Actor Levar Burton, known for “Star Trek” and “Roots,” has stated that he thinks the phrase “cancel culture” is an incorrect name, and that a correct name for the movement should be “consequence culture.” This movement has flourished in America and is trying to hold people accountable for what is seen as past sins.
While talking with co-host Meghan McCain on “The View,” Burton was questioned about the controversy taking place around Dr. Seuss and his estate’s decision to stop the publishing of six of his books for the presence of racist imagery.
“What do you think of that decision and about the cancel culture surrounding works of art or artists that are controversial?” McCain questioned.
“You know what, it’s interesting because I just, for the Seuss foundation, did a voiceover for a video they have put together to remind us that Dr. Seuss is more than simply a company that decided to put a couple of books on the shelf, to take them out of that rotation,” Burton stated. “That man, Theodor Geisel, is responsible for generations of wholesome, healthy, wonderful, creative content for children of all ages. So, I think we need to put things in perspective.”
Burton went on to say that were are “good signs” going on in the culture currently.
“In terms of cancel culture, I think it’s misnamed. That’s a misnomer,” Burton stated. “I think we have a consequence culture, and that consequences are finally encompassing everybody in the society, whereas they haven’t been ever in this country. I think there are good signs that are happening in the culture right now. I think it has everything to do with a new 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.”
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Burton’s rejection of the idea that cancel culture is something to be feared follows suit with Marvel actor Don Cheadle who recently said that cancel culture is “not really real.”
“I guess it’s real to the degree that you listen to that noise. I don’t know that people are purely canceled because … I don’t know that there are any pure irredeemable situations unless it’s been deemed, not that you have said something off, but that you are that way and that there is stuff in your past that is consistent with that thing that you said, that one-off thing that looked like a one-off moment,” Cheadle stated to Fox News earlier in the year.
Cheadle went on to add that social media has created a “live by the sword, die by the sword” mentality and that people who often participate in it are dismayed when the created system is turned back on them.