Mastercard announces they are suspending network services in Russia after President Zelensky called on them to do so during his meeting with US lawmakers this morning.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) March 5, 2022
If the largest country in the world can be canceled in an knee jerk emotional fit of rage, what’s next? Why can’t the problematic swaths of Western countries be similarly canceled? What happens to all the people who say highly offensive things like Ukraine’s kleptocracy isn’t worth World War III?
Why can’t Alabama or Mississippi be canceled for racism or transphobia? If you eat a chicken from Alabama, does that make you a moral monster? We’re a lot smaller than Russia and have less ability to defend ourselves from mood swings.
“The West doesn’t seem to have considered the campaign’s collateral damage, or how persecution could be expected to promote peace
By now, we’re all used to righteous people pitching fits and ganging up, mean-girl style, on those they feel have committed transgressions against the status quo. But amid the conflict in Ukraine, some are actually trying to deplatform the world’s largest country by attacking anyone and anything even remotely associated with it.
Back in 2003, in the run-up to the Iraq War, when I was working in Washington, DC as the director of a think tank associated with the George W. Bush administration, I recall the moment when “French fries” were suddenly renamed “freedom fries” in the Congressional cafeteria. It was an attempt by the Republicans to stick it to the French, who had opposed the invasion of Iraq.
French products were also subsequently boycotted over Paris’ refusal to support the US invasion, but such measures are almost quaint and sensible compared to the utter hysterical lunacy that’s transpiring today, as Russia and NATO member countries face off over Ukraine.
According to various reports, North American government officials have been demanding the removal of Russian vodka from store shelves. But it turns out that almost none of it imported to the continent is actually made in Russia. The brands – Smirnoff or Stolichnaya, for example – just sound Russian. A bar in the state of Maryland has also renamed the classic Russian Mule cocktail, rebranding it a “Kyiv Mule”. And Magic Mountain ski resort, in Vermont, tweeted a video showing a bar man dumping bottles of Stoli – already bought and paid for, presumably – down the drain, apparently unaware that the brand is actually Latvian, with operations in Ukraine.
Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky was cancelled by the University of Milano-Bicocca, in Italy, which suspended a course about him before reinstating it after a backlash. But the joke was on them, because Dostoevsky was already cancelled, you could say, having passed away in 1881, so the odds are fairly low that he had any involvement in the current Ukraine conflict. …”
Actually, we have already seen our neoliberal overlords wield this power in Canada. It was the dangerous precedent that was set there which has been expanded to Russia.
Note: Crude oil prices continue to get worse. The nuclear fallout has reached us.