On a recent episode of The View, Meghan McCain asked guest LeVar Burton about "cancel culture," a sore spot for many conservative Americans.
"We have talked on the show about the decision by the Dr. Seuss estate to discontinue six of his books."
"What do you think of that decision and about the cancel culture surrounding works of art or artists that are controversial?"
Burton surprised McCain with his succinct but well-thought-out response.
Burton began his answer by speaking about Dr. Seuss (whose books are widely available for purchase:
"Dr. Seuss is more than a company that decided to put a couple of books on the shelf."
"That man, Theodor Geisel, is responsible for generations of wholesome, healthy, wonderful and imaginative, creative content for children of all ages. And so, I think we need to put things in perspective."
@RawStory @kurtbardella Good to see @levarburton is still awesome, and @MeghanMcCain still has a hair stylist that clearly hates her.— Brian Frank (@Brian Frank)1619456061.0
@RawStory @kurtbardella This was a tough one for me. I try to never watch anything with Meghan McCain, but I also t… https://t.co/S6J2BwSeCq— 𖤐 Carneades 𖤐 (@𖤐 Carneades 𖤐)1619459248.0
Burton then laid out how he thought "cancel culture" is a misnomer.
"In terms of cancel culture, I think it's misnamed."
"I think we have a consequence culture."
"And that consequences are finally encompassing everybody in the society, whereas they haven't been ever in this country."
@RawStory I live for the stunned, taken aback expressions she had when someone thoughtfully and concisely demolishe… https://t.co/Yfg3E59Kpf— Stuck on the T (@Stuck on the T)1619456380.0
@RawStory Eloquent response. He gave credit to the full enterprise while suggesting it’s ok to have a few books di… https://t.co/PO5V8yPW4K— BlackCoffee (@BlackCoffee)1619458737.0
Burton concluded by saying:
"And I think it has everything to do with a new awareness by people who were simply unaware of the real nature of life in this country for people who have been othered since this nation began."
@levarburton gives a perfect response. Can't wait to see him hosting Jeopardy! https://t.co/njK1hX2ET7— MayorMacaron (@MayorMacaron)1619476733.0
Liking and respecting Levar Burton even more now. https://t.co/fmpRg7wLmd— Gerard Courcy (@Gerard Courcy)1619473235.0
Truth. And her stylist really hates her. https://t.co/PrlTTAtTZS— Tracy Lee (@Tracy Lee)1619457441.0
Twitter poured praise on Burton for his answer.
The Rainbow is Reading y'all https://t.co/GHnAbLEQbS— Diego J. Aranda Teixeira (@Diego J. Aranda Teixeira)1619495426.0
Only respect for @levarburton https://t.co/ezryKIhIch— manu #BLM 🖖 (@manu #BLM 🖖)1619495317.0
Levar Burton has been back in the public spotlight ever since his upcoming stint guest-hosting Jeopardy! was announced.
Finally, somebody with sense on this. https://t.co/ShW8GP5GyE— 👸🏾L E A👸🏾 (@👸🏾L E A👸🏾)1619467848.0
Nicolas Cage has to make a movie about stealing @levarburton because this man is THE national treasure. https://t.co/dDdPAeWjOL— Glucose Papi (@Glucose Papi)1619466391.0
Burton continues his reign as one of America's most wise role models.