A Vietnam veteran by the name of Don Sucher was confronted by City Councilman Tiesa Meskis over an “offensive” sign in his shop. Sucher owns the Sucher & Sons Star Wars Shop in Aberdeen, Washington. The sign said something along the lines of “if you weren’t born with (blank) then you are not a chick.” The sign was not placed on a door or some other obvious area, rather it was written on a sheet of paper laid on an item in the shop. The content of the sign was enough to drive Meskis over the edge into a full-blown confrontation with the 78-year-old veteran.
The dust-up between Sucher and Meskis was big enough to reach local news (and now, national news). Meskis turned the argument with Sucher into a moment to yell out transgender affirmations such as “trans women are women!”. Almost immediately, it was clear that the argument was not about the two of them, but to everyone who would watch the cell phone video afterward. Sucher appeared to simply defend himself and his right to freedom of speech. He even stated that as a 78-year-old Vietnam veteran, he is not worried about anyone’s feelings.
In an almost surprising turn of events, the shop owner isn’t getting “cancelled” over his apparent lack of concern for transgender activism. Sucher told Meskis “every time some bull sh_t like this happens, my sales go up because people are wanting this”. Countless 5-star ratings have flowed in to support the elderly shop owner and to counteract any negative reviews he may get from supporters of Meskis. The trend is pretty clear here. As more and more people are attacked over basic beliefs, the less credibility the attackers will have. Cancel culture is finally moving in a different, more positive, direction.