I’ve come to the long-overdue conclusion that I have had just about enough of the “Cancel Culture” and it’s pack of sub-human lunatic practitioners. One of them gets their knickers in a knot over the slighest issue – no matter how convoluted the logic they use to get to full outrage – and the whole pack starts howling.
A name, a word (even when they have to declare the word means something it never has before), a flag, a statue and on and on and on…
Oh, they start off with the low-hanging fruit, just to establish themselves as “reasonable people trying to right an injustice” but then they toss reason right out the window and go full lunatic.
I’ll use the statues as a primary example. They started out going after the Confederate statues first. Who would dare try to defend statues of “racist” people, right? But have you noticed that now they are going after George Washington, Winston Churchill and Teddy Roosevelt?
They even knocked down some poor guy who himself had BEEN a slave for years! I’m still waiting for the reason for that one.
As a quick aside: If a statue, or a book, or a film, or a flag offends you, then don’t look at it. You have every right even, to come out and say it offends you and why. I’m right there with you.
But where we part company is when you haul off and demand that no one else be able to look at anything that offends you. You have no right to dictate to others what they can see, read or think.
Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean the rest of us have to hate it too. Want to change our minds, then present an argument – reasonably – and convince us. But “because I said so” isn’t a winning argument. Nor is “agree with me or I’ll burn this all down” either.
What is disheartening is seeing businesses and government leaders capitulating to what can only be described as domestic terrorism. No matter how much you give in to them, they will always push for more until you and your business, or your city or state, is destroyed. Don’t believe me? Just ask Neville Chamberlain how his capitulation to a terrorist organization in 1938 worked out.
I’ve dealt with the “Cancel Culture” mob these last three years. Fortunately for me, they have no ability to damage me. Mainly because I don’t care, but also because I haven’t capitulated. In fact, in several cases, I’ve struck back. These last six months have been relatively quiet too as certain members of that mob got the message and went off to find someone else to bother.
Recently though, two young men tried their luck and found out it is much better to leave me be. Their attempts to “cancel” me failed. But one lost his job and the other his ability to do business on the Internet because of my response. So, if you are of the mind to try this, go find someone else to bother. I don’t play nice and you have been warned.
But this brings me to the real point of this post. I’m no longer sitting back and waiting for the CC Mob to shoot at me. I’m canceling them and all of those that capitulate to them. On my social media, I’ve been blocking anyone who promotes or participates in “cancel culture”, Antifa, BLM or any other terrorist-like organization. I’m also canceling news organizations and their reporters. Every single one that pops up on my Twitter or Facebook feeds gets a block. They no longer have anything to say that I care to hear.
Major and college sports has also been canceled in my home. Since the NFL and NASCAR recently bent the knee to these terrorists, I will no longer support them with my entertainment dollar. I canceled the NBA a decade ago and haven’t watched a game, or spent a penny on a product that adds to their revenue stream, since. And don’t think MLB is off the hook either, nor is the NCAA. The NHL is literally skating on thin ice and if they go that way, I’ll happily cancel them too.
I haven’t been in a movie theater in over a year and the way Hollywood is encouraging this insanity, really ‘Gone With The Wind’ cannot be shown?, then I’ll cancel them without a second thought. There are a host of Indie creators on YouTube cranking out amazing content that is head and shoulders above anything Hollywood is putting out.
I have discovered that I broke my ‘Give-A-Dam”.
I, like Rhett Butler, simply don’t give a damn for these spoiled brat terrorists, their causes (which are just covers for burning and looting without getting into trouble) or the people and businesses who refuse to stand up to them and tell them to knock it off. If you want to have a reasonable discussion about issues that do indeed need to be addressed, then fine. But burning, looting and tearing down/destroying property is having a temper tantrum, not a discussion.
About the only good thing is that these creatures will eventually turn on their own – they already are to some extent – and it will fall to us to sweep up the debris that eventually will be all that remains of them.
In the meantime, I will reserve my entertainment dollars for people and businesses that focus on presenting entertaining stories and other events. There are plenty of people out there writing such books, creating videos and films that are worthy of my dollars. They are entertaining and that’s all I ask when I set aside the troubles of the day and seek a brief respite from it all. If I want to be preached at, I’ll go to church, not turn on my television.
And that is the one thing you can expect from my books and short stories. I’m not here to preach at you. I’m not here to tell you that you’re evil because of your skin color (white, black, brown, etc.) or to try to make you feel like it is your fault that the world sucks. (I swear, the next person who plays the “white privilege” card on me had better be sitting inside a running Formula 1 race car when they say it).
I, like many other writers I know, understand that you have invested a few of your hard-earned dollars on our books. In return, you are hoping to relax and lose yourself in a world that is far from this one, even if it is just for a few hours, and hopefully we can help you better face the real world again for having read our stories. Readers looking for positive, uplifting, shall we say even superversive, stories are the people I still give a damn about as a storyteller.
Readers like you.