And yet you claim the idea of people switching off from NFL in the hope it convinces the league or individual clubs stop players protesting racism is not cancel culture...
I outlined how I drew the line above - you can conflate it if you want.
Although to be fair, mine is not intended as a serious definition, it's deliberately trivialising how people complain about so-called "cancel culture" for the transparently political bullshit that the complaining is. It's a junk pejorative buzzword along with things like "virtue signalling" and "white knighting": finding ways to demean people for having an opinion without having to make a useful argument against that opinion.
I disagree with all of that.
If you want to discuss "virtue signalling," then no, that's not how I'd use it. It's a useful term to describe people whose actions don't align with their statements and/or are willing to make statements, but not take any (real) action. Everyone virtue signals. Companies especially virtue signal. To use a recent example, companies virtue signal every pride month about "committment to diversity" or somesuch, when in reality, all they want to do is appear virtuous so you buy their product.
There obviously is a problem that you don't think it can be usefully defined, and yet are at the same time trying to argue what is and isn't cancel culture, as this is self-evidently inconsistent.
I've repeatedly stated that it's how I'd define it. Anyone else can define it.
Of course that presents a problem, and if there was a better term to use to describe the phenomenon, I'd happily use it.
The debate thus far is people pointing out the vague arbitrariness of the term, that so many things are done that are so similar to cancel culture, why is not applied to them too? And there's an answer to that, which is the above: it's employed as a bullshit pejorative to let people know they need to oppose something.
Opposing suppression of views is a pretty sound principle, I'd argue.
It does of course relate heavily to the general state of the "free speech" debate in popular culture, which is a flaccid, corrupt and pustulent barrage of weak and hypocritical arguments where so-called "free speech" is a weapon to bash political opponents rather than an aim for a better society.
Remember that teacher who got fired for showing a picture of Muhammad in the UK? He's still in hiding.
Just recently, students blockaded a university in Canada because a professor wanted to lecture on issues affecting men, accusing him of a "men's rights activist."
This stuff keeps happening, and happening, and happening.
There is a better term for it: accountability. It's just that nobody who buys into the cancel culture boogeyman wants to own up to that.
So people like Colin Kapernick are being "held accountable" for...protesting police brutality?
People like Amelie Zhao were "held accountable" for...writing Blood Heir?
Lindsay Ellis was "held accountable" for...stating that Raya and the Last Dragon is similar to Avatar?
Jenny Nicholson was "held accountable" for...fuck, I don't know, the Twitter mob moved onto her after Ellis and I have no idea what sin she committed.
Even if it's stuff we can all agree on is bad, that's debatable. Again, Ollie Robinson. We probably all agree that what he wrote was racist. The question is whether you write something as a teenager nine years ago, before you joined your current employer, whether your employer should fire you for it (James Gunn is another matter). If your answer is yes, then I assume that all your social media accounts are open to scrutiny, and no matter how long ago you said something, no matter how you may have changed as a person, you should be removed from your place of employment.
There's a reason why I never use Twitter or Facebook to make statements because the risk is too great. But if that's being accountable, then own it.
It's not that any side is 100% correct because both sides have flaws, but the Left has weaponized the outrage to the point of damn near total suppression and that is frankly fucking terrifying. Thankfully there is push back starting because I think the Left is taking shit too far and people (even on the left) are starting to reel back like, "Whoa dude chill a minute". So I'm optimistic that people will come to their sense again and things will level out.
I doubt it'll go away. Social media is too much of a drug to some people. It's why you get the Twitter mobs you do.
This 'culture' isn't new in of itself, but the means certainly are.
Anyway, if people on the Left want to act like shits, that's on them. They can act like shits, and they can be called out for it as well.
There are a bunch of people yelling at the NFL to make sure its players cant bend a knee. And they put a law in place banning it and fired someone for not complying
How is this different from Gina Carano? People yelling at Disney because she wont be nice to transpeople
It isn't different.
Also, Carano was harassed for not putting pronouns in her bio, then harassed when she used "beep/boop" as her pronouns, and was then called out on it, despite people being shit to her first.