Heading into the next decade, I hope that society stops canceling people over words, and a movement that celebrates intellectual diversity grows.
Cancel culture can affect anyone, and here are two of its victims.
Professor Bret Weinstein was forced out of his job due to an email where he argued that it’s wrong to tell students not to show up to school for a day, due to their race—he was accused of being a racist. Comedian Shane Gillis lost his opportunity to go on SNL over jokes he made on a podcast months before he was hired.
The political correctness that drives this movement hides behind a facade that claims it’s canceling people in the name of kindness and inclusivity. Instead, this movement is relentlessly unforgiving; it places targets on the back of people’s heads in the hopes of ending their career—it doesn’t matter how much the target apologizes—they should pay for their mistake.
When Dave Chappelle’s special Sticks and Stones hit Netflix in September of last year, there were desperate calls to cancel him due to some offensive jokes he made. This wasn’t the first time that people tried to cancel Chappelle and it won’t be the last, because his comedy pushes boundaries.
I want to live in an inclusive society that respects everyone, but canceling people doesn’t work, instead, comedians like Chappelle are going to push the envelope more.
Don’t believe me? Then ask Ricky Gervais what he thinks about crossing lines.
One positive result from cancel culture is the current re-shaping of our politics, and it’s happening right before our eyes. The Intellectual Dark Web (IDW) is a growing political movement that features people from different political ideologies respectfully discussing ideas. To the IDW, it doesn’t matter where a person comes from, if they are willing to discuss big ideas, they’re welcomed.
The New York Times did a piece on this movement because their discussions are receiving millions of views on YouTube, despite not being mainstream.
IDW members includes comedian Joe Rogan, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, liberal commentator and famous atheist author Sam Harris, philosopher Jordan Peterson, mathematician, Eric Weinstein, and his professor brother Bret Weinstein (the canceled professor), and YouTube interviewer Dave Rubin.
In all lets enter 2020 with an open mind. Let’s have a dialogue with people we disagree with. Let’s choose to listen to different ideas. Let’s choose to forgive others. Let’s find a way to be better in every way.