Cries of 'cancel culture' is really just people trying to shield themselves from being called out: columnist
Fox News host Tucker Carlson (screen grab)

Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart called out whiners who have been labeling accountability as "cancel culture."

Over the past several weeks, Fox News has desperately tried to manifest a culture war by blaming "liberals" for "canceling" things like Mr. Potato Head, The Muppets and Dr. Seuss. None of the things were "canceled" and none had anything to do with "the left," rather it was the free market that resulted in the cancelation.

"'Woke supremacy' ranks up there with that tired crutch of the right known as 'cancel culture,'" said Capehart. "The purpose of both phrases is to shield folks from criticism when they are called out for their actions or their deeply ignorant musings that peddle in racism, xenophobia or misogyny. It is also used to deny dignity to those of us who rise up and demand it in defiance of a dominant culture that depends on our silence. Or, in the case of Scott, complicity in maintaining that silence."

Somehow, Fox News has attempted to twist the meaning of the idea of "canceling" to being about silly and simple things instead of racists, sexists, homophobes and transphobes and hate.

Capehart closed by launching into Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), who invented the idea of "woke supremacy" to justify his own hate of Black Lives Matter.

"I defy Scott to ask the families of those murdered in that 2015 slaughter whether something as ridiculous as 'woke supremacy' is as bad as white supremacy," wrote Capehart. "I defy him to ask the families of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, Elijah McClain, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, Daniel Prude, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor — to name a few — whether the pernicious power of white supremacy contributed to the loss of their loved one.

"Scott has nothing to say to them on that score, I bet. Given his track record, his silence is golden, lest he prove himself a fool — again," Capehart said.

Read the full editorial at the Washington Post.