November 28, 2020
The interwebs have been all atwitter (literally) recently, and I have had to give some thought to cancel culture, a consequence of society’s obsession with social networking and rigidly-enforced norms which provide that any mistake anyone makes (ever) can never ever ever be forgiven (ever).
First, the Thetford Recreation Director posted a pointless and offensive youtube video in which he explained that he doesn’t wear as mask for the same reason that he doesn’t wear a seatbelt and doesn’t wear a condom. In his words: “I don’t give a f***.” Someone found the video annoying, and discovered that not only was this fellow the Recreation Director in town, but he’d also (horrors!) coached junior varsity baseball at Thetford Academy. So she then created a TikTok video attacking him, which went viral. In response, the Thetford Rec guy evidently sent her a message which she inferred was both threatening and racist. The cycle then got more vicious.
Meanwhile, Thetford Academy noticed that a lot of people were all of a sudden giving it bad ratings on its Facebook page, based solely on the fact that this doofus had been a junior varsity baseball coach there. Once it was explained that TA had nothing whatsoever to do with his post and that he was no longer employed there, most of the self-appointed “reviewers” — none of whom appear to live in Vermont, let alone in Thetford — withdrew their negative reviews. One, however, pointedly did not. It was, in his words, “too late.” So, TA’s “rating” on Facebook — for whatever value it may have — is being adversely affected by someone from Missouri who knows literally nothing about TA other than that a former junior varsity baseball coach is a scuzball.
Meanwhile, the news that Ken Jennings has been selected to be the interim host of Jeopardy! was met with resistance when actress Yvette Nicole Brown (I had to look her up, too) complained about a lame (and, frankly, insensitive) joke that Jennings had tweeted SIX YEARS AGO.
Yes, there’s a lesson here about being careful when you post anything to the interwebs. Once it’s posted, it’s forever.
But maybe cancel culture should be cancelled.