To be honest, I’ve been boycotting Goya for years. Not for political reasons, but because their canned salty slop sucks.
Regardless of motive or rationale, however, I appear to be one of those unhinged progressives who want to cancel everyone and everything for the slightest transgression.
Yes, as you know, “cancel culture” is the direct heir to “political correctness.”
Of course, PC was always overblown nonsense—an imaginary threat and convenient scapegoat. Many of the ideas that conservatives labeled as “political correct” were just basic decency. And many of the people who proudly proclaimed that they were “not PC” were just belligerent assholes. And it didn’t help that the individuals shrieking the most about snowflakes and being oversensitive were themselves the most easily triggered Americans alive.
However, right-wing culture warriors are not idiots. They’re dangerous, hate-filled lunatics, but not idiots.
So they have been working hard on replacing the antiquated “political correctness” with the new, hip “cancel culture.” In both cases, it refers to the right of conservatives (usually white men) to say or do whatever they want without the fear of consequences, or even criticism.
But in truth, “the right and the left both cancel; it’s just that today’s right is too weak to do it effectively.”
Indeed, our old friend Ted Cruz recently proved this point by ranting about cancel culture. Cruz mocked all these outraged Latinos who are sickened by the Goya CEO’s grotesque praising of Trump.
This, of course, is the same Ted Cruz who called for people to boycott the NFL when players started taking a knee. But attempting to get Colin Kaepernick fired or shouting for Nike boycotts was apparently not canceling someone.
Aren’t you happy to have that cleared up?
In any case, our scattershot president has railed against cancel culture at times. Naturally, this is hilarious coming from a guy who wants to cancel anything that even mildly displeases him.
But he’s old, so he keeps coming back to the original term: “politically correct.”
And what, exactly, has Trump identified as PC outrages?
Well, he believes that removing the Confederate flag or tearing down Confederate monuments is PC, as is changing the name of the Washington Redskins. And just a few years ago, most Americans agreed with him on both counts. But now, weirdly enough, they do not, which proves that much of what was considered politically correct in the 1990s is now regarded as goddamn common sense. So all that screaming and yelling in defense of antebellum symbolism and racist monikers was totally worth it. I’m sure there are no regrets there—nope.
But the biggest symbol of the insidious reach of political correctness—in the conservative mind, at least—is the face mask.
No doubt you’ve seen or heard of brave patriots across the nation who shriek about freedom and refuse to wear the mark of the weak-willed lemming (i.e., a face mask). They often seem to do this while spewing insults and threats at minimum-wage workers, or throwing tantrums so crazed that even toddlers might say, “Wow, time out.” But that’s another story.
It’s no surprise that our president long refused to listen to scientists, doctors, epidemiologists, economists, and a majority of the American people by insisting that he would not wear a face mask. Yes, it is the most effective, simplest way to limit the infection rate. And there is no real constitutional issue with asking people to mask up. And no other country in the world has our bizarre, obstinate, illogical, sociopathic opposition to face masks.
The point is that wearing a mask is something wimpy liberals do, so donning a mask or practicing social distancing is clearly politically correct.
And then this past weekend, Trump finally wore a fucking mask.
His capitulation means that all the bellowing and fury directed at face masks was complete idiocy on a homicidal level, and that we have lost a chance to make real progress against coronavirus. Or maybe the president just caved to PC pressure and cancel culture because it’s so, you know, all-powerful. Who can tell which is true?
(Hint: It’s the former, not the latter.)
There can be no doubt that the conservative hatred of face masks has directly lead to the proliferation of Covid-19. Right-wingers despise imaginary enemies—political correctness or cancel culture—more than they fear a lethal virus.
Keep in mind that liberalism in the form of PC, at its very worst, is annoying and self-righteous. But to my knowledge, cancel culture has never killed anyone.
In contrast, hardcore conservatism, whether through intentional attack or misguided hubris, has now killed thousands of people.
Can anyone blame Americans if they want to cancel it?