‘Rules are rules, right?’ Newsweek blames CONSERVATIVES for ‘weaponizing cancel culture,’ triggering wave of mockery
In a recent piece in Newsweek, writer Emma Nolan says left-of-center “cancel culture” – which looks to tear down public figures for their political transgressions (real or imagined) – had been taken up by conservatives to combat celebrities who criticize US President Donald Trump.
While the drive to cancel the un-woke typically “comes from people predominantly concerned with calling out racism,” Nolan wrote, “some of the criticism comes from notable right-wing figures who are weaponizing the current discourse to point out what they say is the hypocrisy of some anti-Trump celebrities.”Also on rt.com Comedian Jimmy Kimmel finally facing cancellation after blackface & ‘n-word’ tapes shatter ‘woke’ reinvention
The story runs down various examples, such as conservative pundit Charlie Kirk’s compilation of liberal and left-wing figures to appear in blackface, or Fox News’ call-out of talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who was found to have uttered the N-word in a 1996 parody rap song.
The article – which puts a new spin on the ‘conservatives pounce’ trope – has been savaged online, drawing condemnation and mockery from critics who said the Right is merely following the lead of its cancel-happy rivals across the political spectrum.
“Conservatives do what liberals have done for 4 years and now we’re mad”— Blaire White (@MsBlaireWhite) June 25, 2020
We didn't start that fire. The left owns #CancelCulture. Stop lying, Newsweek.— Dawn of Dystopia (@chickenbaconran) June 25, 2020
“Don't you dare put this on conservatives. You and the rest of the radical left started this nonsense,” one user said, while another weighed in: “You have to live by your own rules before forcing them on others. Just saying...”
Others noted that cancel culture by its very nature is “weaponized,” suggesting it has no other purpose.
"Conservatives weaponize cancel culture"Oh please. Cancel culture has ALWAYS been a weapon, don't pretend otherwise.— Lauren Chen (@TheLaurenChen) June 25, 2020
It was *always* a weapon. You just don't like it when you're on the receiving end.— Dan 🇺🇸 (@danieltobin) June 25, 2020
As debates raged across Twitter, actress Alyssa Milano – a major figure in the #MeToo movement, itself a manifestation of cancel culture – also waded into the fray, prompting attempts to see her cancelled in real time.
She wore black face in 2013 and nobody seems to remember, so she's getting nervous. pic.twitter.com/uD3P3y2OxP— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) June 25, 2020
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