Featuring shut the fuck up, MatPat
People who perpetuate the idea that “Cancel Culture is bad” have an agenda. They’re very much telling on themselves and trying to manipulate people into staying silent about their abuse, misfortune, and hardships. I have no sympathy for anyone stupid enough to believe that “Cancel Culture” is a bad thing.
The topic in itself is one I don’t even like to touch because it’s always a circus of arguing semantics, people defending their racist or phobic buddies, or just a knee-jerk reaction because they’re guilty as hell.
If you haven’t been paying attention, here’s a few definitions.
Cancel • verb
- decide or announce that (a planned event) will not take place.
- (of a factor or circumstance) neutralize or negate the force or effect of (another).
Colloquially, it’s regarded as a form of boycotting people, usually famous, who have said or done something that harms a marginalized group. Truthfully, it’s my understanding that it was always a form of signalling so that individuals can choose for themselves whether they want to continue to support these people in question. Either way, people cannot shut the fuck up about it.
Equally undeserving of reviewing, MatPat of the popular YouTube series Game Theory has decided to capitalize on the suicide of popular YouTube gaming personality Etika to push this agenda that it’s bad to cancel people to a media company, which I’m sure has its own little demons running around in the office shadows pushing for arbitration.
I think he fucked something up in his reading comprehension cuz I don’t know what the fuck he’s talking about. From what I understood while everything unfolded, this was more so a case of mental illness taking a person’s life. If ignored or untreated, this is a common conclusion.
This was not about cancel culture. It’s an example of the state of America’s heath care system and of public understanding of mental illness. I noticed it in the drastic change of behavior that Etika may just be sick, even though I’ve never watched any of his videos because it didn’t add up that he would throw away all that he’s gained unprovoked. One of the warning signs of a person contemplating suicide are these kinds of abrupt differences in behavior.
But no one cares about that. Truly, you can see that in how MatPat here just decided it was cool to spin this as a “cancel culture” narrative, presumably because people have decided that airing out the skeletons is the right road to take.
Marginalized people signaling to others who could be a threat to us should continue and those who are pushing back coincidentally tend to be those who have social capital and power. I’m not saying everyone should blindly believe allegations, but more times than not, they don’t come from thin air. Just because people with the money and fame aren’t completely knocked down doesn’t mean canceling is faulty.
I want to know who I’m supporting. I want to be warned, so I can watch. I want to see what the hell is going on. So all that “cancel culture is bad” talk don’t mean shit.