Well, yeah; but we can call those people "chowderheads" and move on. Such people have always been with us, and always will be. "Cancel culture" is a chimerical term dreamed up to fit on a bumper sticker. It is as much a threat to the republic or open society as critical race theory is, although the latter is actually real, except when chattered about by the same poeple who think "cancel culture" is real. We really don't have to "both sides" this matter to a fare-thee-well. I wouldn't even call them "threats to free speech," unless a government entity is behind them via either statute, regulation, or lawsuit.
2/ Jeremy Rosen acknowledges—and criticizes—the attempts of some groups to "to silence anyone who thinks differently from them."— David Lat (@DavidLat) October 20, 2021
As he notes, these threats to free speech come from both the left AND the right—and deserve condemnation in both cases.
So why does "cancel culture" have to come up at all? Eastman can cry crocodile tears all he wants; what he did as tantamount to sedition (if not fitting the actual elements of the actual crime) and he deserves to be treated harshly for his words and especially his actions (such as being Trump's "brain trust" and egging the crowd on, on January 6 of this year). What has actually happened? He's been criticized:
3/ Here is Jeremy Rosen's bottom line on John Eastman (with which I agree): pic.twitter.com/fwPkjPI7PC— David Lat (@DavidLat) October 20, 2021
I can't tell if that's harsher, or less harsh, than the criticisms leveled against the "Princess of Arizona":
5/ In a nutshell, John Eastman wasn't picked to be a speaker at certain @FedSoc events—which happens all the time, for all sorts of reasons.— David Lat (@DavidLat) October 20, 2021
And some members spoke critically about him at Society events—as is their right.
Meghan McCain is more widely known; then again, she thrust herself onto the national stage.
'Princess of Arizona' Meghan McCain fumes over her SNL portrayal: ‘Laughing stock of the country’ https://t.co/Pfu75ABlm7— Raw Story (@RawStory) October 20, 2021