Gen Z defends cancel culture as ‘positive thing’ on Dr. Phil ‘Zoomers vs Boomers’ debate
Phil McGraw, better known as Dr. Phil, hosted a verbal brawl between members of baby boomers and Generation Z over issues such as cancel culture, with one guest stating that it was a “positive” that people could be punished for insulting others.
In the episode “Boomers vs. Zoomers: An Old-Age Debate,” Dr. Phil asked the younger crowd of Generation Z, “Why aren’t comedians even willing to come to college campuses anymore because they’re too scared to go say something insulting?”
One young content creator named Victoria suggested that “the social ramifications have always been there,” and said, “I think we as a generation are becoming more aware of the extent of bigotry, even if it is in the form of a joke, Really negatively affects people. And so I think while the social ramifications are not new, what we punish people for saying is changing. And I think that’s a positive thing.”
Another young TikTok artist named Neekolul, who helped popularize the “Ok, Boomer” meme, suggested, “The stereotypes used in stand-up comedies are simply – it’s just, like, it’s not good anymore. So you can say whatever you want, but you should. Also be prepared for the repercussions of what you say.”
Conservative commentator Brad Polumbo responded, “I’m not free to say whatever you want if I get fired for an off-color joke. How would you feel when you were the one who didn’t conform to today’s social norms?”
Victoria told Polombo that while people canceling what they say is nothing new, it is now being done for more morally sound reasons:
“I guess you’re still acting like that, it’s a new thing, though. People have been fired for things they said forever, but now we’re witnessing an era, if you’re disrespectful or bigoted toward someone, you’ve been fired because of it, I don’t consider That’s a bad thing.”
Dr. Phil replied, “The point is that the bottom line has already gone down.”
Greg Lukyanov, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, explained that rates of depression among young people are on the rise, and there is nothing historically normal about the current form of abolition culture.
“I really want to touch on the idea that what is currently happening with respect to freedom of expression is by no means normal,” he warned. “We checked our latest data on attempts to cancel professors on campus. It’s 770. It includes firing over 40 consistent professors. You didn’t have these kinds of numbers even during the McCarthyite period. So the idea that this is just business as usual is just plain wrong.” They’re going to study this in 100 years and they’ll be like, “What on Earth happened?”
Dr. Phil recounted how the phenomenon wokeness and abolition of culture It really started spreading in America when people started associating words with physical violence.
“Yeah, that really started coming up around 2013, 14, when they started medicalizing these words basically by saying, ‘It hurts me, it hurts me,'” the host said.
“You know, I grew up with old sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you.” But that changed when they started saying, “It hurts. I don’t feel safe. Now the matter will have to be dealt with by management,” Dr. Phil said.
“I feel like we just want to be heard,” TikTok creator BryanTheDiamond later said. “I don’t think there is necessarily any error [with that]. I don’t think that makes us fragile. I think we want our voice to be heard.”