Watched through this and definitely interesting. I don’t know a huge amount about Lindsay Ellis, although I think I’ve watched a few videos of hers in the past. She certainly didn’t strike me as someone that would be deserving of hate that she clearly has received (and really, no one is deserving of that). Her points on Twitter generally being a shithole seem pretty sound to me and I definitely don’t blame her for deciding to back away from it.
I don’t buy some of her closing arguments about “The Beast” and “cancel culture” though. She says that we all try to pretend it isn’t real, but in the end anyone could suffer the horror of being CANCELLED!!! But, when she is telling us about being cancelled on a video that is an hour and 45 minutes long, being viewed by well over a million people, these complaints ring rather hollow to me. She mentions that there are plenty of people that have suffered far worse than her and their careers have been ruined, but doesn’t tell us who they are because we all know who they are and also doesn’t feel right bringing them up (fair enough). Well, I don’t think I can name anyone that has actually been cancelled and has had their career ruined, so a hand there in at least pointing in the right direction would be handy (some big names have actually done quite nicely out of apparently being cancelled).
Also, I have no doubt that people that feel they are progressive dogpiled in on the attacks on her, but it sounds pretty clear that the “diet Nazis” as she calls them are the ring leaders here. Even in the tweets we see flash up briefly, “woke” and “leftist” are clearly being used as pejoratives to attack a perception of hypocrisy on her part and not being used by people that would prescribe to those ways of thinking. To me, it is just further evidence that the culture war and “cancelling” is just an attempt by the right to create infighting and to give a sense that they could be after you next.
The best response though is to just not play into that game and most definitely do not become part of the mob.