The Internet Wants To Cancel Captain America: Civil War Because Of Its Title


Cancel culture has to be one of the worst things to have happened to society since social media became a ubiquitous part of everyday life for a lot of people, and while there’s often sound reasoning behind some of the targets, other times it just feels like the online flash-mob swells in numbers and turns something into a huge deal without knowing all of the facts.

One recent example saw people shocked that beloved Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. had worn blackface in Tropic Thunder, with demands for him to apologize immediately and have him forcibly removed from the top of the Hollywood A-list. The only problem was that a lot of those that were offended hadn’t even seen the movie, and therefore had no idea that the actor’s Academy Award-nominated performance as Kirk Lazarus existed entirely as a satirical look at the entitlement of white actors.

The recent push for more diversity and inclusion that’s happening around the world is a great thing, but there’s a huge difference between The Flash firing Hartley Sawyer due to genuinely offensive comments, and the ramblings of a crazy fan determined that co-star Danielle Panabaker face the same fate.

Gone With the Wind may have returned to HBO Max with a disclaimer, but it appears as though the fine lines between racial and cultural sensitivity and knee-jerk cancel culture have become even more blurred. For instance, the college football rivalry between Oregon and Oregon State has dropped the ‘Civil War’ tag from their rivalry, and now the internet is targeting Marvel Studios’ third Captain America movie for the same treatment, and you can check out some of the reactions below.

It shouldn’t need to be pointed out that America isn’t the only country to find themselves fighting a civil war throughout history, and while it seems unlikely that the title of Captain America‘s third outing is going to be retroactively altered, this is really starting to get out of hand. Owning up to and admitting past transgressions and behavior is one thing, but rewriting history to try and cover up a mistake is never a good idea, and it defeats the entire purpose of the seismic recent cultural shift if things are just being swept under the rug or erased completely.