A new poll revealed that most of America views “cancel culture” as a threat to their freedom as a growing list of celebrities, public figures, and even children’s books are getting axed.
In a recent Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll, sixty-four percent of Americans surveyed believe “a growing cancel culture is a “threat to their freedom. When asked how big of an issue cancel culture is in late March, 36% responded that it was a “big problem,” while 32% think it’s a “moderate problem.” 20% of the 1,945 registered voters surveyed view it as a “small problem,” while a minority of 13% said it’s “not a problem.”
In recent months cancel culture has claimed the careers of celebrities like Gina Carano, who was fired from Disney+ hit “The Mandalorian” for comparing modern conservatives to Nazi-era Jews, and “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison, who stepped down from his post after commenting on the backlash against a former contestant for Confederate flag photo that resurfaced from years ago.
“This is, again, where we all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion,” Harrison remarked. “I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet. And until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this?”
That comment was apparently all it took for the reality host to lose his job, and more than half of Americans are afraid the same thing could happen to them. 54% of the people surveyed were “concerned” that the opinions they expressed online could lead to being banned or fired from their jobs.
“It is a chilling finding that most people in the country now are afraid they would be fired if they expressed their real views on social media,” said director of the survey Mark Penn. “The public generally gives negative ratings to social media companies and sees the movement as more about censorship rather than trying to correct wrongs. It is growing as a national issue.”