Don Cheadle has opened up about his thoughts regarding cancel culture in a new interview, calling the phenomenon a 'fabrication' and 'not really re
Don Cheadle has opened up about his thoughts regarding cancel culture in a new interview, calling the phenomenon a ‘fabrication’ and ‘not really real’.
The actor, who is very vocal about his political beliefs on Twitter, made the comments in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, in which he was asked whether he’s ever hesitant to share his opinions out of fear his career may be impacted.
‘I think if you live by the sword, you die by the sword,’ Cheadle, 56, responded. ‘I think that cancel culture, a lot of that is just a fabrication. It’s not really real. I don’t think a lot of people who are crying about being canceled are really “canceled.”‘
The Marvel star went on to say that those targeted by cancel culture have merely received ‘flack and blowback’, but they want ‘to talk about it in terms of something that is untoward or unfair.’
‘To have some belief that there was going to be fairness in social media, to begin with, is a bit of a fallacy,’ he said. ‘You’re playing around on the third rail and things can turn on you fast.’
Don Cheadle has opened up about his thoughts regarding cancel culture in a new interview, calling the phenomenon a ‘fabrication’ and ‘not really real’
Cheadle further noted that he doesn’t believe that people are ‘purely canceled’ for one controversial statement or moment alone, rather because of a pattern of past behavior that is consistent with the action or statement being scrutinized.
‘I don’t know that there are any pure irredeemable situations unless it’s been deemed, not that you have said something off, but that you are that way and that there is stuff in your past that is consistent with that thing that you said, that one-off thing that looked like a one-off moment,’ he said.
Cheadle also proclaimed that he believed it was ‘easy’ to get into trouble in Twitter because the platform is ‘just moment to moment’, but said for those who want to be vocal about current or trending issues, ‘that’s the risk you take’.
‘If you want to poke your head up and be a loud voice, then you take the risk of the culture looking at you and going, “Yeah, I don’t want to listen to you. Next.” That’s what it is. Don’t play,’ he said.
Cheadle, a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump during his term in office, told Fox News he was ‘hopeful’ for country in the four years ahead under the Biden administration, but pledged to continue to hold US leaders accountable.
‘I’m definitely more hopeful for the future. But I do think that hope without action is fruitless. And we have to, for all of our leaders, continue to be vocal and continue to be constituents that speak up and show up.
‘If there is no political cost often for these candidates and for people who get into office and become our representatives, they don’t feel any pressure to do anything.’
Cheadle added that ‘hope is great, but action is better.’
The actor, who is frequently vocal about his political beliefs on Twitter, made the comments in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, in which he was asked whether he’s ever hesitant to share his opinions out of fear his career may be impacted
The 56-year-old Oscar nominee has been involved in a number of high-profile social media clashes in recent years, most recently with his Marvel co-star Letitia Wright after she posted an anti-vaxxer video on Twitter back in December.
The 27-year-old actress shared a link to a video from the YouTube channel On The Table, in which ‘prophet’ Tomi Arayomi questioned the safety and effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine, sharing a series of baseless conspiracies.
Cheadle was among those to call out the actress, but said that he ‘would not throw her away’ over it.
Wright had tweeted of the backlash: ‘If you don’t conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself….you get cancelled.’
In a since-deleted tweet, Cheadle responded: ‘Bye Letitia’, a play on the dismissive phrase ‘Bye Felicia’.
After finding the offending video, Cheadle watched it and said he would ‘not defend’ Wright for posting it.
The Hotel Rwanda star wrote: ‘jesus… just scrolled through. hot garbage. every time i stopped and listened, he and everything he said sounded crazy and fkkkd up. i would never defend anybody posting this. but i still won’t throw her away over it. the rest i’ll take off twitter. had no idea.’
The 56-year-old Oscar nominee has been involved in a number of high-profile social media clashes in recent years, most recently with his Marvel co-star Letitia Wright (above)
Wright called people out for canceling her for a popular opinion ashter she shared an anti-vaxxer video
After being drawn into the Twitter row, Wright’s Marvel co-star Don Cheadle called the video shared by Wright ‘hot garbage’ and what was said in it ‘F****d up’
In a 2017 thread of tweets, Cheadle expressed his distaste for Donald Trump and accused him of previously using a racial slur.
‘Hated him since he asked my friend’s father at a Doral pro-am if he’d ever “f*cked a ni**er…” Did it for me …,’ Cheadle wrote on March 4 that year.
‘Many already know this to be his nature,’ he wrote in another post. ‘It’s not hidden. And those who can’t see it, might never. The story would have changed a little.’
When pressed by a fan about the incident, Cheadle explained, ‘They were in a 4ball together. The Donald thought they were all “like minded.” Mistook their shock for disgust. He went on to clarify, ‘No, no, it’s great!’ and some more stuff before they just teed off in silence.’
In August 2016, he also called Trump a ‘POS’ in a tweet, when Trump responded to the shooting of the cousin of basketball star Dwayne Wade to suggest that African-Americans would vote for him.
‘Sorry. I misspelled “die in a grease fire”, he followed up in a subsequent post.
Cheadle also wore a retro Soviet Union hockey jersey with President Trump’s name featured on the back as he hosted SNL in February 2019, a reference to the Special Counsel’s investigation into his alleged ties with Russia.
Cheadle wore a retro Soviet Union hockey jersey with President Trump’s name featured on the back as he hosted SNL in February 2019, in an attempt to mock his alleged ties to Russia.
Earlier this week, Cheadle starred in a Super Bowl advert alongside his lookalike brother Colin for Michelob ULTRA Organic Seltzer.
While the ad appears at first glance to be chocked full of huge stars, such as Sylvester Stallone and Usher, Cheadle, 56, is the only true star in the commercial.
The creative ad explores the juxtaposition of what’s real and what’s fake in the world around us, while poking some fun at celebrity dopplegangers.
Cheadle told Fox he hoped the ad and game would be a welcome distraction for fans after a tough year, calling it ‘a nice way to have three hours away from everything else.’