It seems cancel culture has left no one unscathed.
Even those in the entertainment industry are getting tired of it.
In a recent sketch, Saturday Night Live mocked cancel culture, poking fun at how ridiculous online mobs can be.
In the skit, SNL cast members Heidi Gardner and Mikey Day play two social activists who are brought on to a mock late-night show to publicly blacklist members of an age group that are “seemingly immune” to cancel culture: children.
"We noticed that everyone was getting canceled, and we love that,” said Day.
"So, we expose problematic kids and cancel them," added Gardner.
They began with a 5-year-old boy who told a female classmate that she doesn’t have male body parts. "Expel him now @PineTreeElem or u support classroom harassment & stand with predators like this bile-spewing piece of sourdough bread. #chasepowellisoverparty," they tweeted.
"Let me tell you, he’s going to have a hard time finding a job now," said Gardner.
They continued naming children who had committed various social offenses, including a little boy who had asked a friend why she had “two daddies and no mommy” and a little girl who had dressed up as a Native American.
The skit has more than a grain of truth in it, revealing just how ridiculous cancel culture has gotten. No, children aren’t truly being “canceled,” but there are an increasing number of people who are being called out on social media, forced out of their jobs, and ostracized from the public square simply for voicing opinions or viewpoints that society deems unwelcome.
And you don’t have to look far for numerous examples of this.
Take Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, for example. In June of last year, she wrote an essay to explain why she feared the transgender movement would produce damaging consequences, detailing how she believes much trans activism endangers women and threatens their rights.
In her piece, Rowling recalled when she first voiced these concerns on Twitter, only to be met with death threats, name calling, and followers calling for boycotts of her books.
Rowling, who was once the darling of liberals, is now, to many, an outcast.
Cancel culture is driving some on the left to eat their own.
And while the antics of cancel culture are so ridiculous that they sometimes make us laugh, the real consequences of “canceling” each other is no laughing matter. It’s causing many Americans to censor themselves due to the fear of backlash from colleagues or the public. What’s more, if we aren’t free to peacefully discuss and debate our opposing viewpoints, calls to abandon free speech will only grow.
As the Philadelphia Statement puts it, “A society that lacks comity and allows people to be shamed or intimidated into self-censorship of their ideas and considered judgments will not survive for long.”
If we desire to live in a diverse nation where we can think and speak for ourselves and live according to our consciences, we all have a role to play.
Help stand up against the ideological blacklisting and spread the word about the Philadelphia Statement. Sign it today and share it with friends. The time to defend free speech is now.
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