Andrey (azangru) wrote,

I think my first observation of an incident that would follow the pattern later to be called "cancel culture" happened in late 2013 — early 2014, after a minor Russian halfwit celebrity, Ivan Okhlobystin, colorfully expressed his hatred of gays. Okhlobystin was creative director at Evroset, a mobile phone retailer, and there were loud demands that Evroset give him the boot. At first, Evroset tried to play the "everyone has a right to their opinion" card, but they soon caved in. I remember my incredulity about the situation, because I held a strong conviction that one’s personal opinions, if they do not interfere with the person’s ability to do their job, should not be grounds for that person’s dismissal. I still hold this opinion, but at least I have gotten used to this pattern by now.

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