In recent years, cancel culture has become deeply controversial. Cancel culture has also turned political, with some Americans finding themselves “canceled” or losing opportunities because of having politics that are right-of-center.
Now, a good deal of people on the left have celebrated and weaponized cancel culture against the people they disagree with. As this happens, more and more conservatives are speaking out against the toxicity of cancel culture and its adverse impacts.
It turns out, though, that right-wing Americans aren’t the only ones who have issues with cancel culture. According to Breitbart News, a striking 64% of Americans don’t favor cancel culture either.
The Stats on Public Perception of Cancel Culture
According to a survey done by Harvard University’s Center for American Political Studies and The Harris Poll, 64% of Americans perceive cancel culture as threatening to American freedoms. Only 36% of polled individuals said otherwise.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) March 1, 2021
When conservatives were the only ones polled, 80% described cancel culture as a threat to freedoms in the nation, while only 20% disagreed with this assessment. Amongst Democrats, 48% cited cancel culture as a danger to freedoms in America, while 52% disagreed.
Political Stands Against Cancel Culture
The theme of 2021’s Conservative Political Action Conference was American Uncancelled. Many Republican speakers at the annual conference also addressed cancel culture and the overall danger it brings to society. Furthermore, outside of CPAC 2021, top conservatives have used their voices and platforms to censure cancel culture in the United States.
Now, certain Republicans are even seeking legislative action to stop cancel culture in its tracks. Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan is calling on congressional leaders to hold a formal hearing on cancel culture. Per Jordan, cancel culture is threatening to free speech, the exchange of ideas, open discourse on college campuses, and more.
AINSLEY EARHARDT: There's this cancel culture trying to cancel Dr. Seuss now. How far are they going to take this?
DON JR: This week alone, they canceled Mr. Potato Head. This week alone, they canceled the Muppets … you have Oreo cookie chiming in on trans rights pic.twitter.com/4fqUaBUmik
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 2, 2021
Ironically, the more that cancel culture is employed against individuals, the more people speak out against it. This pattern, therefore, indicates that cancel culture doesn’t have much longevity in the longterm. The vast majority of Republicans are against it while even nearly half of Democrats share the same outlook.
At a time when political tensions are so deep and stark, an almost bipartisan opposition against cancel culture truly speaks volumes.
What do you think about the nation’s outlook on cancel culture? Do you view cancel culture as toxic and threatening to personal freedoms in the United States? Let us know in the comments section below.