On Friday morning’s episode of the ABC talk show “The View,” conservative cohost Meghan McCain spoke out to blast cancel culture during a segment discussing the recent Supreme Court ruling on one student’s First Amendment rights.
Pennsylvania high school student Brandi Levy was suspended from her public school after she was caught making a vulgar Snapchat video. The Supreme Court, however, ruled in Levy’s favor, saying that the school district had violated the First Amendment by punishing her, according to Decider.
“Meghan, what do you think?” Joy Behar asked. “I mean, I would’ve been kicked out of every school if there was social media at that time because I’m such a venter. I would be venting all over the place. How about you?”
That’s when McCain went off on cancel culture.
“Me too. Social media started — Facebook came out when I was in college,” McCain said. “I’ve gotten in a lot of trouble on social media throughout my 20s, up until yesterday, basically. It can be very dangerous.”
McCain went on to say that she agrees with her cohost Sara Haines, who had argued that teens need to host a respectable social media presence in order to get jobs and prepare for adulthood later on in life. However, McCain also argued that everyone on the internet is often voices anger, especially users of Yelp, which is a website that features crowd-sourced reviews about restaurants, bars, and other businesses.
“I agree with what Sara said, we can’t coddle kids and make it seem like there won’t be ramifications for what they do and say publicly,” McCain continued. “That being said, have you guys ever read Yelp? Yelp is just a vessel for people to rage about every company and every industry.”
McCain then made the argument that if the entire internet (including adults) is ranting and raving, there’s no point in picking on young people. She also feels that it’s pointless to hold teens to the same standard as public figures — like herself.
“All of the internet is just people raging at each other,” McCain said. “To pick out this one dumb teenager — who I’m sure is very embarrassed at this point and won’t do it again — I’m just sick of holding teenagers at the standard that we hold commentators and people who have public lives.”
“My fear with the culture going forward is that people aren’t allowed to make mistakes. There’s this idea that we have to have perfection, and I think that stifles free speech,” she concluded. “I really worry about people’s digital footprint and what can happen going forward. Because people mess up, it’s okay. We’re fallible. If it’s hate speech or something like that, it’s a different story. But this is just a dumb kid being dumb.”
Check out the full segment in the video below.
SCOTUS UPHOLDS CHEERLEADER'S FREE SPEECH: After the Supreme Court ruled a Pennsylvania school violated a student's First Amendment rights when they punished her over a vulgar Snapchat video, the co-hosts discuss. https://t.co/LAf3bwTdNx pic.twitter.com/RdzeYyYnOR
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