The New York Times

The New York Times 18 Nov 2019

What Cancel Culture Looked Like in the Middle Ages

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The internet didn't invent the angry mob.

In the satirical Video Op-Ed above, cancel culture is reimagined with the help of a medieval mob. Pray thee, the video begs, is there any room left for transgression?

These days, it seems like everyone's being canceled — from celebrities like Louis C.K. and Kanye West to ordinary high-schoolers. Some cancellations are temporary (we're looking at you, Aziz Ansari). Some seem permanent (has anyone even seen R. Kelly?). But all are very public. And rarely is an apology good enough. Even more rare: redemption.

Last month, former President Obama News">Barack Obama urged young people to leave cancel culture behind. "This idea of purity and you're never compromised and you're always politically ‘woke' and all that stuff" he said, "you should get over that quickly."

A mob quickly rose to the defense of cancel culture, sprinkled with a bit of "O.K. Boomer" judgment. For a brief moment, we wondered: Could even President Obama be canceled?


Briefing by Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, during the Security Council Open VTC.

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said, "the dangerous prospect of annexation by Israel of parts of the occupied West Bank is a growing threat. If such a move were implemented, it would constitute a serious violation of international law, deal a devastating blow to the two-state solution, close the door to a renewal of negotiations, and threaten efforts to advance regional peace."

Briefing the Security Council via video link 23 Apr, Mladenov noted that on 20 April, the two leading political parties in Israel signed a coalition agreement to form a government. While the two sides reiterated a commitment to advance peace agreements and cooperate with Israel's neighbors, they also agreed on advancing annexation of parts of the West Bank, starting 1 July 2020. The Palestinian Authority has threatened that if this move takes place, it will cancel the implementation of all bilateral agreements.

Despite these worrying developments, Mladenov also said that he is encouraged that the COVID-19 crisis has also created some opportunities for cooperation and stated that he hopes these opportunities will not be undermined or destroyed if the political context between Israel and the Palestinian Authority deteriorates.

He said, "the recognition of this interdependence, if there is political will, can translate into tangible progress towards resolving the conflict."

He "strongly" urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to "seize this moment to take steps towards peace, to reject unilateral moves that will only deepen the wedge between the two peoples and undermine the chances for peace."

Aside from the immediate health concerns on COVID-19, Mladenov also highlighted that the pandemic can take a severe toll on the broader socio-economic situation.

He noted that if current trends continue, the damage to the economy risks the very existence of the Palestinian Authority. Revenues from trade, tourism and transfers have declined to their lowest levels in the last two decades. The PA fiscal gap for 2020 will likely exceed USD 1 billion.

The Special Coordinator said, "Israel has a critical responsibility to ensure the well-being and safety of people under its control. As a result of the occupation, the Palestinian Authority has limited sway over its economy and does not have access to the conventional monetary and fiscal tools necessary to remedy the crisis."
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Get your self-gratification! Can't have a canceling without self-gratification!
You are hereby sentenced to be publicly canceled
by having thy head smoked —
This will be a good one.
Yea, love a good canceling!
She’s been canceled, yeah?
Shh!
Shut out, on the bog pile of shame
for the crime of saying something offensive
11 years ago!
[cheers]
11 years ago! Let’s judge past statements
by present-day perspective.
It's like saying the same thing today, kinda!
Don’t I get a trial?
No!
This is a canceling.
No due process.
We are the jury!
Our anger makes us qualified.
Plus, we’re all perfect. Yea,
we’re all perfect! You may be granted a
reprieve if you apologize.
Of course, I apologize.
I’m sorry that you were offended. Sorry
that we’re offended?
That's a non-apology.
That’s worse than saying nothing.
Well, if apologizing makes it worse,
what’s the point of apologizing at all?
She hates apologizing! Cancel her even more.
Cancel her!
Fare thee well,
and may you never again utter the phrase,
“[Expletive] the peasants!”
[gasps]
He just said something bad about peasants.
I‘m a peasant,
and I'm offended.
No, I said, uh,
she said, “[Expletive] the peasants!”
Oh my god!
He said it again.
No, I love peasants.
I would never say “[Expletive] — ”
Cancel him! [chanting]
I apologize, unreservedly.
That’s not a good enough apology.
I thought it was all right. An apology apologist!
He’s for apologies.
Get him.
Oh hang on hang on.
I’m confused.
Are we against him, for being for apologies?
Or against her, for being against apologies? Because —
That's irrelevant.
What matters is that you're angry.
Cancel him! [chanting]
But we’re supposed to be canceling her!
Well, that was whole minutes ago.
Who knows?
Things we say today might be offensive in the future.
She’s right, you might have offended me in the future.
Well, you might be offending me in the future right now.
Pre-cancel! Pre-cancel! It's a pre-canceling!
I hereby increase your taxes by 150 percent.
No? Well, I'm going to burn your crops too.
I’ll just get on with it then, shall I?
Could I come along? Yes, yes please.
Age before beauty!

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