Throwback to November 2022:
In recent weeks, John Cleese has decided to double down on his hatred for Cancel Culture while showing support for JK Rowling.
Cleese was announced as a GB News presenter for a new show on the topic of Free Speech. The 82-year-old will begin hosting the show in 2023 alongside Andrew Doyle – a right-wing comedian who also doesn’t like cancel culture.
In an article by the Independent, Cleese is reported to have criticised “woke” values in media, believing that the BBC would “cancel him” in today’s society. And, in all honesty, with how he’s currently acting – yes. He would be “Cancelled” for what he says.
He posted on Twitter back in 2020 that he’s not interested in Trans people and believes people should “treat them kindly” before going on a rant about how trans women have an advantage in women’s sports and making a joke about him wanting to be a “Cambodian police woman”…
Graham Norton said it perfectly:
The word [cancelled] is the wrong word. I think the word should be ‘accountability’.
Cancel Culture isn’t about cancelling someone; it’s about calling them out when they do something wrong, correcting them, and allowing them to fix it. And if they don’t, then they lose support.
It’s also intriguing how the people who are the most worried about Cancel Culture are those who hid Hollywood and Entertainment Abusers like Harvey Weinstein and Jimmy Saville.
Cancel culture became popular during the #MeToo movement when people were encouraged to call out their abusers. It then morphed into calling out Racists, Homophobes, and Transphobes – with the first trending version of cancel culture being #CancelColbert after the late-night show posted a racist tweet towards the Asian community.
So, are we surprised that those who hate Cancel Culture, AKA Consequences, are all… White, Straight, Cisgender people?
I’m not particularly eager to generalise but seeing the majority of people opposed to receiving consequences being the most entitled and privileged people in society is a dead giveaway that it’s the right thing to do.
Holding people accountable is essential; it allows society to learn from past mistakes.
Freedom of Speech, not Freedom from Consequences.
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