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Sep 27, 2021 12:33AM
Sep 27, 2021 12:40AM
There are many valid reasons to disrespect Lindsay Graham. Allegedly being closeted is not among them--unless said closeted person publically rails against homosexuality. (Neither is simply being gay, on either side of the closet door, period). I'm trying to avoid culturally-insensitive insults. Not saying I'm "woke" by any means, though. Anyone who boasts they're "woke" isn't. At best, they're sleepwalking.
To explain: "woke" implies having had an epiphany (what Ms. Magazine used to call a "click" moment), on the recent side of a bright line, and permanently so at that. But being politically & culturally sensitive and evolved is a process, an "awakening," if you will. And that awakening is ongoing, over the course of a lifetime. To judge someone based where on they are on that continuum, as evidenced by past words & deeds, requires a hard look at chronology--and in the course of seemingly "cancel-worthy" statements, taken in the context of how long ago they were made, the degree of power (and responsibility to set an example) the person had at the time, the ideology, culture & rhetoric prevailing in that era, the speech truly reflecting the person's odious beliefs, and the pattern of words & conduct that demonstrates whether or not that person has since acknowledged the wrongfulness of their prior words & deeds and has sincerely rejected them. (Or, conversely, tries to justify or defend their prior insensitivity or even worse, continues to stand by it).
Some things justifiably should disqualify a person from a position of public trust, meaningful fame or being a role model (the definition of "cancel"). Mike Richards' sexist, racist and anti-Semitic quips--especially so recent--are an example. But Alexi McCamant's teenage Tweets, made a decade ago, should not cause her to lose, at 27, a magazine editorship--especially when they consisted of language considered acceptable by her peers of all ethnicities & ideologies half a lifetime ago. (I'm glad to see Axios has given her a chance).
A sense of logic & proportion is also advisable--that millennial who's suing Nirvana (including Cobain's estate) for using as an album cover a photo of him swimming naked while still a baby should be laughed out of court. (If for no other reason that a remedy requires having suffered an injury--and who the heck would look at a 31-yr-old and say "hey, I recognize you--you're that Nevermind naked swimming baby")? Taking a snapshot of your baby on a bearskin rug is not child porn, even if you put it on your social media timeline. (Arguably, neither are even David Hamilton's photos of seemingly prepubescent naked girls--who were all over 18 at the time and consented to have those photos published. Distasteful, maybe, but not illegal).
How many of us baby boomers used "retarded" as a pejorative adjective (rather than a verb) on the grade school or jr. high playground bsck in the 1960s? If not getting "cancelled" requires having experienced an epiphany, that epiphany should not have had to occur in childhood (much less in utero).
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