Fighting back against ‘cancel culture’
The story of an Iowa beer drinker shows that it’s possible to fight back against left-wing “cancel culture,” said Tiana Lowe. Twenty-four-year-old Carson King went viral last month after he was filmed in the background of an ESPN broadcast with a sign asking for donations to his “Busch Light Supply.” When viewers started sending him Venmo payments, he kept enough to buy a single case of beer and donated the rest to an Iowa children’s hospital, ultimately raising more than $1 million for charity through a partnership with Anheuser-Busch. Then the PC police showed up. The Des Moines Register reported on a pair of ugly, racist jokes King tweeted when he was a high school sophomore. Though King was contrite, Anheuser-Busch cut ties with him anyway. But something incredible happened. “Ordinary people don’t want to live in a world where your life ends up being ruined because you did something amazing to help sick kids.” People deluged the Register with angry comments. Others exposed the hypocrisy of the reporter, who had his own history of bigoted tweets. Another beer company stepped in to help King keep raising money. Now, King will be remembered “not as ‘problematic’ but as heroic.” This is what happens when people stand up to bullies.