I will fully admit it: I wasn't 100% clear on the definition of cancel culture. I knew the larger scale of it...people getting booted from shows or jobs or even society because of something they said or did. But I also thought you could individually cancel people. Like my example about the BBQ guy and the oddly placed racism in his Super Bowl edition. But alas! I am not capable of canceling anyone on my own. Yet. Good to know.
I will admit another thing: I was floored by the full story of the bird watcher and the dog walker. I would be willing to bet that many of our listeners were as well. It just goes to show that I am as guilty as anyone of not diving in to get the full story. We're always on the go and we get our news in bits and pieces from a variety of sources and mediums. So we read things quick and we react and even quicker. We hear something about someone in the public eye and we render a judgment swiftly and harshly. And that's despite the plethora (shout out to Three Amigos!) of misinformation spewing from news outlets, social media, and politicians. Then again I just read a stat that said 78% of republicans believe that the 2020 election was stolen. And that's with 0% evidence. So I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that so many people see one small part of one video and think they have the whole story figured out.
I agree with John, though. This is a dangerous way to be. Are we simply out to punish people or do we want to try to get people to see the error of their ways so they can be a positive influence on the world and teach their kids and grandkids to be good people too? It's like the prison system. Do we just want to punish people or do we want to rehabilitate? Some people are just shitheads and deserve to rot. I'm looking at you Harvey Weinstein. But others may just need to be more educated so they understand that the things they say can have harmful consequences. Let's try to get them there and all live by the golden rule: Don't be a fucking asshole.
- Kevin Rosenquist