WATCH: LeVar Burton Explains That Consequence Culture Is For Everyone
What the right calls “cancel culture” is a rebranding of the longstanding way that the public “votes with their wallets” by choosing to support individuals and businesses they feel are doing the right thing, and to not support those that they feel are harmful to society. On the left, many have taken to calling it “consequence culture” instead, saying that there are natural consequences for behavior that is harmful, or (more capitalistically) not aligned with the consumer base.
Conservatives have long called for boycotts of brands and companies, or even celebrities and athletes (Colin Kaepernick is one example) for their political or social activities. On the left, there have been boycotts of companies like Chick-Fil-A, over the founder’s anti-gay statements, and the company’s donations to organizations known for anti-gay discrimination.
However, while boycotts of Chick-Fil-A were countered by right-wing “buy-cotts” that resulted in record crowds and lines at the fast-food franchise locations, there seems to have been a cultural shift. Now, right-wing public figures are being kicked off social media for inciting violence or for racially-based harassment, and conservatives aren’t happy about it.
Speaking to Megan McCain on The View, LeVar Burton explained it this way: “I think we have a consequence culture, and consequences are finally encompassing everyone in society.”
“There are good signs happening in the culture right now, and I think they have to do with an awareness on people who were simply unaware of the real nature of life in this country, for people who have been othered since this nation began.”
Burton, who is preparing to guest host Jeopardy!, is a vocal advocate for social justice, and retweeted a portion of his statements on ‘cancel culture,’ declaring, “I said it and I stand by it.”
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) April 26, 2021