It’s official: the left has created a monster with its ever-growing cancel culture. The proof lies in the fact that more and more progressive organizations are canceling their own creations out of fear that if they don’t, others will.
Case and point: Hulu just pulled a 1980’s episode of “The Golden Girls” in the fear that someone would see its characters wearing a mud facial as blackface.
That’s right. The liberal-minded streaming service took an innocent episode of “The Gold Girls” third season out of its line up out of fear.
The episode features a scene in which an interracial engagement has ensued between the young son of one of the show’s prominent white characters and an older black woman. Now, on just about any other show, this has the potential to be rather serious, if not awkward and tense. But this show isn’t particularly known for its seriousness, quite the opposite actually.
During this particular episode, the character of Dorothy, played by Bea Arthur, finds out her 20-something son is about to marry a much older woman, who is also black. Naturally, as engagements and weddings go, the intended two’s families come together to get acquainted. It just so happens that when they do, the woman’s family – her mother and two aunts – meet Dorothy while she and a friend are undergoing a mud facial treatment.
Enter the comic relief of Betty White. Her character, upon meeting the visiting family, announces, “This is mud on our faces. We’re not really black.”
The line, as well as the surrounding conversation, is all meant to be a joke. It isn’t blackface, and if anything is a joke about blackface.
But when the wokeness of the cancel culture has become too much for even the left, it leaves people a little crazy. They read too much into things and give things like harmless sitcom episodes underlying meanings they were never meant to have.
As one social media user said of Hulu’s recent decision, “The politically correct mob is truly the most racist. They will look for racism anywhere and they will find it because it’s all they see.”
And I have to agree.
True, this scene could have been diabolically racial and demeaning. However, thanks to the quick wit of the writers, it was instead tastefully funny. In fact, the episode even portrayed beliefs that the “politically correct” left claims to agree with, making progressively held points about both race and relationships.
And some of them noticed as conservatives were not the only ones to criticize the recent decision. Some even claimed that such a move somehow belittles the current Black Lives Matter movement, making it look “petty” and stupid.
One person said, “Just so you know, [email protected] ppl never asked for that lol. They’re doing that so ppl can criticize the BLM movement.”
Another commented, “They’re DEFINITELY bringing this to the extreme so the general public will get fired up and start complaining when companies do something like this, this way companies don’t have to care about racial issues anymore to be on the public’s side.”
But this one takes the cake.
“Absolutely no one asked for this. Not a single soul. Not one individual on the planet. They’re just trying to undermine the BLM movement and make it look petty.”
And while it does do that for sure, BLM didn’t really need any help in that area. They were doing a pretty good job of that all on their own.
When Black Lives Matter has put so much pressure on local law enforcement that they can’t save a black man from getting shot and killed, there’s obviously a problem. When innocent children are just as equally shot and killed, all in the name of BLM and social justice, pettiness is most certainly seen.
No sane person looks at the looting, rioting, and property destruction going on and says, ‘Yep, that will help our nation heal.’ Neither do we see wisdom and equality in taking the only people who have been trained to protect and serve off the job.
The left may think all of this is drawing attention to racial and inequality issues. But in reality, little sense is being made at all. And America is noticing.