After Tesco launched a Christmas advert that depicted Santa as being fully vaccinated, people who have spent the last few years bemoaning cancel culture are calling for her a boycott of the supermarket.
Simon Williams, 35, has spent more time than is healthy in the last few years explaining to anyone who’ll listen – and many who won’t – that cancel culture is ruining society, and that it’s important for opinions we don’t agree with to have the right to be aired and heard freely.
However, today, Williams is demanding everyone boycott Tesco supermarkets because he didn’t like its depiction of a fictional Christmas character and the personal medical decisions he had taken.
He told us, “What’s important to remember here is that cancel culture is poisonous, but only when the thing being cancelled is something I agree with. I want my opinions – yes, even those ones – heard in public with alarming regularity. Any steps taken to prevent that is borderline fascism.
“However, when the thing being cancelled is one I don’t like, then it’s no longer ‘cancel culture in action’, but a monumental victory in the war against wokeness.
“If you can’t tell the difference then you’re an idiot who probably needs cancelling.”
Sharon Williams – no relation – is the administrator of a new Facebook group called ‘Let’s Boycott Tesco Because Of Their Woke Vaxxed Santa’, and she told us, “There is nothing hypocritical about a Facebook group that hates the cancel culture promoted by the radical left, but also calls on people to boycott the products of brands that say and do things we don’t like.
“We are 100% in support of free speech, just not for things we disagree with.”