Since I just wrote about a trans person behaving like a nut, I thought I’d close out this Friday by sharing a video from a trans person who, in my opinion, is just the opposite. Natalie Wynn makes long, thoughtful videos about contemporary social issues. Back in 2018 I wrote about a video she made about Jordan Peterson. Even though I ultimately disagreed with the argument she made in that video I thought her presentation of the issues was pretty balanced and fair-minded. As you may have noticed, those are qualities that seem to be in short supply these days.
Recently, Wynn released a new video about cancel culture which is not only reasonable and thoughtful but which I happen to agree with completely. Wynn critcizes both the left and right in this clip but the core of her argument is a response to a specific (and popular) progressive idea, i.e. there’s no such thing as cancel culture, just accountability for people in power.
Wynn argues that cancel culture is actually a distinct phenomenon, though not necessarily a new one. The distinction she arrives at is fairly simple: Cancel culture isn’t aimed at disagreement with ideas or changing minds, it’s aimed at isolating and punishing people who’ve been judged the enemy. As Wynn says early on in the clip, “We do have a teensy bit of a reign-of-terror situation on our hands.”