There’s the Outrage Mob then there’s “Cancel Culture.” You need the first for the second, but they are two different things. An outraged mob can form on any social media platform for any stupid reason. Not just stupid liberal reasons, either. Cancel Culture is what results from an outrage mob that has a public figure in their sights, targeting the figure for cancelation based on something so stupid you question God’s greater plan for humanity. Up for the chopping block now, Shane Gillis, a newly hired and now fired comedian for Saturday Night Live. From Mediaite:
Newly-hired Saturday Night Live cast member Shane Gillis has been dropped before the start of the season, following outcry over his past use of a racial slur.
Shane Gillis made the mistake of ordering extra crispy baby skins with his potstickers. Then he went outside and brought in a dog, asking it be marinated in sweet and sour sauce before consuming its brains while the dog still lived. Lol, just kidding, Gillis used a slur and an accent. Here, video:
today SNL announced the hiring of its first cast member of East Asian descent, and also this guy pic.twitter.com/0FAGJZJUkK
— Seth Simons (@sasimons) September 12, 2019
I posted the video because as I watched it, I had to watch it again. So slight was this slight one needs to squint at it, not unlike that which Gillis joked about, to see the offense. Sorry, but I know an online comedian who has done far worse than what Gillis did. Far worse. His name rhymes with Steven Crowder, but that’s the only hint you’re getting.
Caving like the spineless boof machines they are, SNL canceled poor Shane before Shane even had a chance to wear fake yellow teeth. But rather than apologizing for his jokes, because they’re jokes, Shane offered an explanation and even thanked SNL for the opportunity. We call this class, people.
— Shane Gillis (@Shanemgillis) September 13, 2019
See, not really an apology. Which is fine by me, Shane has zero to apologize for. I’d rather he offer a .gif of Homer Simpson flipping both middle fingers, but I also understand wanting to salvage one’s career.
— Shane Gillis (@Shanemgillis) September 16, 2019
“It feels ridiculous for comedians to be making serious public statements but here we are.”
We’ve reached a societal tipping point where shutting off a computer, iPad, or television set to spare a viewer offense isn’t enough. It used to be “I don’t like this, therefore I’m not going to watch it.” Now it’s “I don’t like this. Therefore no one should like this, the offender should be first exposed, then canceled, forced to apologize, and promptly banished from civil society.” A sentiment echoed by the same people who claim to love “progress.”
The best way to fight cancel culture is to expose it for exactly what it is: a group of sensitive pussy truffles who can’t stand for their pet victim groups to be mocked. They came for Dave Chappelle, but Dave Chappelle had no precious f*cks to spare. Shane needs to hold strong, not back down, not apologize, and ride the wave to a better gig.