What Cancel Culture Looked Like in the Middle Ages | NYT Opinion

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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!


  1. am i watching a monty python short movie?

    This is brilliant

    Edit: why the f are there so many dislikes… bunch of uncultured

  2. And they're busy cancelling people they are distracted, oblivious to things that impacts them, like their taxes being increased.

  3. We have to rely on woke and cancel culture because there is no real justice in the world. We have terrible people in position of power making life miserable for vulnerable communities and the only way we have to fight back is by using our collective conscience.

    The establishment corporate bootlickers don't like it because it gives some power back to the people.

  4. This reminds me of when France had to outlaw duels bc nobles got so offended by everything they were dueling entire bloodlines to extinction.

  5. The New York Times and other liberal media outlets are the ones who created cancel culture. What gives you the right to satirize it now? You should be apologizing for promoting this stupidity.

  6. Except canceling a subscription or whatever is NOTHING like hanging a person to death. What an ironic way to accuse people of overreacting to stuff.

  7. You dont have to like someone's views but, everyone has a view. "Cancel" people who truly and objectively deserves it. Forgive them and move foward. REMINDER: empathy cultivates empathy; otherwise, it's all hate.

  8. 🤣😂🤣 This is hilarious, I'm SO happy comedians & the media are calling out these faux enlightened "woke" SJWs. They're usually the dumbest people in the room and seek recognition while pretending to be righteous.

  9. Alas,
    I see villagers from days of old through a device unbeknownst to them called "internet".
    It appears to read
    "New York Times". 😲
    Hmph.. 🤔
    I don't like the looks of these contraptions, they seem to bear no meaning in the dark times we know as "The Black Plague".☠💀
    Begone heathen digital space aliens! 😠
    We do not befriended such a creature as this.
    Be wary and make haste!
    🌲🌳🏃‍♂️…… 🤖👽
    That's why. 👶
    Mish Again
    *USA (L.L.C.)
    (copyright pending)

  10. As a NYT subscriber, I'm pretty disappointed in this vid. "Cancel culture" doesn't exist. The examples listed in the video description aren't even examples of being "cancelled". Kanye West is still a self-proclaimed billionaire. Louis CK still performs as a successful comedian. People like R. Kelly are simply facing the consequences of terrible behavior that they're no longer getting away with.

    If anything, videos like this give cover to people like Adam Carolla to continue saying offensive things and just scream about being "cancelled" whenever they face any backlash against it.

  11. That was perfect. Finally, people with brains and resources are willing to stand up to the vicious witch hunts perpetrated by people who don't believe in the spirit of the Constitution.

  12. And when everyone reached the most terrible peak of their empty and sinful passions, the Joker rose to a dais, stretched his lips to the sides with his fingers and smeared his smile with his blood.

  13. Saying all cancel culture is bad and there's no room for nuance is to engage in exactly the thing you say is bad. No one should be above criticism, and certainly no idea should be above criticism.

  14. Fair. Cancel culture tends to be exaggerated by conservatives who really want to think that they are oppressed or something

  15. 1. Not funny. at all, regardless of my feelings about the issue. 2. This is a FAKE issue ginned up by the Privileged. There is no cancel culture. 3. Promote this video instead youtube.com/watch?v=szybEhqUmVI 4. You can admit it, we all know this is Bret Stephens terrible terrible attempt at humor. He should go back to comparing his critics to Goebbels.

  16. People are assuming this is set in the past, but this video was actually taken in 2045 and sent back by a time traveler. After the great solar flare of '38 wiped out the internet, only cancel culture and cockney accents remained

  17. Ironic considering The New York Times massive contribution in the mob style attacks on presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard recently !

  18. A little ironic that this video comes from the NYT, because large media outlets like them have helped contribute to this "bread and circuses" kind of outrage culture while not giving adequate coverage of the things happening in the world that actually matter, like:
    – climate change
    – government corruption at all levels
    – corporate influence
    – the rich pillaging the working class
    – American poverty
    – massive political upheaval around the world

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