If you play by the rules of the cancel culture, the cancel culture rules. This is my response to being publicly disinvited from singing at a rally last Saturday, due to false allegations spread by Twitter trolls apparently being believed.
Some of you may have been following my own personal saga with a certain wing of what is increasingly referred to as “left cancel culture” or “callout culture.” The specific details aren’t especially important, as far as analyzing this whole social dynamic goes. But to the extent that the details matter, I’ll do my best to be succinct: the day after the Capitol siege, I interviewed Matthew Heimbach, privately, and extensively, wanting to talk to someone who might understand what was going on here. Matthew was an organizer of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, among many other awful things he’s been involved with, but more recently his perspective had changed radically (though this is a point of contention). It was a very interesting conversation, so I posted it on my YouTube channel (which has a diverse audience, not just leftwingers). I got a lot of people upset at me for doing that, and after ten days of sometimes heated discussion, I took down the interview, in the end agreeing that it should have been better contextualized, and that I should have been more familiar with the background of the person I was interviewing. To put it very plainly and clearly: I apologized for fucking up, and I took down the interview.
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