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Column: Netflix Reveals The Vulnerability of Cancel Culture Movement

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All high school bullies eventually expose themselves as weak, shallow, and unintimidating. A bully’s power lasts only while people cower in fear. Once someone ignores him or pushes back, his power is gone. The moment his target finally stands up to him, the bully crumbles in humiliation.

The bullies of society at large are no different. We can call this group the outrage mob, the far-Left, or miserable losers — they all work.

Because so few have stood up to these progressive hyenas over the years, the group has grown victorious. It’s maddening to see because they have such limited reach. See, the cancel culture movement doesn’t sway everyday Americans — most people despise its participants. Offended vultures, such as the writers at the New York Times and Slate, don’t impact TV ratings, ticket sales, or the thoughts of loved ones. Instead, they control corporate executives, a group that is afraid of negative messaging.

Aggressive left-wing blue checks, the faces of the movement, add victims to the mantle by influencing the bosses of a potential target and warning them about the negative publicity that would ensue, should they continue to employ the usually but not limited to “racist” person. As long as decision-makers respond to angry journalists and TV hosts, the outrage mob on social media keeps gaining ground.

But what if corporations across the country stopped listening? What if leading companies just ignored hateful tweets for 36 hours? What would happen? The answer is encouraging. When executives don’t respond, they reduce unreasonable calls to action to a nub.

Since last week, the media and its extensions on social media have declared comedian Dave Chappelle Enemy No. 1 after his latest Netflix special, The Closer. According to Twitter users, Chappelle offended the LGBTQ community, particularly its black members. In response, writers, tweeters, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organization (GLAAD), the National Black Justice Coalition, and low-level Netflix employees gathered together and demanded that Netflix remove Chappelle’s show.

Undoubtedly, the progressive coalition expected to claim another victory at Chappelle’s expense. None of them fathomed that Netflix wouldn’t bow to their commands.

In an unexpected plot twist, Netflix Inc. co-Chief Executive Officer Ted Sarandos defended Chappelle. First, Sarandos told crying critics that Netflix would not remove Chappelle’s special. Netflix’s other CEO, Reed Hastings, then told employees that Chappelle is a “unique voice” and that the company would “continue to work with him in the future.”

Netflix said it heard the outcry and that it’s not afraid.

So what happens next? Nothing. Hit pieces wield only the power in which the subject’s employer grants the outlet in response. By saying no, Netflix dismantled any influence social media algorithms had over the company. Thus, The Closer and Chappelle survived

Some of Netflix’s employees are planning one more last-ditch effort. A group of transgender employees at Netflix has encouraged staff to stage a walkout to protest the company’s defense of Chapelle.

That won’t work, either. This week, Netflix suspended three employees — including Terra Field, a transgender worker who has spoken out against Chappelle previously — who crashed an executive meeting. The streaming service is not turning its power over to unknown off-air employees.

Netflix just effortlessly demonstrated that to evade destruction from without, a company has to ignore the radical detractors from within. A stunning revelation.

In a September interview with OutKick, Megyn Kelly recognized the woke’s vulnerability.

“The woke is an annoying, probably 10-11% group, that won’t shut up and is incredibly squeaky. But I believe they can be stopped.”

The thought police are not intimidating. They are an unimpressive group with a game plan that relies entirely upon retweets to over-index their messaging. Only a trapped animal would do as they demand.

And the mediocrity of the outrage mob also reveals another important element of this dynamic: every employee who has been fired for decade-old tweets, out-of-context viral videos, and the usage of the wrong pronouns has fallen victim not to the mob, but to the cowardice of their former employers.

Never before has such a small, insignificant, and weak group of troops had such an impact on society. America’s culture changed when masculinity vanished and fear began to outweigh common sense.

Progressives do not have the supporters, size, spine, or presence to enforce change through action. Therefore, their words have replaced actions in terms of a threat. Somehow, Ivy League-educated decision-makers fear misleading backlash more than declines in their content’s interest.

Netflix allowing a comedian to make jokes is barely heroic, though it seems that way. How can it not? Netflix has chosen to operate as a functional service, not a subordinate to unappeasable social media trolls. That should more than compensate for the number of Facebook users who posted pictures of their Netflix cancellation notifications after Chappelle’s special.

Netflix exposed how weak these people are and how thin their resources stretch. The company’s CEOs revealed how the woke’s attempted takeover of society has noticeable chinks in its armor.

That easily, Netflix and Dave Chappelle humiliated these feeble insects like a bully on the playground. Now, the mob moves on to plan its next ambush and hopes for better results.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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  1. Remember the Masters? The Blue Check marks wanted it moved because of the GA voter law. They wanted it re-named because a Master owned slaves. Augusta National didn’t even acknowledge them and just carried on business as usual and they moved on to something else to be outraged about.

  2. One stat I’d like to see is that of all the subscription cancellations that occurred because of this, maybe counted within one week of Netflix’s decision, how many resume their subscriptions within the next three months. Not that I truly care but it would be interesting.

  3. To tell the truth I have been having a great time playing with the unwashed, untalented, morons of wokeness. Just last week one of their crew was talking pronouns and such. I suggested he/she/it or them should use yourself as their preferred pronoun. As in go fuck yourself. The conversation ended quickly to the liking of both of us. Life goes on. I would suggest all of us meek sucker taxpayers residing in this fine country discovery our inner honey badger, stop accepting the lie, and stomp these losers like the bugs they are, and free ourselves from their misery.

  4. The best talking point in the article is about the left removing masculinity from society. The emasculation of men by the left is real, especially black men. There is nothing scarrier to Joe Biden than strong black men. What makes a man a man, a father (and extended family men) showing a kid how to be a man. We have now going on 4 generations of little black boys raised by mothers. All part of the Demokkkrats master plan.

    • Dems don’t like blacks who think for themselves. Not even necessarily those voting Republican…they don’t like black Independents either. They must stay on the Democrat plantation, or else they’re not “black”, and Biden has said as much, almost to the word. 90% isn’t enough for them. Those other 10% must be called Uncle Tom or “the black face of white supremacy”. Quite sad any way you look at it.

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