In the beginning, it seemed reasonable to dismiss ‘cancel culture’ as a bad joke, symptomatic of Trump Derangement Syndrome, a very real clinical condition known for unhinging even the brightest minds. But the joke was told years ago, and nobody is laughing anymore.
The first sign that something sinister had infected the left side of the American cranium occurred in the unlikeliest of places: the college campus, the manicured citadel of free thought and expression where the very idea of censorship is wholly repugnant. But that was yesterday. Today, university students consider it their solemn duty to silence any individual or individuals who do not share their (liberal) worldview. Peak insanity occurred in February 2017, when violent protesters hurled rocks and torched buildings at the University of California, Berkeley to prevent conservative speakers – including controversial commentator Milo Yiannopoulos – from addressing a group of students. From there, it was off to the insanity races.
In the wake of this collegiate brain rot, said to have taken root during World War II with the arrival of ‘Cultural Marxists’ from Germany to America’s unsuspecting shores, statues in the town square are being toppled, ‘offensive’ corporate logos removed, and historical works of American art and literature forever shelved; even being so bold as to suggest that ‘2+2=4’ risks turning a person into a social pariah.