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Beloved children’s TV show host and “Star Trek” actor LeVar Burton appeared on Monday’s episode of “The View,” where he and co-host Meghan McCain discussed cancel culture.
During the exchange, Burton said that people should look at cancel culture as being more “consequence culture” than anything and suggested the movement serves as a large-scale teachable moment for culture.
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The exchange began when McCain asked Burton — who hosts the popular podcast “LeVar Burton Reads” — to express his feelings about the cancellation of certain Dr. Seuss books over what Dr. Seuss Enterprises said was racist and insensitive imagery.
“What do you think of that decision, and about the cancel culture surrounding works of art or artists that are controversial?” she began.
Burton responded that the entire situation ought to be put in perspective to fully understand what happened.
“That man, Theodore Geisel, is responsible for generations of wholesome, healthy, wonderful, creative content for children of all ages,” he explained. “So I think we need to put things in perspective.”
He went on to say that the term “cancel culture” is a misnomer and that removing a negative connotation from the phrase could perhaps make the concept more palatable to some of today’s society.
“I think it’s misnamed,” Burton responded. “That’s a misnomer. I think we have a consequence culture, and that consequences are finally encompassing everybody in this society, whereas they haven’t been ever in this country.”
Burton also explained that he believes the new age of accountability is human progress and praised the “good signs that are happening in the culture right now.”
“I think it has everything to do with a new awareness by people who were simply unaware of the real nature of life in this country for people who have been othered since this nation began,” he added.
LeVar Burton schools Meghan McCain on ‘cancel culture’