Art and Culture #7: Woke Culture in a Post Trump World

5 Feb

            I know this might be a problem as I can discover so many topics to talk about. Cancel Culture, by its very definition, is when a person is accused of wrong think by a social media mob and they pursue to have the person fired for there beliefs or even accusations of wrong doing. 

            To understand Cancel Culture, it’s something that can come back to haunt you. Having people fired for a mere allegation is when woke culture was not stopped at its infancy in 2012. It creates a disservice to African Americans as it allows them to be a terror at the work place, while facing no real repercussions for what they do. Or it allows them to be lazy and never work to their full potential.

            Because if you’re white, you couldn’t say anything and you would be called “a racist.” That word was weaponized by the left that it only forced a generation to never speak to one another. It creates a brainwashed cult group think status that it can blind them to the realities that happen outside there liberal bubble. 

Black America can get fired by other Black Americans lying about there work habits all to ascend up the ladder. too, and both ideas expressed are wrong across the board. Jealousy and Anger toward each other in the work place is common. But weaponized against anyone’s race, color, or creed, is only allowed if you have the right political affiliations.

            The leftist media, in the comic book industry, will also reskin famous characters, like Bruce Wayne, to be black, to fit there weirdo PC group think ideas. As this is not according to the origin of Bruce Wayne in the Batman saga. Also, forced racism doesn’t create authentic art either. Leftists do not understand this idea. This idea also kowtows to people who do not read or create art either.

Again, this may sound racist, and this is what Cancel Culture is. This is what Cancel Culture inspires. It doesn’t inspire people to be nice to each other. It only inspires people to be racist and judgmental. But let’s be clear. 

            Cancel Culture creates this type of thinking expressed in these paragraphs, and do not represent my worldview. Society, taught by democrats, teach the idea of “bigotry of low expectations.”  

            But Cancel Culture happened in such small instances before it had a name. Like when Mel Gibson was pulled over and he spouted off drunken rants toward the police directed with anti-Semitic language. People believed it and Gibson’s life was nearly ruined as a “racist” when he made Hollywood more money than they like to admit. The people believed it, but I didn’t. I suspect the cop was lying, because it would help him get higher up the ladder. Because later on, Mel was forgiven, and he’s working again. Because as Philip Roth said about his critics, “they either died or shut up.”  

            But if he were cancelled today, that wouldn’t happen. 

The Metoo Culture is an example of how it affected dating between men and women, and even create false rape allegation campaigns created by Zoe Quinn, as the court of public opinion favored her causing her so called “Attacker”, Mr. Holowka, to commit suicide. ( Game creator’s suicide after feminist Zoe Quinn accuses him of abuse shows peril of Twitter trials. Rt. Op-Ed. Sept. 2, 2019. https://www.rt.com/op-ed/467831-zoe-quinn-gamergate-alec-holowka-suicide/. ) This is just one example of how woke culture is rampant in the United States.

            Marilyn Manson, as of recent, was also accused by Evelyn Rachel Wood for sexual abuse, as they accused him, and it hasn’t been proven in a court of law if he did do the things he was accused of, then it should be proven by a court of law. But accusations are inadmissible in court without evidence.

 The Metoo allegations of rape and mistreatment in Hollywood, sometimes being a force for good, but also ruining men’s live that never did a thing, in the process. When false Metoo allegations are going to ruin dating and how men and women treat each other, they are excoriated, and called all types of things. “An internal misogynist.” That old chestnut. The typical answer from a feminist who was given the opportunity to be born in a polite society where she has no manners or happiness to give to another human being, let alone a man. But let’s stay focused. A bit of humor is needed for this subject matter.

            Another form of Cancel Culture is the very association of being labeled a “Trump supporter” was all the rage from 2015-2020, as I saw the worst and darkest habits arise out of the left and there views were crystallized in there resentment for family members and co-workers. Brainwashed ideology is easier to spot, and we called it TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome). But then after the past five years, making fun of the left doesn’t work, but it’s funnier now. 

            Try cancelling someone for being a Republican, when the left want to silence and demonize the right. Gee, all this behavior shouldn’t come a winning side, right? But again, just a minor thought. The war on freedom of speech during these days were almost at a literal peak, as culture and art were at odds with the way mass public thought. 

            Criticism was used as a weapon in Cancel Culture as the left can’t bear to be criticized and every response from them has been “Misogynist, rapist, Nazi.” Because if that’s your argument and rebuttal for what people think, you aren’t very good at debate. How can there be Arts and Culture when there is no ability to have a debate and discuss the key issues surrounding culture and what is completely wrong about SJW’s taking things out of context.

            I like to think the middle of the road liberals are not entirely swept up in cancel culture, but it’s not hard to pretend they let it happen as long as the mob doesn’t come for them. It’s why the world pretended to love Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election in the United States. When people are afraid to voice a dissenting opinion, they are forced to lie and never express what they feel. 

            Considering that woke culture, in verbiage, didn’t hit me until 2016. Repressive Cancel Culture group think is mostly instigated by those with “deep narcissism” and the “loudest person in the room has more to hide.” (Joseph Watson, Paul. “Wokeyleaks.” Feb. 2nd, 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvjxePsmYqg. Found on Feb. 5th, 2021).  By that definition, it’s called Virtue Signaling. Key board warriors are good at that. 

            But what does the Metoo, Gamergate, and restricting social norms have to do with Cancel Culture? Cancel Culture has affected art, too. If Artists can’t think outside the box, and as Jordan Peterson said, “They drive the global economy.” (“Lectures: Exploring the Psychology of Creativity” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxGPe1jD-qY&t=830s. Found on Feb. 5th, 2021). 

            But restrictions in Hollywood were affected as Hollywood had to rely on China’s economy as well. But the Chinese do not care about Politically Correct culture, as they do not have a filter. 

            This also has to do with Cancel Culture as lots of Art are censored by the Chinese government. Even when Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was banned for “being insensitive toward Bruce Lee” and they would ultimately cut particular scene if he didn’t. His response to the Chinese who wanted to see his film was “you can steal it.” It seems that not many take Mr. Tarantino’s lead. But many won’t, because of Cancel Culture’s ability to warp rational thinking.

As this is about Art and Culture, Cancel Culture is a threat to all artists who value there freedom of speech. If Parler, Minds, and every other platform is restricted, and any allegation can ruin people, and not proven in court, no one should lose there jobs. If freedom of speech is taken away in America, then artists will not be able to voice, write, or say what they truly think. Where can real art survive if censorship and restrictions are going to take away the right to be who we are, and placating to race baiting ideas, will not cure the wound of racism either. If Art cannot stare into hard subjects, then why make it? Because it’s not profitable to solve a problem like racism, sexism, but create more disharmony. Novels have used these subjects to create entertainment.  

This may sound like the Article is off track, but it isn’t. If prophetic visions are muddled by group think, and cloud the spirit to uncover deep problems in the psyche, why would anyone want to be challenged? There is room for entertainment and deep works of fiction, but if the media at large is trying to force artists underground, how can they survive if they have no place to promote there work? 

If the media wants a place at the table with newer artists, contracts must abolish the cancel-you-for-anything rule, and learn to accept artists with eccentricities again that don’t have leftists beliefs. Because the left have given up on being edgy. I know this is all sour note stuff, but the media has not helped during 2015 and beyond. And it’s gonna take more than unity. It will take acceptance, and apologies if “unity” will happen. Not counting on it, but I don’t expect pigs to fly anytime soon.

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, The Michael Project, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/. Louis’s first fantasy novel, Come Home, Young One, is out now on Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4

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