On today’s current affairs topic, I will try to work towards understanding what cancel culture is really about and its benefits if there is.
What is cancel culture?
According to Dictionary.com, “Cancel culture” refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for (cancelling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive.
Cancel culture is mainly criticized that it is making people less tolerating, quick to judge and threatening the liberty of speech. Critics of the phenomenal say that the goal of the culture is not restoration neither nor analysis leading to abrupt not fully backed up actions from the general mass.
The debate around cancel culture resembles a tug of war between those trying to make room for discussion between people with opposing viewpoints and those not wanting to compromise their principles by engaging with a celebrity they view as problematic.
Is the cancel culture good or bad for us?
This is a difficult question to answer. Calling out someone, especially someone who has great influence, for their harmful behaviours or ideas is something that should be given more power in today’s society. Calling out people has riped its benefits especially for black people and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Social media has offered a safe space within which minorities can freely express their opinions without having to wait for their majority counterparts to catch up. For celebrities who offend them, it’s important to remember that second chances are earned and that minority communities owe them absolutely nothing to either forgive or engage in discourse. By putting the celebrity’s needs centre stage, the actors of cancel culture not only fail to hold the powerful ones accountable but also seeks to maintain a dynamic of the power hierarchy.
If lack of influence is regarded as a consequence of cancel culture then marginalized groups have been cancelled since the beginning of time. What we as the general public tend to forget is whether a celebrity is cancelled or not is largely up to the celebrity themselves, not on those wanting to cancel them.
At the end of the day, it seems that tweets are just tweets. Yes, today social media criticism can be difficult to surmount, but they bear no meaningful harm to such prominent individuals.
By the looks of it, instead of trying to understand the underlying reason behind this, we should hold more importance to the creation of the cause as it is the only way people can be held accountable for their actions