simply spend time in the park relaxing, not even paying attention to the statues. They will choose to ignore, be indifferent, admire or understand the historical significance. As adults, we make up our own mind.
As for highways, buildings, and facilities targeted by Cancel Culture are not an issue for anyone who uses them on a routine basis. The name has little or no effect on the users and certainly to do not warrant and focused group of individuals to tell others that the name makes a difference to the users.
The child who goes to school everyday in the same building, every commuter who uses the same highway, or any person who goes to the same facility, gives any thought to the name given. They use these because it their designated place of business, education, work, or most convenient route.
Agreement with any Cancel Culture group is most likely due to two (2) reasons:
1. It’s the “vogue” thing to do under the pretense of gaining popularity by feeling intimidated if you do not go along – a sort of group think because social media says so.
2. Social media hyping Cancel Culture as the right thing to do and we should all embrace it. It is entirely possible the “bot” perpetuates a subject going viral (all by electronic programming) and not by individuals who support. If this is a real possibility, then all the more reason to use your own judgement than trust any electronically generated polling data.
It is not the right or authority of Cancel Culture to change history or deprive it from those living today or in the future. History is already been completed and is known by the world. Denying access to Americans does not deny it to the world. You can’t put yesterday and yesteryear back in the bottle. You cannot un-ring the bell. What you can do is learn from it. History is a most blunt, gracious teacher. Society can learn so much from history – what works and what doesn’t. Who are a small group of persons to tell the world what to think.
As for organizations bowing to Cancel Culture Activism for fear of retribution, shameful! When sponsors withdraw their support for fear of being targeted by cancel culture activists, and thus impacting their business, there is no defense for American values. Intimidation becomes the norm. Intimidation and bullying are illegal actions. This is totally wrong.
When accepted literature and film has been part of the culture of society is canceled because the Cancel Culture activist say so, this is a bad practice. Parents determine what their children view. No one, child or parent, goes looking for radical subliminal messages in what they choose to watch or read. It is not the right of others to get between a child and its parent, nor is it the governments!
Think about this: (this is the MINORITY claiming to speak for the people - 330,000,000+ citizens)
There is a very small part of the population controlling what the masses hear & see
435 persons in the US House of Representatives
100 persons in the US Senate
100< in the Executive Branch
100< in the political Broadcast and Cable News Media
Think for yourself. If you are not sure, research, discuss and debate until you arrive at a choice you can live with.
It is possible that Cancel Culture activity could possibly be in violation of one or more of the following Laws: