Should “Cancel-Culture” be Canceled?


How would you feel if one day you woke up to an onslaught of social media hate? There are many of us out there that have had this happen either for a comment taken out of context or a stupid mistake you made years ago. Social justice warriors have taken it a step up with a thing referred to as “call out culture” or “cancel culture”. Cancel culture is borderline bullying that often occurs on the internet and unfortunately has starting becoming a trend.”Canceling” is the act of boycotting someone on the internet and tends to happen to youtubers, politicians, and celebrities, etc.  It can happen due to unpopular opinion or behavior that is deemed offensive or problematic.

If you spend loads of time on the internet, like the rest of the world, you might have heard the term “You’re canceled”. Celebrities have been subject to this type of social media dystopia, some deserving, some not so deserving.  People such as: Amber Heard, Johnny Depp, Tati and James Charles have encountered these such onslaughts. While most bounce back, it still must be very hard on someone to face this, no matter how famous they are  because of the toxic nature contributing to cancel culture.

This act’s toxicity isn’t based on how often it happens but by the way it’s presented and how it affects others. Former president Barack Obama has recently addressed this topic saying,”I do get a sense sometimes now among certain young people, and this is accelerated by social media, that the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people and that’s enough.” He went on to talk about how these people are acting like their own personal happiness is found in the ridicule of others. “That is not activism, that is not bringing about change. If all you’re doing is casting stones, you are probably not going to get that far.”

For example, we could look into the drama that occurred between Tati and James Charles earlier this year in May. The internet took James by storm for the accusations against him, causing him to lose 2.6 million followers in the leading three days after the drama was released. He was put on blast by the internet for months as the drama continued to shift, but as all things do it eventually died down and they both bounced back. While this hurt their careers, they eventually came back as if it never happened, regaining their popularity.

Can we legitimately justify this act of scrutiny? While it does help bring light to certain topics, it does not make them better. We have to think about how your approach to something will effect it. As Obama said, throwing stones will not help. Stepping back we should see that rather than taking a childish standpoint, we need to be rational and have a professional approach to the topics. In my personal opinion call out culture does not help. While things like the “Me Too” act try and use this for good, it can also be taken negatively when the internet is storming someone. From my viewpoint, we will not get anywhere without taking a real initiative. So rather than using call out culture, insert yourself and actually work for a change, go in professionally and put effort into the cause.