Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Second Chance

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

I was surprised to see Jeffrey Toobin on Wolf Blitzer's show this morning. I thought that after having been fired last year by The New Yorker for accidentally exposing himself to colleagues on a Zoom call, he'd be gone forever, his career dead. But, apparently, CNN retained him as chief legal analyst, and after taking some time off he's now back commenting on the removal of Trump Organization's chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg.

According to For Harriet's Kimberly Foster, cancel culture applies to a range of actions. It can include "everything from people with the most money and privilege in our society getting push back for saying things others found distasteful to regular everyday people losing their jobs for relatively minor infractions" to completely rejecting a person or a business. Toobin, whether or not his masturbating during a Zoom call can be considered a minor infraction, could've been canceled, but he wasn't. Perhaps what we need is to hold people accountable for their actions instead of simply canceling them. 

Amid this prevailing culture of relentlessly calling out and expunging people for their problematic actions, it's astonishing to see that some people, like Toobin, are given that rare second chance—the opportunity to change, to learn from and make amends for their past misdeeds. 

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