The actual headline of this Newsweek piece is “Conservatives Weaponize Cancel Culture to Tame Anti-Trump Celebrities.” This is so absurd on its face that I’m not sure where to begin. But let’s start with this point from Ramesh Ponnuru:
The use of "weaponize" here is priceless. https://t.co/F43NRxaSyW
— Ramesh Ponnuru (@RameshPonnuru) June 25, 2020
Saying the right is weaponizing cancel culture suggests they’ve taken something innocent and perverted it. That conveniently overlooks the fact that cancel culture was already weaponized. In fact, its whole point has always been to turn cultural hot-button issues into a partisan weapons against people. Saying the right is weaponizing cancel culture is like saying the U.S. Army is weaponizing grenades. It misses the whole nature of the thing.