What Cancel Culture Looked Like in the Middle Ages | NYT Opinion


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What Cancel Culture Looked Like in the Middle Ages | NYT Opinion



The internet didn’t invent the angry mob.

In the satirical Video Op-Ed above, cancel culture is reimagined with the help of a medieval mob. Pray thee, the video begs, is there any room left for transgression?

These days, it seems like everyone’s being canceled — from celebrities like Louis C.K. and Kanye West to ordinary high-schoolers. Some cancellations are temporary (we’re looking at you, Aziz Ansari). Some seem permanent (has anyone even seen R. Kelly?). But all are very public. And rarely is an apology good enough. Even more rare: redemption.

Last month, former President Barack Obama urged young people to leave cancel culture behind. “This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically ‘woke’ and all that stuff” he said, “you should get over that quickly.”

A mob quickly rose to the defense of cancel culture, sprinkled with a bit of “O.K. Boomer” judgment. For a brief moment, we wondered: Could even President Obama be canceled?

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  1. has to be the most blatant case of theft of intellectual property theft i've ever seen. sure hope nobody rats the NYT out to john cleese and eric idol. that's a real nice paper you have there. it'd be a shame if something happened to it.

  2. I wonder what poor film students and editing group will be fired from the NYT for this. If "Our anger makes us qualified" (0:59) doesn't define the modern Left (and thus the NYT itself), I don't know what does.

    It's too spot on…almost as though they're acknowledging cancel culture in order to engage in it even further.

  3. I think a person's actions today, along with an appropriate apology, defines that persons' remorse (and social acceptability). As opposed to someone who apologizes but whose actions show they're not sorry at all.
    What matters is acknowledging you committed a transgression and trying to be better.

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