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Cancel Culture Is Not Real: Stop Pretending That It Is

Examining the delusional myth known as "cancel culture"

By Clyde E. DawkinsPublished 9 months ago 4 min read

You know, I've been wanting to talk about this for months now. Months. Seriously, what happened to us? We used to be a society of responsibility. We, as people, are not perfect, but we try. At least, I'd like to think we try. And when we mess up, when we put our feet in our mouths, when we make an unconscionable mistake, we own up to it. We take responsibility. At least we used to. For at least the past two years now, we've been infected by the two most annoying words in the English language:

Cancel culture.



I am so sick and tired of this insane and delusional belief of "cancel culture." It's not real! It's about as real as a Stanley Cup in San Jose! For those who don't know, people who believe in "cancel culture" believe that the rightful punishment and shame that these people are receiving for committing and/or saying some of the most wretched, hateful, and hideous things--is somehow unfair. It's the ultimate victim complex. They know that they are dead wrong, but to them, the people in the right and the people who are rightfully calling them out for their nonsense are the bad guys. Seriously, it boggles my mind that people believe this; that they shouldn't be held accountable, and anyone who even tries to do so is the "lowest of the low."

Even worse is the effect this nonsense has from a racial standpoint. For one, a lot of the people that I hear are complaining about being "cancelled"? They've been exposed as either racist or anti-LGBT. They utter every horrendously bigoted statement under the sun, but I beg of you, do not call them out, because their feelings deserve to be spared. Give me a break. Sad part is that others get on that train and side with these despicable people, which brings me to another thing I've noticed. The people crying "cancel culture"? They pick and choose who to back in their delusion, and it definitely depends on color.

Case in point:

This is Gina Carano; an actress and MMA fighter who I first saw on the American Gladiators reboot in 2008. She's done quite a few films, most notably Fast & Furious 6 as the evil Riley Hicks, and she did recur on Disney+'s The Mandalorian...until she was fired for making anti-Semitic comments. Carano's also exposed as a transphobe as well, but despite all of this, there was a "Save Gina Carano" campaign as soon as she was fired. Disney was accused of "cancelling" Carano, and even to this very day, these same people say that Disney should apologize to her. Wow.

This, of course, is Nick Cannon, perhaps one of the hardest working men in show business right now. Done a whole bunch of movies, but currently, he has a talk show, he's the host of The Masked Singer, and he's still leading Wild N Out on VH1. Similar to Carano, Cannon said some anti-Semitic comments as well, and as a result, he lost everything except for Masked Singer, but got it back after he apologized for his comments. Prior to Cannon's apology, you would think that there was a rally of support for Cannon, right? If you thought yes, I'm so sorry, but you're wrong. Despite the fact that both Carano and Cannon were justifiably punished for the same thing: only Carano was considered "cancelled" while those same people felt Cannon got what he deserved. And remember: Cannon apologized long ago. Carano still hasn't. Yet in their biased minds, Disney was "so wrong" to fire Carano.

The racial double standard is one of many things proving the absolute non-existence of "cancel culture," because you cannot say one person should be punished yet a second one shouldn't even though they did the exact same thing. "Cancel culture" is nothing more than an excuse; a crutch to avoid admitting any wrongdoing. It's a way for these immoral people to act like they're the victims of something when, in reality, they're clearly not. So what finally pushed me to write about this? Here it is:

This, in case you've been severely out of the loop in the past few days, is Matt Araiza. Until a few days ago, Matt Araiza was the punter for the Buffalo Bills, but that came to an end when it came out that he sexually assaulted a woman back in his college days. It was Araiza and two others who assaulted a 17-year-old girl, and once it came to light, the Bills (who were revealed to have possibly known about this before they signed him) cut him. Araiza hasn't said anything as of yet, but his parents sure have, and they're throwing out that annoying "c" word, claiming that they're being cancelled. They are not being cancelled. They are being shamed and embarrassed (and rightfully so) because their son, and I'm just going to be blunt, is a rapist (technically a statutory rapist because the victim's underage). He is being held accountable. That's what it is. Neither he nor his parents are being cancelled.

In closing, I will say again: cancel culture is not a thing. Nobody gets "cancelled." It's an excuse. Stop pretending that being "cancelled" is a thing. We'll be much better as humans once that occurs.


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Clyde E. Dawkins

I am an avid fan of sports and wrestling, and I've been a fan of female villains since the age of eight. Also into film and TV, especially Simpsons and Family Guy.

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  • Amy Hall8 months ago

    I'm already subscribed! I hearted. I'm glad you finally wrote this piece. It would be a long process but agreed. We'll written. Thought provoking. I wonder if there's a way you can get these thoughts on what society would look like if we did ;)

  • Sherlin Tangredi9 months ago

    Well written

  • J. S. Wade9 months ago

    Thought provoking article. I agree with some of your piece, particularly the endemic racial bias aspect. I disagree that cancel culture isn’t real as it’s been weaponized by the far left and far right if someone disagrees with them.

  • Brent Tharp9 months ago

    I once had a pet cat named Stormy. He was an awesome cat.

  • Heather Lunsford9 months ago

    Very thought provoking. I'm just a tiny bit older than you and I think this is just one of the ways that our lives being so focused online has made changes that aren't always positive. We overvalue online likes and clicks and undervalue being a decent human being in our daily life in the real world.

  • John P. Creekmore9 months ago

    Agreed. Well done.

  • Caroline Jane9 months ago

    Bravo Clyde. Outstanding. I am forever saying that cancel culture doesn't exist. You explained it all beautifully.

  • Brian9 months ago

    Cancel Culture only ever existed for the right wing. If a celeb makes a bigoted statement or action I’m not gonna support them, that’s not cancel culture, they just don’t deserve my respect any more, plain and simple.

  • Congratulations on your deserved Top Story

  • DragonFly9 months ago

    Bravo 👏

  • Stephanie Rosas9 months ago

    Hmm interesting, love a piece that challenges what I thought. Definitely has changed my mind. Well written!

  • Excellent peace. Very professionally written. I 100% agree with everything you have said. Those that are out there screaming 'cancel culture' are the same people that are shouting people shouldn't be so sensitive. That is so wrong. Why say things about people that you know will potentially hurt somebody. Do we as a society not have the intelligence and the decency to speak with compassion and understanding? Have we turned into this hateful society that doesn't care about anybody other than our own selves? Public figures should be called out for any hateful or hurtful remarks that they should publicly make. I know that any job that I have ever had, and my jobs were not that of a public figure, if I were to make any say anti-semitic comments or anti-lgbtq+ comments I would be fired. No two ways about it. But, I'm not going to make such comments because I am a person of compassion and intelligence. Why should people with money and power be treated any different?

  • Cathy holmes9 months ago

    Well written. I don't think it's quite as straightforward for me, depends on the situation. I haven't paid much attention to the Araiza thing, for example but I don't agree with his parents being "cancelled" for something he did. Unless, of course, they are suggesting he shouldn't be punished.

  • Lisa A Lachapelle9 months ago

    Excellent perspective and a good way to in effect cancel the wrongness of it. A counter cancel. Cool.

  • Jason Ray Morton9 months ago

    Well written but I disagree. Carano had a huge out pour of support from Star Wars fans and people that feel Disney has landed to far left. I’ve heard of Nick Cannon but until you pointed out what he’s doing had no idea why he matters. Literally could’ve been a guy down the street. Star Wars has hundreds of Millions of passionate fans. Maybe Billions. That’s the difference, not race. When racists fans lashed out at the actress playing 3rd sister, she got tons of support from true Star Wars fans. Cancel culture refers to the practice of ridding our influences of the wrong types. For months DC execs at Warner Bros have faced what to do about the flash. Many are against them airing the movie because others who have done less have lost out on roles. Johnny Depp was replaced in Pirates because of Amber Heards fictitious claims as well as any that are real. Call it what you will, but as businesses and politics meet, these practices are what cancel culture is about. Censoring beliefs and not allowing us, the people, to decide who to support and who not to support, firing people for religious views and societal views that might make this group or that group uncomfortable, it’s all an example of cancel culture.

  • Excellent work on a subject that is so part of the right-wing in the UK and USA Clyde , it's always the bullies who are claiming to be victimised because the cannot get their way to oppress others because of the their colour , gender or sexuality

  • Babs Iverson9 months ago

    Loving this!!! Calling out Cancel Culture for what it is, a convenient excuse and crutch. Outstanding piece!!!💖😊💕

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