In May 2016, Mandy Stadtmiller wrote a first-person essay about her husband being a supporter of Donald Trump. She was inundated with messages urging her to divorce him. She lost a couple of “close” friends. She grew increasingly disillusioned from the New York media clique she was once eager to join.
“It was crazy-making to have a lot of people telling me, ‘You’re wrong, you’re wrong, you’re wrong,’” Ms. Stadtmiller said.
She also experienced a “chill in work,” she said. “Some of the top decision makers at different media outlets very much made it clear they were not as excited to use me as they once had been,” she said.
Lion of the Blogosphere, on the spread of political cooties — secondary boycotts to enforce political leftism:
So this woman, who isn’t a Trump supporter herself, but because she is married to a Trump supporter and didn’t divorce him (and wrote a cute but rather pointless essay about it), she is prevented from getting jobs in mainstream media. And many of her “friends” in the “New York media clique” stopped being friends with her to punish her for whom she was married to.
It should be pointed out that, according to exit polls, 57% of married men in the United States who voted, voted for Trump. The majority of married women in the United States whose husbands vote are married to men who voted for Trump.
More from the NY Times, on being cancelled:
Katie Herzog was a largely unknown freelance journalist living in Seattle. Then she published an article in The Stranger about trans people who halt or reverse transitions. Two days later she started getting hate mail.
“It is, by far, the most-read thing I’ve ever written,” Ms. Herzog said. It also made her “wildly reviled.” Seattle residents burned stacks of The Stranger and posted stickers calling Ms. Herzog a transphobe.
Ms. Herzog lost “dozens” of friends over the article, she said. She soon felt unwelcome at lesbian bars. She began to hesitate to give strangers her name. She felt like a “pariah” in her hometown, she said, and eventually moved out of Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.
Her main social contacts now are her live-in girlfriend and a small group of older female friends. “I’m not invited to brunch anymore,” Ms. Herzog said.
The term for people who have been thrust out of social or professional circles in this way — either online or in the real world or sometimes both — is “canceled.” …
There are varying degrees of cancellation. Bill Cosby, R. Kelly, Harvey Weinstein and other men have been canceled for serial sexual assault or harassment; non-famous abusers and predatory media executives have been canceled as well.
The merely offensive (Roseanne Barr, Shane Gillis) are somewhere down the scale, adjacent to the provocative or clueless or callous (Dave Chappelle, Scarlett Johansson).
At the bottom end, cancellation consists of some mild, inconsequential criticism. On YouTube, vloggers cancel each other and even themselves with startling regularity, often for petty or invented grievances. …
It’s pretty common nowadays:
Alice Dreger, a former Northwestern University professor, estimated she has counseled “about 100” people through their experiences being canceled. …
“Katie thought what we all thought: The truth will save me. That’s what Galileo thought, too, and he died under house arrest. The same thing has happened to us.”
It happened to my wife and me when I did a “60 Minutes” interview in 2008 in which I pointed out that there was no evidence for the carbon dioxide theory of global warming, it’s just theoretical, and the evidence is somewhat against it. Around the same time, Joanne started what is now one of the world’s biggest climate-skeptic blogs after discovering to her immense surprise that I was right.