Cancel Culture and Personal Responsibility

I have heard that conservatives are upset about “cancel culture.” It took me a while to figure out why. I scratched my head about it for a long time.

In the 90s, I belonged to some seriously conservative Protestant churches. And they boycotted pretty much everything. One holiday season, I was sitting in my car. It was flurrying. And it occurred to me that there was nowhere left for me to shop. This was before Amazon and the internet were huge. People in my church didn’t approve of K-Mart because, I guess, they sold pornography. They didn’t like Target because Target was pro-choice. I think Mervyn’s might have been owned by Target. Home Depot was owned by K-Mart. And my dad didn’t approve of Meijer’s because he saw them as union-busting. I had nowhere left to go. That was when I decided that I would never again allow anyone else to tell me where not to shop. I was done.

And then there was the whole Disney fiasco. I had some friends that picketed the local ABC station because ABC is owned by Disney, whom, I guess, is too gay-friendly. Also, NYPD Blue showed Dennis Franz’s ass. One person in particular was telling me about picketing. As she was speaking, she was wearing an Eeyore sweatshirt. Eeyore is a Disney character. She may as well have been picketing McDonald’s while eating a Big Mac. Did she even understand the concept of a boycott? Someone should inform her as to what boycotts are and how they work. The Southern Baptist Convention boycotted Disney. If you do not remember any of this, you are not alone. Disney did not blink. They emerged victorious over the largest Protestant denomination in the United States. The boycott’s effect was negligible.

You see, I believe in personal responsibility. Where you spend your money says something about you. Even the brand of toothpaste you buy puts some people to work and some people out of work. All actions have consequences. Both of my grandfathers retired from Motor Wheel. My husband retired from General Motors. I have healthcare through the GM/UAW Retirees Benefit Trust. My father would probably have a heart attack if I drove a “rice burner” (Japanese auto). I will only ever buy American, probably, at least while my parents are alive, and probably until I die.

What am I saying? Conservatives invented cancel culture. They’re just not real good at it. When conservatives boycott businesses, the results are nil. When liberals boycott businesses, everything changes instantly, right here, right now. Liberals are a slight majority in this country (with their percentage growing through the younger generations). Liberal boycotts of conservative businesses are an existential threat to those businesses. If conservatives do not approve of “cancel culture,” then they should not have invented it.

About cdhoagpurple

I live in Michigan. I was Greek Orthodox (and previously Protestant), but now am more Buddhist than anything. I am single now (through the till-death-do-you-part clause of the marriage contract). My husband Barry was a good man and celebrated 30 years in AA. I am overly educated, with an MBA. My life felt terminally in-limbo while caring for a sick husband, but I am free now. I see all things as being in transition. Impermanence is the ultimate fact of life. Nothing remains the same, good or bad.

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