Carbonell, who plays Yanko on Apple TV’s The Morning Show, on cancel culture in modern media
In this week’s episode of the Apple TV Plus drama The Morning Show, Nestor Carbonell’s Yanko Flores is a weatherman under siege. No, he’s not stuck in a snowdrift or facing an oncoming tornado. Instead he’s caught in a hurricane of online sentiment created after he flippantly uses a Native American term to describe his adoring relationship with Punxsatawney Phil.
Yanko apologizes, and he thinks that’s enough, but the internet soldiers on and Yanko faces real consequences for using a phrase he never knew was offensive. It’s a touch heavy handed, to be sure, but that’s The Morning Show for you
While Carbonell acknowledges that there’s “absolutely a validity in criticizing someone for something they might say that might be offensive,” he thinks “this notion of dragging [someone] through the mud, through a campaign of destruction is another thing altogether.”