Cancel Culture Is Toxic

Published by Leslie Daniels on

Cancel Culture Is Toxic

Twitter, do your thing,” is a toxic line used to expose someone, a brand or company that is displaying problematic behavior.

It is the epitome of cancel culture, the idea that someone can be cancelled based on their unsettling remarks or ideologies. Although the term “cancel culture” is new, the act behind it is not. The trend is particularly popular amongst Gen Z’ers and Millennials. 

 The act of cancelling or withdrawing support for a person or business is an act that has been happening for years. 

 People have been cancelling other people that don’t have the same morals and ideas as themselves forever,for example. The Salem Witch Trials . It is more than just being bullied or talked down upon, your status, income and business is at stake. 

Cancel culture was a term started from the #MeToo movement, according to State News. It was a way to oust alleged perpetrators of sexual assault. 

Now it has become a way to oust anyone that has committed any perceived moral injustices. As for the act itself being toxic, Former President Barack Obama shared his views on the phenomenon at a Obama Foundation Event in 2019, saying, “This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically ‘woke’ and all that stuff. You should get over that quickly. The world is messy, there are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids. And share certain things with you.” 

Former President Obama, like myself, is bothered by our self-created culture. 

It creates a world where people are afraid to state their opinion and even have one for that matter. 

On occasion, when a problematic issue emerges on social platforms, there is an immediate reaction from the internet. Everyone wants to block, cancel or remove the person or company from their public platform. However, this “cancellation” isn’t thought out thoroughly.

In a few of the cancellations, celebrities have made it to a large platform and something problematic from their past arises and everyone is in a frenzy. When people are cancelled, they have a hard time coming back from that. 

We don’t stop to think about the things they’ve done in the present or even the mistakes that occurred years ago. Jimmy Fallon, for example, made a terrible decision to do blackface on SNL in 2000, which he has since apologized for and has shown remorse and willingness to change. He was threatened with being cancelled but eventually forgiven. 

Although Fallon’s act was wrong, it happened over 20 years ago and he has changed and grown as a person. We all are growing and learning new things daily, but we choose to condemn someone for the mistakes they made in the past, which makes it hard for any of us to try anything. 

Typically, the act of cancelling or bringing negative behavior to light is to keep people accountable for their actions and to teach others. It is our checks-and-balances for the world, but it isn’t always forgiving. 

Another example is Ellen DeGeneres, a victim of canceled culture after allegations of her being mean, bad fan interactions, her executive producers being racist and committing sexual misconduct. This act of cancelling was an attempt to stand up for people that couldn’t allegedly defend themselves. 

Cancel culture is toxic when used incorrectly. If the end goal is to ruin someone’s life because they don’t agree with your morals, then there is an issue.  We do not help make society better when we don’t allow the space to make mistakes, and ultimately grow and learn from them. We need to stick together and not tear eachother apart. 

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Leslie Daniels

Leslie Daniels is a graduate from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Multimedia Journalism. She has a passion for entertaining and informing others, and she hopes to use her talents to become a TV/radio personality. In her leisure time you can find her scrolling through YouTube to find her next hairstyle or roaming through the beauty supply store.

1 Comment

Missy M · February 1, 2021 at 10:54 am

I absolutely LOVE this article and can’t wait to share with my friends and family. Beautifully written and such an important and relevant topic. Thank you.

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