[Ads-l] Cancel Culture

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 6 12:23:09 EST 2021


Thanks for your response LH. This is just a note of clarification to
prevent possible future misunderstandings. The quotation in LH's
message is from the New York Times article. It was not composed by me.
LH did not attribute it to me, and no criticism is intended.

[Begin excerpt from NY Times article by Jennifer Finney Boylan]
But in this case, it was the right wing doing the canceling
[End excerpt]

You might wonder why my messages contain clumsy constructs such as
[Begin excerpt] and [End excerpt]. They are designed to minimize the
number of quotations inadvertently reassigned.

Garson

On Sat, Feb 6, 2021 at 11:29 AM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
>
> Yes, but as a self-conscious attempt at a kind of metalinguistic anti-reclamation, essentially underlining the asymmetry:
> > But in this case, it was the right wing doing the
> > canceling
>
>
> LH
>
> > On Feb 6, 2021, at 10:38 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >
> > Below is a 2019 New York Times article containing the phrase
> > "right-wing cancel culture" and a 2020 Newsweek article containing the
> > phrase "Conservatives Weaponize Cancel Culture".
> >
> > The term cancelled has been applied to Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson.
> > Both have been accused of engaging in abusive behavior toward their
> > partners.
> >
> > At the 2017 Glastonbury Festival Johnny Depp said "When was the last
> > time an actor assassinated a president? It’s been awhile, and maybe
> > it’s time." (This quotation appears in the Newsweek article.) So he is
> > not a friend of Trump.
> >
> > These examples are offered in an attempt to help reveal the varied
> > contexts of the terms "cancel" and "cancel culture".
> >
> > Website: The New York Times
> > Article: Opinion: Why Kathy Griffin Will Not Stand Down
> > Article Subtitle: Two years after the comedian’s infamous Trump photo,
> > she’s back — battered but unbowed by right-wing cancel culture.
> > Author: Jennifer Finney Boylan (Contributing Opinion Writer)
> > Date: July 31, 2019
> > (See article subtitle for instance)
> >
> > https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/31/opinion/why-kathy-griffin-will-not-stand-down.html
> >
> > [Begin excerpt]
> > This story is about more than a comedian and a disturbing photograph.
> > It’s about what America has become: a place where in the wake of a
> > single mistake, a career can be canceled, a place where the president
> > of the United States can happily use the power of his office to
> > destroy an American citizen.
> > [End excerpt]
> >
> > [Begin excerpt]
> > We think of so-called cancel culture as an excess of the left. (The
> > author Meghan Daum, in reacting to the movement, says, “Woke me when
> > it’s over.”) But in this case, it was the right wing doing the
> > canceling, with the not-inconsiderable muscle of the Department of
> > Justice added in for good measure.
> > [End excerpt]
> >
> >
> >
> > Website: Newsweek
> > Article: Conservatives Weaponize Cancel Culture to Tame Anti-Trump Celebrities
> > Author: Emma Nolan
> > Timestamp: 6/24/20 AT 11:21 AM EDT
> > (See article title for instance)
> >
> > https://www.newsweek.com/conservatives-weaponize-cancel-culture-tame-anti-trump-celebrities-1513041
> >
> > [Begin excerpt]
> > Cancel culture. It's here, it's happening and it seems like every day,
> > there are calls to cancel more famous faces on social media—but not
> > always from the voices you would expect.
> >
> > In recent weeks in the wake of the George Floyd protests and the
> > resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, the spotlight has shone
> > on the likes of late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon for
> > past use of blackface for comedy sketches. And among the multitude of
> > voices calling for these celebrities to face consequences for their
> > past actions are a number of conservative figures and media outlets.
> > [End excerpt]
> >
> > On Sat, Feb 6, 2021 at 9:55 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> I'd just call it a "partisan buzzword."
> >>
> >> If I were twice as old, I'd call it a "partisan shibboleth" or "partisan
> >> slogan."
> >>
> >> JL
> >>
> >> On Sat, Feb 6, 2021 at 9:24 AM dave at wilton.net <dave at wilton.net> wrote:
> >>
> >>>
> >>> Is there a term for a buzzword/political label that is overwhelmingly used
> >>> by one side in a debate but only has semantic valence in the context of
> >>> that debate?
> >>>
> >>> The ur-examples may be "pro-life" and "pro-choice," but as has been
> >>> pointed out, there are lots of examples.
> >>>
> >>> I would distinguish them from words like "patriarcy" or "fascist" which in
> >>> the current political context may be mostly used by one side but have a
> >>> life of their own outside this context. "Cancel culture" is a term limited
> >>> to one faction in our particular political moment.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> -----Original Message-----
> >>> From: "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> >>> Sent: Saturday, February 6, 2021 7:57am
> >>> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> >>> Subject: Re: [ADS-L] Cancel Culture
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> The "opposing political view" being suppressed is often "one's own." So the
> >>> term is "used opprobriously."
> >>>
> >>> JL
> >>>
> >
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