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Cancel Culture Goes Down Rabbit Hole of Absurdity

cultureThe woke and cancel culture is plumbing new depths of absurdity and injustice every week.

By my casual count the New York Times, for years the most prestigious and constant media defender of liberal American values, has conducted four professional lynchings in its own ranks.

Donald McNeil, Andrew Mills, James Bennet, and Allison Roman were all forced out by a vote of a number of their fellow workers because of what can only be described as exceedingly minor transgressions of even the most pettifogging and intolerant guidelines against political incorrectness.

In McNeil’s case, his offense was committed while conducting a group of students on a tour in Peru. He was asked if someone had in his judgment committed a professional offense in referring illustratively to an African-American person as a Negro, or variant of Negro, (as I am doing here).

He responded by asking if the individual in question had himself employed the word derisively or was merely citing it as inappropriate usage by somebody else. For this, he was eventually forced out of the New York Times after a petition of 100 of his fellow editorial department members judged his remarks unacceptable by current standards of sensitivity. The other cases, as far as I can discern, were no more fundamentally offensive than McNeil’s.

J.K. Rowling

The eminently successful British novelist J.K. Rowling has been engaged in a lengthy controversy over her references to transgender people. She has been accused of being a TERF (Transgender-Exclusionist Radical Feminist) after a number of incidents, most recently a tweet taking issue with a reference to women as “people who menstruate.”

She has on every occasion been entirely supportive of and empathetic towards transgender people in both directions, but has expressed the view that since apparent men can be so described if they have come to the determination to effect a surgical sex change but have not carried it out, permitting them unlimited access to female public lavatories would be effectively opening them to all men, with resulting increases in sexual assault cases against women.

Agile wordsmith and imaginative writer as she is, Ms. Rowling seems to enjoy tweaking the sensitivities of the most militant and easily agitated guardians of the dignity of the trans community. She often causes them to come snorting out of the undergrowth vehemently accusing her of being a shameless TERF.

Someone as wealthy and successful as Ms. Rowling, and whose comments are as inoffensive to all but the most extreme bigots on the subject, can bear the storms well, and she seems at times almost to enjoy them and retains the support of most of her huge readership.

Jordan Peterson

It is more difficult for someone like my esteemed friend Jordan Peterson, the distinguished professor at the University of Toronto who has attracted much support but aroused great controversy by rejecting the demands of those who claim to be neither male nor female to require people to address them in a special vocabulary.

He also generally objects to the concept of white privilege and the onslaught upon the moral defensibility of being a straight white male.

Of course, the overwhelming majority of people in every civilized country, including non-white countries, would agree with him, but that has not excused Professor Peterson from being compared even by human rights monitors at a Canadian university to Hitler, and being threatened with inquiries by human rights tribunals vested with an unjustified authority to take destructive measures even against the careers of such meticulously logical and immensely civilized people as Jordan Peterson.

In addition to intense professional pressure, Professor Peterson has had serious medical problems in his family and has himself had recourse to prescribed drug use that substantially immobilized him for some time.

While his many admirers and supporters have naturally rallied to him, it has been impossible not to notice the disgusting malice of some of the militant woke cancel-crusaders. Though the cultural and psychological positions taken by Jordan Peterson are not exactly in the same field as contemporary woke American politics, the inhumanity of his opponents does make an interesting contrast with the demands for sympathy of some of the more belligerent contemporary American leftists.

I must have been among tens of millions of people who watched and listened with astonishment as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez described her cold terror at the invasion and vandalization of the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, although she was an entire block away in an office building that was not the subject of trespass, because the Capitol police exhibited curiosity to find her. She found this process—the police making sure she was safeterrifying and expected mass sympathy for her apparently fortunate and serene non-involvement with that outrageous, but to her, physically distant incident.

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, another radical leftist who is never shy about soft peddling the violence of her groupthink-mates or pandering to anti-Semitism, gave the House of Representatives such an emotional rendition of her own nervosity on Jan. 6, although she was in no danger either, that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez felt she had to approach the podium and stroke and comfort her as she babbled almost hysterically.

Nonsense

It is obvious that the overwhelming majority of Americans, and doubtless of people in other civilized countries, think that it is time to roll this nonsense back: there are only two sexes, and all adults should decide their own sexuality without coercion, and unless they are sociopathic, they should receive the respect of the entire society in which they live.

There were ample reasons to support President Trump and those who have done so—approximately 48 percent of the country—should not be subjected to any threat of deprogramming or reorientation or reeducation.

Those who adapt totalitarian-speak and techniques to pervert American democracy must be disabused of such behavior, at the legitimately verified ballot box, the only acceptable means of political decision-making, and not by mob rule whether in “peaceful protests” led by arsonists and looters or by hordes of academic, journalistic, or entertainment shamers and black-listers.

Here is one point where President Biden has at least in general terms been clear and emphatic. That has not prevented him from gratuitous and inaccurate reflections upon his predecessor, but he has been a proponent in general of civility; it is his supporters and not Trump’s who are failing the civility test now.

Conrad Black has been one of Canada’s most prominent financiers for 40 years, and was one of the leading newspaper publishers in the world. He’s the author of authoritative biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, and, most recently, “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other,” which has been republished in updated form.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Reprinted with Permission from - Epoch Times by - Conrad Black

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Misty
14 days ago

This is madness. JK Rowling deserved to be “canceled” because she taught children witchcraft — not because she is “transphobic”!

cfgotter
16 days ago

So folks like these can’t understand ‘trangender’. Maybe just call them queer! That says it all.

Theresa Coughlin
16 days ago

Let’s be honest and call cancel culture what is it: liberal fascism on steroids. I ignore this stuff regularly because it’s idiotic. I haven’t read the New York Times in years because of their idiotically biased “news”. Nobody else will either if they keep it up,

johnh
16 days ago

The people that came up with “Woke & Cancel” culture is a total waste of words in my opinion. Why would woke mean anything to me now or in 20-years???

jennifer132
15 days ago
Reply to  johnh

You will be familiar with the terms because you are living now, you will know what they mean.

John Knox
16 days ago

How do such people deserve to “receive respect” just for exhibiting aberrant behavior? Respect is earned not given as a reward.

Dean
16 days ago

It feels like these leftists are in a contest to show others how “woke” and “tolerant” they are. But all they’re really doing is showing what idiots they are. This article is a prime example. It does not matter if someone is trying to offend, it only matters that someone else takes offense.

Surfer76
17 days ago

Does anyone get the feeling that George Orwell and Aldous Huxley passed by?

John Karkalis
19 days ago

Well, it appears I will have to consign my beloved “Harry Potter” books to the flames.
Clearly J.K. Rowling’s lack of “political correctness” must be punished.
All isn’t lost, however, since I have been reliably informed that a “Middlesex ” endures in Britain.

Lee Fisher
15 days ago
Reply to  John Karkalis

If you burn those books, you are an idiot. Think about all the stuff you have said that might have offend someone else. None of us are perfect. I sure am not perfect, but I do try for perfection.

jennifer132
15 days ago
Reply to  John Karkalis

Sarcasm, right?

Misty
14 days ago
Reply to  John Karkalis

Harry Potter is a books about how witches are good and the people who want order are bad. If you didn’t burn them already you are a little late

John D. Beach
19 days ago

Knowing of no official reference books or laws which establish, either, a vocabulary to be used, or behaviors which are proscribed due to the sensibilities and sensitivities of liberal diversity, I make no pretense of, even, an attempt to placate or pander to them. Collective tradition will have to serve the purposes of communication which, until very recently, achieved those purposes through discipline to conformity which was grounded in reasons which were proven by experience to be effective for societal and social benefit. The pandemic has proved that it is the commixing of persons with acquired incompatibility factors which is the cause of systematic problems requiring their strict differentiation and segregation for purposes of constructive quality of life. The left should remember that they are the ones who established the choice to be morally and ethically wrong as a legal choice. Therefore, the concept of choice, individual, personal choice, particularly, the choice to disagree or to refuse to be a part of a collective whole, must be respected. The choice to home-school, for example, as contrasted with the choice to educate in a public school, the choice to avoid the controversial issues which are the subjects of constant debate or litigation, the choice to make choice as supreme as the left would like to have it must be equally recognized in legitimacy for all parties to disputes over it. After all, there is nothing, including experience, which establishes any criteria for the validity of immoral or unethical choices on the part of left-wing liberals as traditionally defined by religion from which the concepts of morality and ethics are derived. It is the lack of cause-and-effect logic which spells the doom of cancel-culture.

Garye
20 days ago

Obviously these useless democrats are filled with hate and un- controllable rage for anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their self serving and exploitive nonsense.
So tell me what clear thinking rational human being behaves in this manner??
Petchulant, spoiled un-educated,intolerant people like these are EXACTLY what America does NOT need in its government!
Anyone who voted for them are the ones who the cancel culture should expose and hold accountable.
Absolutely ludicrous and ridiculous.

Garyr
20 days ago

Time to begin working toward removing ALL anti American socialist democrats with their 50 year failed policies.
2022 take hack the house, the senate and rid every state of the dictator governors who violated people’s freedom!!
Let’s go America take back Our Government and Our Country!

alyce j. cornell
19 days ago
Reply to  Garyr

Absolutely–let’s do it–I am ready–NOW !!

Victoria Johnson
15 days ago
Reply to  Garyr

Don’t know how you’re going to “take back” anything after they pass H R 1 and S 1 which solidifies into law ALL the Dem vote cheating techniques nationwide that they have used in states like Calif., Ore., and Wash. for many years. The bills are already written (read them!) and they were just waiting to get past “impeachment” to bring them up for a vote. They will lock in fake, deceased, illegal, and multiple voters in perpetuity.

JEFFREY C JONES
20 days ago

SAVE THE U.S.A….SEND ALL DEMONRATS, LIBTURDS AND ALL OTHER GROUPS THAT HATE AMERICA TO DEATH ROW FOR TREASON!

Danny Estridge
20 days ago

This really doesn’t involve me, as long as you don’t try and pick me up, I’m cool. I care less about your color or “sexual orenitation”(and yes, still can’t spell). What matters to me is what’s between your ears (your brain). Everything else doesn’t matter, that’s either your issue or somebody else’s issues. The sooner we all grow up and realize this is a F—ed up world we live in and the sooner everybody realizes everybody is different. The people that “hit” on me respected me and didn’t push the issue (you wouldn’t really like me if you pushed me in a direction I don’t want to go), therefore those people deserve the same amount of respect they gave me.
All this other stuff is just BS to justify somebody’s BS that has no clue, just out for their 15 minutes of fame. It’s really kind of sad. Let people be people and all will be cool.

MOCountry
19 days ago
Reply to  Danny Estridge

Most conservative people I know would just roll their eyes & shake their head at most of the stupid stuff going on, and then just go on down the road of minding their own business. HOWEVER, what gets most sane, common sense people upset is the fact that the dimocrats want to FORCE us to accept all the absurdity and FORCE us to say “yeah, it makes sense and we like it”. BS!! So don’t say it doesn’t involve you, because the dims will make sure it involves you if they “perceive” you are not okay with all of the insanity! As a person of science by education and occupation, I can’t believe anyone has much between their ears if they are convinced there are many different “sexes”!

herblady
19 days ago
Reply to  Danny Estridge

This involve every American Citizen. That’s why it has such a strong hold, they’ve been allowed to little by little take over while many Citizens Sleep.

Rick
20 days ago

Woke, cancel culture it’s all horse dung to me. There are only two sexes, of course there are
wanabes and cross dressers. I think the best policy is don’t ask and don’t tell.

Dave
20 days ago
Reply to  Rick

“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” One of the few things that Bill Clinton got right.

herblady
19 days ago
Reply to  Dave

No, this should be fought against

Bob Al
20 days ago

Honestly, I waiting for them to begin stumbling all over themselves. Just like the lady tell not to touch our face as she licked her fingers and turned the pages of her notes.
When all is said and done; nature will take its course. I saw a guy trying to go into the women’s restroom and a group of four women told him no way buddy and push him into the men’s room. I’ve never seen a female try to use the men’s room. Actually at home we only have two bathrooms, both multi-sex use or you just have to go and pee in the back yard….????

Carol Jean
20 days ago
Reply to  Bob Al

I have been wondering how the MEN would react if several women went into the men’s room together, stated that they felt masculine today… then had to stand , and look around while waiting for each of the WOMEN to use the only stall with a door.
I really don’t want to be one of those women because every (unisex) public restroom I have been in (mainly at gas stations) stink.

Danny Estridge
20 days ago
Reply to  Bob Al

You must be from New Mexico, that’s all we do (pissing in the back yard). That and a nice fire and a couple of brews makes it all worth wild. Out here guys don’t care. And girls are different and do their own thing their way. Everybody else does their own thing and nobody bitches about it.

Mare
16 days ago
Reply to  Bob Al

I’ve gone into a men’s room. Who wants to wait in line for 30 mins to pee. Ya miss half of the concert, game or fair.

John A. Fallon
20 days ago

One point I forgot to add, TRUMP RECEIVED 75,000,000 VOTES, THERE ARE 130,000,000 REGISTERED VOTERS, THAT LEAVES 55,000,000 VOTES, WHERE DID THE EXTRA 25,000,000 VOTES COME FROM?? SEVERAL MILLION WERE STOLEN FROM TRUMP, WHO PROBABLY HAD CLOSER TO 100,000,000 VOTES. “WE THE PEOPLE DESERVE THE TRUTH!!!

Bill
20 days ago
Reply to  John A. Fallon

So right. By saying Trump got 48% of the vote is acknowledging the fraudulent election. Take away the fraud and it was 60% Trump!

Barb
20 days ago
Reply to  John A. Fallon

Yes, correct! This should be printed every where….this statement from Mr. John Fallon should be plastered on billboards across the country!

herblady
19 days ago
Reply to  John A. Fallon

Trump got 79 million votes, see pillow guys material. The answer they stole the votes from Trump. They recounted multiple illegal ballots, and recounted many over and over, that was said at public hearings by the witnesses, read from their Affidavits.

Really?
16 days ago
Reply to  John A. Fallon

Illiegals and image kids voted. Oh wait, I heard there was an exodus from the cemetery to the polls.
Not to mention the flipped votes, thank you China, Italy or whoever is responsible for that!
But wait, the woke leaders in DC got Big Tech helping and they censor all truth! Meanwhile Big Pharm is experimenting on us with mRNA vaccines.

Lord have mercy!

Really?
16 days ago
Reply to  John A. Fallon

Should say illegals and under age kids.

DebS
20 days ago

Where are the “Archie Bunkers” of the world??? Remember the tv show “All in the Family”, Archie spoke his mind and if you didn’t like it…TOO BAD!!! I’m sick of the gender words, life is hard enough being who you are without being someone else! God made me a woman and I’m happy about that, wouldn’t want it any other way!

Nick
20 days ago
Reply to  DebS

So you wouldn’t want to be forced to behave as a gender you didn’t feel was right for you.

That’s how trans folks feel.

Judy
20 days ago
Reply to  Nick

Nick, when the Sleezbag Left go after our babies to tell them, no, to TEACH them that if they want to THINK they’re a girl if they’re a boy and vice versa, ‘THAT’ is forcing their twisted thinking on our babies! So much of this crap has been TAUGHT in the schools over the years that our kids are growing up thinking this rediculous stupid behavior is ok. IT’S NOT!!

LauraC
20 days ago
Reply to  Nick

I’m afraid you’ve been brainwashed, Nick, by the prevailing political correctness. If a child comes to a parent and says, “Mommy, I really want to be a birdie and fly around in the sky” does mommy run out and have feathers attached to his arms? No, because any thinking parent knows he/she is a child and they have very immature view of the world. Yet, all of a sudden, we’re supposed to have complete surety that a child knows the difference between being a boy and a girl…or a bird and a boy, or a girl and a giraffe. It’s just stupid and you don’t HAVE to buy into it. In fact, buying into it, as an adult, would make you delusional. It really IS that simple. Wishing you are a bird doesn’t make you a bird. Wishing you are a boy when you are a girl, doesn’t make you one or visa versa. It really is that simple.

Gunny Joe
19 days ago
Reply to  LauraC

Kind of like as a child (very young one), I tried to use my left hand, instead of my right. Long story short, all the adults in the room corrected that, (I’m some what ambidextrous now), would have been the same if I had tried to be a girl, all and I mean all the adults in the room would have corrected that!

John A. Fallon
20 days ago

This whole mess is nothing more than a socialist plot to keep “the airwaves” clear of ANY TRUTH and cause harm to anyone who dares to challenge thier HATE! because that is what drives these lunatics, they live in terror of being found out to actually be a VERY SMALL part of the total population, unfortunately they control the “airwaves” so the vast majority does not realize they have the numbers on thier side, the only way the HATERS can win is by CHEATING, they have used thier corrupt voting machines for decades to steal local and state elections, they have now moved up to the federal level and if “WE THE PEOPLE” DO NOT PUT A STOP TO THIS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, WE WIL DESERVE ALL THAT WILL RESULT FROM ALLOWING THESE CRIMINAL TO GET AWAY WITH THIER CRIMES.

Vicki
16 days ago
Reply to  John A. Fallon

In total agreement and have been seeing this for decades but all we do is talk amongst ourselves and bitch together
The question is HOW do we organize and get the backing needed to pursue meaningful pushback and take back???

Stephen Russell
20 days ago

Cancel the Cancel culture alone refocus on them
ID Cancel Culture sources

Barb R
20 days ago

It is time the United States (and maybe the World) retreated to a more normal time in our lives when words were taken with a large dose of common sense. In my opinion, we have gone way, way overboard in worrying about offending everyone with what we say. In fact to the point where I am offended. I grant you some of what has said in the past was offensive and should be stopped, but let’s draw a line of common sense in the sand and not become ridiculous in chastising everyone who opens their mouth.

PaulE
20 days ago
Reply to  Barb R

The problem with relying on common sense is that sadly most people either don’t have any or their standards for what constitutes common sense is not what you or I would consider common sense. Talk to your typical 20 year old and then a 40 year old followed by 70 year old and you’ll quickly see that what each considers common sense doesn’t correspond to the others.

Judy
20 days ago
Reply to  PaulE

True, what has been taught in government run schools for years has not been common sense. Kids growing up having kids…and the circus continues.

Gunny Joe
19 days ago
Reply to  Barb R

Very wise lady (my Mother), before her passing said on many occasions, “life is too easy today, these folks need to learn to work for their food, home, and all that they have.” As a child that grew up during the depression, I think she knew what she was talking about. I know that life was good as we grew most of what we ate, think Dad was making about $0.45 an hour then and Mom was not working, best part of my growing up!

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