On Monday night, former President Barack Obama was doing an interview with CNN host Anderson Cooper, in which he warned of the “dangers of cancel culture.” This was a very unexpected act from him, considering the fact that cancel culture has become a crucial tool for the left over the past few years to silence any sort of opposition.
“A lot of the dangers of cancel culture and ‘we’re just going to be condemning people all the time,’ at least among my daughters, they’ll acknowledge that among their peer group or in college campuses, you’ll see people going overboard,” the former President said, according to The Hill.
He also said that his two daughters Malia and Sasha have a “pretty good sense of: look we don’t expect everybody to be perfect we don’t expect everybody to politically correct all the time.”
“But we are gonna call out institutions or individuals if they are being cruel, if they are, ya know, discriminating against people,”
“We do want to raise awareness.”
Former President Barack Obama says cancel culture goes “overboard,” but highlights calling out “institutions or individuals if they are being cruel.” pic.twitter.com/2Se5EECmGn
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Previously, back in 2019, he spoke out against a “woke” culture that doesn’t forgive people for mistakes they may have made in the eyes of the public.
“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly,” Obama said then. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”
The former President stated at the time that attacking people on social media for the mistakes they made is “not activism.”
“Like, if I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right or used the wrong verb, then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself because ‘man, you see how woke I was, I called you out,’” Obama said.
He also took the chance during the interview with Cooper to attack both the Republican Party and the man that replaced him, former President Donald Trump.
“We have to worry, when one of our major political parties is willing to embrace a way of thinking about our democracy that would be unrecognizable and unacceptable even five years ago or a decade ago,” he said.