Uno Reverse Card

“No one’s allowed to speak their mind right now,.  No one’s allowed to say what they really think about things for fear of being cancelled, cancel culture. In cancel culture, disturbing the peace is probably an act of treason.”  ~Madonna (source

First off, nobody is “cancelling” Madonna.  We are ignoring her.  Young and naked generates interest; old and naked, not so much.  She’s had forty years to come up with a new schtick, and the fact that she hasn’t is on her, not us.

Second, there’s really no such thing as “cancel culture.”  The entertainers who have said offensive things have been been put on the front pages, handed bigger megaphones.  Controversy generates clicks, and comedians and pundits aren’t shy (or subtle) about using that to their own advantage.

And lastly, they’re trying to create a false dichotomy.  Some issues don’t have two sides of equal value.  Shall we have a debate about whether it’s okay to lynch Black people?  Have a reasoned discussion about whether gays have a right to exist?  A calm, friendly chat about whether the Nazis should be in charge?

Sometimes they try to throw the Uno Reverse Card at you:  “You don’t tolerate my intolerance, therefore you yourself are intolerant!  Ha-ha!  Gotcha!” but that isn’t a point, it’s a punchline.

If you’re a racist, you’re a bad person.  If you’re a homophobe, you’re a bad person.  If you’re a Nazi, you’re a bad person.

I’ll cross the street to avoid you, and that’s not “cancelling” you.  

That’s rejecting you.


1 Comment

  1. marvelous! very thought-provoking!


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