People are trying to cancel Bill Burr after his hilarious Grammy appearance. They tried to cancel Eminem a few weeks before. And both of these artists are still standing because unlike their would-be cancelers, they have courage.
Last month it was Eminem, this month, it’s Bill Burr. Cancellers have taken to social media to put heads on proverbial guillotines and attempt to end careers. This time, for whatever reason, the cancellers seem to have a strong affinity for BTS.
Luckily, they haven’t been able to rob us of these great artists. Cancellers have tried to sanitize the world of anything that may ‘trigger’ them, but truly courageous artists haven’t been afraid of their faceless, online barking. Let’s take a look at why people like Eminem and Bill Burr are still standing.
The recent backlash against Bill Burr came on the night he presented awards at the Grammys. Check out his full reel of the night below:
When he walked onto the stage to the award show piano ballad, Burr said:
Was I the only one that wanted to kill himself during that piano solo?
That can easily be interpreted in two ways. One–that it’s such bad music he wanted to die. Two–that it’s such sad music that it made him very sad and borderline suicidal. I’m going with the second option. He’s pointing out the comedy of playing a somber piano ballad on what’s supposed to be a fun, high-energy award show.
Then he presented the best regional Mexican music award winner, Natalia Lafourcade.
While attempting to read the winner, Burr admitted:
I can’t say the name. The Grammy goes to Natalia Lafourcade. I will accept on behalf of her. If I butchered her name, I’m sorry. Natalia, you won.
Wow. What a monster. He couldn’t pronounce a name. And he owned it. It’s not like he blamed Lafourcade for having a name that was difficult for him to pronounce. He simply admitted his struggle, apologized, and moved on.
When presenting the best tropical Latin album, Burr said:
The feminists are going nuts. Why is the cis-white male doing all this Latino stuff?
I’m not sure if the backlash was primarily from feminists, but the people did indeed go nuts. Check out some of these hilarious reactions:
In a laughably ironic turn, the same person said they “hate white men,” then called Bill Burr “racist.”
Bill Burr was right, as that user far from the only person to make it about race and gender:
That’s pretty triggering, Bora.
Here’s a screenshot of a few more tweets that have since become unviewable:
What do all of these Twitter warriors have in common? If you peruse their profiles, they all strangely appear to be giant fans of BTS.
Let’s be clear: I have no problem with BTS. They seem like a nice, sensible bunch of guys who I’m sure have no actual problem with Bill Burr.
Their fans, though?
Whew–whole different story.
On this humble online publication, we’ve released several stories on BTS. And most times, the author is battered with a literal hailstorm of triggered BTS fans. Some have even worried about their safety.
The BTS Army harasses them online, floods their inbox with emails and threats, and sends tweets about being triggered like the ones you see above. They are, in a word: mean.
They don’t consider people’s feelings and get beyond triggered when someone else doesn’t consider theirs. That’s a little thing we like to call “projection.” It’s when you can’t handle the nastiness that dwells within yourself, so you project it onto other people and berate them for being like you.
And they’re proud of their nastiness. Just like One Direction fans, they view themselves as protectors of the band–as if the multi-millionaires needed their tweets for any reason whatsoever.
But even this mob can’t cancel artists that have found a comfortable relationship with the truth.
Look, there are times when people absolutely should be canceled. If you’ve put people in physical danger, abused someone, been overtly racist, indulged in earnest hate speech, or have been a giant creep, you might not deserve a home in the spotlight.
But that’s not Bill Burr. Yes, he triggers people, but newsflash: life is triggering. You can’t cancel car accidents or diseases or bad investments or heartbreak. Some people choose to live their life with that in mind. They choose not to turn a blind eye to the undeniable reality of suffering in life. And some choose to make jokes about it.
That’s why Bill Burr is still standing. It’s because there are enough people in the world who appreciate the honesty with which he talks about the ugliness in life: both within himself and in the world. And just like Eminem, Burr has refused to back down from the angry Twitter mob.
Check out Eminem’s recent song in response to his cancel calls (caution-NSFW):
Every person has some ugliness within them; it’s part of being human.
The main difference between people like Bill Burr & Eminem, and those who dedicate their lives to canceling people, is that Burr acknowledges that flaw while the cancellers are still pretending it isn’t there.