Cancel Culture


What is “Cancel Culture”?

Cancel culture → “a modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles – whether it be online, on social media, or in person.” This phenomenon began as a healthy wave that preserved social values and promoted equality. But it is now out of hand as people constantly cancel others and send hateful messages (even death threats).


Real-life examples

There's always a problem with putting an ordinary person, even a hero, up on a pedestal. Once you’re on top, should something happen that society doesn’t abide by, it’s a long fall to the ground. For instance:

  • J.K. Rowling: The authot that shaped our childhood with the Harry Pooter series faced severe backlash when she publically expressed her fear that the push of transgender rights will ultimately put women’s rights at risk. She’s since defended her comments on her website and joined 150 authors and academics denouncing “cancel culture.” Her actions have irritated critics, who called for a boycott of her books and for her publisher to stop paying royalties.

  • An African American school security guard was fired for using the N-word in the course of telling a student not to direct that word at him. (Thankfully, he was eventually re-hired after a national furor erupted.)

The two examples prove the breadth of the phenomenon. It does not matter whether one is rich or poor, consequences are consequences. J.K. Rowling might end up deprived of her own profits and maybe never able to publish a book again. The security guard on the other hand, had he not been re-hired would not be able to sustain his family.


What is the issue?

As people, especially in educational settings, have grown more intimidated, it has been harder for the “cancel culture” warriors to find victims. So instead of finding someone who actually used the n-word, they expand the definition of cancel-worthy language. Cancel culture has ruined carriers, ended lives and even caused mass attacks. This movement has even cancelled people without knowing the whole truth simply by reading false information and reproducing it. People express their anger and displeasure or even insecurities by canceling others uplifting themselves. This must stop! The whole purpose of “cancel culture” has been misinterpreted.



 


SOURCES

https://statenews.com/article/2020/09/a-look-into-cancel-culture?ct=content_open

https://www.forbes.com/sites/evangerstmann/2020/09/13/cancel-culture-is-only-getting-worse/

https://mindmatters.ai/2021/02/how-an-ai-giant-beat-cancel-culture-you-can-too/

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/feb/16/top-10-recent-examples-cancel-culture/


PICTURE:

https://daily.jstor.org/cancel-culture-is-chaotic-good/



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