Vladimir Putin hasn’t been cancelled.
The entire population of Russia has been cancelled. We’re also seizing the assets of Russian oligarchs who had nothing to do with this. The Twitter outrage mob has seized control of the state.
“Perhaps the time has come for Vladimir Putin to go on Joe Rogan’s podcast, because Russia has been canceled. Following the invasion of Ukraine, governments and companies around the world have distanced themselves from Russia and its citizens. “The West is not just trying to surround Russia with a new Iron Curtain,” its director of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergey Naryshkin, said last week. “We are talking about attempts to destroy our state—its ‘cancellation,’ as it is now customary to say in a ‘tolerant’ liberal-fascist environment.” The theme was echoed in the United States. “Russia is now being canceled,” the former Trump official Monica Crowley said on Fox News. “The West is trying to deplatform and debank Russia,” far-right Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers declared on Twitter. “This is just as wrong as invading Ukraine.” …
A true cancellation typically involves the subject being cast out of their professional network, denied the ability to make money, and rejected by their social circle. One reason it is so alarming an experience is the sense of contagion—without obvious coordination, a person becomes a nonentity. Many of the canceled people I have known, or reported on, have experienced depression or even contemplated suicide. …”
As with any deplatforming, Russia will simply migrate to another platform, which is to say that Russia is now more strongly aligned with China. Russia will also have to sell its oil in some other currency.
McDonald’s is cancelling Russia.
“McDonald’s is temporarily closing all stores in Russia over strongman Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the chain announced Tuesday.
State of play: McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski said the company will continue to pay its 62,000 Russian employees, but added that “it’s impossible to predict when we might be able to reopen our restaurants in Russia.” …”
Starbuck’s is cancelling Russia.
“Starbucks is suspending all activity in Russia, the company’s CEO said in a letter to staff on Tuesday.
Driving the news: Starbucks’ decision to halt operations in Russia comes as the forces of Vladimir Putin continue their two-week invasion of Ukraine. It follows a similar decision announced earlier today by McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. …”
Coca-Cola is cancelling Russia.
“Coca-Cola is suspending operations in Russia in response to President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the company said Tuesday.
Why it matters: Sanctions and divestment from the business community have increasingly isolated Russia from the rest of the world. Businesses operating there have a limited ability to collect revenue or pay workers and suppliers. …”
The point that is being made here is that the United States is an unreliable business partner and that corporate power and financial power is being completely politicized and weaponized. We are willing to seize the assets of anyone who invests in our economy on a whim to placate the Twitter mob. We have also demonstrated that the Twitter mob can target and punish anyone it wants. The long term effect of this will be to accelerate the collapse of the petroshekel which is the imperial currency.
Note: China is winning the war.