Interesting article. I like the snark but disagree with your primary point. As usual with complicated issues, people want to create a false equivalency of either / or. Either you like this comedian or you are canceling him. Let’s look at Dave Chapelle. He’s complaining about being canceled. He’s worth $500 million and is very successful. If he is canceled, can I be canceled too if it means being that rich. Moreover, there’s a delicate balance between “cancel culture” and criticism. I never found Patton Oswald funny no what he’s talking about. Oops, did I just cancel him? We all run into people like Dave all the time that are racist or transphobic or think Trump has never told a lie. Having some kind of relationship with them can often be tenable but possible if we insist, “Keep your racist or transphobic BS to yourself when you’re around me.” Yes, you are correct that we cannot cancel how people close to us feel, but we can insist that they respect our wishes. Finally, does being a firefighter give you a pass on reprehensible behavior? If so, then doctors should be able blurt anything no matter how offensive. I once heard Elon Musk claim a few months ago that he’s being canceled. Please! Give me a break. You’re not being canceled Mr Musk. You just cannot absorb any criticism whatsoever and learn from it. Are there people who muzzle others? Yes. But what we have now is the inevitable over correction. “You can’t criticize me. That’s cancel culture.” And if you think cancel culture resides in one political party, just look at The Dixie Chicks, Anthony Gonzalez, and Liz Cheney.

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I am a South Jersey-based writer who manages Podcast Reports on Blogger and have a book available on Amazon about podcasts and podcasting called “Ear Worthy.”

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