Cancel culture can be toxic
May 20, 2019
Cancel culture is a very huge thing in today’s society, and there can be pros and cons to it. “Canceling” or “call-out” culture has been used since 2015, and is a way of letting people know why they shouldn’t support a person based off of previous or current actions. In many ways, though, this can be toxic and harmful for many.
When someone is canceled, it can threaten someone’s career, social status, and the way that people view a person. Some people, for example, Bill Cosby have a very good reason for being cancelled, but for others, it can be extremely harmful, especially if the reason is because of old tweets dug up from years ago. This can show how people aren’t allowed to grow and learn from their mistakes, thus ruining their image even if they’ve completely changed since then.
Mobbing can also stem from cancelling, along with cyberbullying. If someone is cancelled, the situation is usually followed by a lot of online, and sometimes in-person harassment. Humiliation and intimidation can also be a huge product of someone being canceled.
If someone is canceled, in addition to ruining their career, it can also mean that people no longer morally, digitally or financially supporting a person based off of their actions. Many lose their jobs, and lose ways to financially support themselves. Canceling over social media is a huge outlet for this.
People who have been canceled include, but are not limited to, Kanye West, Laura Lee, Cardi B, Lena Dunham, and even James Charles as of recently. Though, not only people can be canceled, but brands, activities, and phrases can also be canceled. If something is seen as problematic, it has a high chance of being canceled.
Chick-Fil-A has been one of the many restaurant chains that has been canceled. Though, for good reason, some still promote them because of either their religious believes or they simply don’t care enough about why so many people are boycotting the chain. The problem is, though, if one is found to still be supporting a canceled brand, chain, or person, they themselves can be canceled, shunned, or turned away by their peers. This can lead to many negative effects in many different ways.
All in all, cancel culture can cause someone to be socially thrown in the dumpster. Most people have the power to write what they feel and think online, and many times, that can be negatively taken advantage of quite often. It’s important to fact-check and realize whether it’s okay or not to “cancel” someone, even if it takes time, because those people are humans as well.
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