Dr. Phil, aka Phil McGraw, moderated a verbal fight between Baby Boomers and Generation Z over topics like cancel culture. One of the guests suggested that it is a “good thing” because people can be punished for upsetting others.
Dr. Phil posed the question to the younger Gen Z audience on the program “Boomers vs. Zoomers: An Old-Age Debate”: “Why are comedians not even ready to come on college campuses now because they’re terrified to death they’ll say something that offends?”
In response to the claim that “social repercussions have always existed,” a young content producer named Victoria asserted, “I think that just as a generation we’re becoming more aware of how racism, even if it’s in the shape of a joke, really negatively impacts people.” So even though social repercussions are nothing new, I believe that what we punish people for speaking is evolving. And I believe that is a good thing.
Stereotypes employed in humorous stand-up are “just simply— just, like, not ok anymore,” according to Neekolul, a young TikTok artist who contributed to the “Ok, Boomer” meme’s viral success. You can thus say whatever you want, but you must also be prepared for the consequences of your words.
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Conservative commentator Brad Polumbo responded, “If you get fired for making an offensive joke, you’re not free to speak whatever you want.” How would you feel if you were the one who was against the societal mores of the time?
Although canceling someone based on what they say is not new, Victoria told Polumbo that it is now being done for more morally just reasons:
“I believe you’re still acting as though this is brand-new, though.” People have been dismissed for statements they have made for all of time, but today we are at a time where you can be fired for being disrespectful or racist toward someone, and I don’t see that as a bad thing.
The threshold has grown really low, Dr. Phil retorted.
The rates of sadness among young people are soaring, according to Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, and the present iteration of cancel culture is not what has historically been considered normal.
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He expressed concern, saying, “I really want to challenge the concept that what’s happening right now with regard to free speech is in any way normal.” We looked at the most recent information we have on attempts to have academics fired on campus. It’s 770. It involves the dismissal of more than 40 tenured teachers. Even under McCarthyism, these numbers weren’t available. The notion that this is just business as usual is thus completely false. In a century, people will look back on this and wonder, “What on earth happened? “
The growth of wokeness and cancel culture in America, according to Dr. Phil, began when individuals started to associate words with acts of physical violence.
Yes, the presenter added, “And this really got going around 2013 or 2014 when they started medicalizing these terms by stating, “This hurts me, this destroys me.”
I learned the proverb “sticks and stones may break your bones, but words shall never hurt you” when I was a child. However, when they started expressing their hurt, that changed. I’m not secure. Administration will now have to handle it,” Dr. Phil stated.