How Cancel Culture Impacts Young Conservatives
The fear is very real
Many people have opinions about Cancel Culture. We see the attacks on conservative public figures, and while they might be ugly attacks for sure, the mob goes after those who usually have a fighting chance.
But what about those with so much to lose?
From the Badger Institute:
Young conservatives in Wisconsin say the threat of being ostracized or losing their jobs over their political ideas is very real to them. In the soul-searching that followed the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 election, attention turned to young Republican voters in an effort to plot the direction of the party. When the Badger Institute recently went out to talk to those voters about the health of conservative ideas, we found that people were incredibly skeptical. Some refused to speak; others wanted anonymity. All were worried about being “canceled” by a culture intolerant of their beliefs.
And why not when so many of the targets are successful and influential: Tucker Carlson, the conservative populist with a huge audience on Fox News; Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, whose fiscal conservatism is regularly twisted and pilloried; and J.K. Rowling, creator of the “Harry Potter” empire, for challenging the transgender rights movement.
As of this writing, rapper Nicki Minaj, hardly a conservative gadfly, faces a full-on cancel siege for posting on Twitter skeptical — and questionable — opinions about COVID-19 vaccines.
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