Cancel culture is one of the worst things and I have to admit that I wonder what people think that they have to gain by shaming others. A lot of times I ignore it, because lately, it’s a lot of people showing off their fan vids and choosing a celebrity to use in their hashtag.
Then again, sometimes it is people who deserve to know that they should be cancelled. We live in a world where so many are able to hide the disgusting and shady shit that they do – that social media is sometimes the only way it comes out.
Does that mean that it is always true? No. It’s not. The reality is that we can’t really know what is true, because so many times the internet gives us the power to make shit up and get it out there for the world to see.
But again, that doesn’t mean that it is always right – or ever right for that matter.
Willow Smith talked about cancel culture on Red Table Talk and made me rethink my stance on it.
“It is so prevalent right now,” she said when talking about cancel culture. “I’m seeing people shaming others, like saying really terrible things. Shaming people for what they are choosing to say or shaming people for not saying anything at all. I feel like if we really want change, shaming doesn’t lead to learning.”
She is right – shaming doesn’t lead to learning. Shaming isn’t also all of our responsibility. We don’t know all sides to every story and when it comes to social media, we know the information that we are given.
On the show, Willow’s Grandma agreed with what she had to say.
“Cancel culture is a little dangerous,” she said, in reference to her granddaughters stance on the subject . “It definitely is because none of us are perfect. It is a space that is a little difficult to maneuver because you do have to leave people room to make mistakes, to grow and to learn, but they have to show that they’re willing.”
Cancel culture is dangerous. We have to remember that people are entitled to due process. We have to have difficult conversations, but we also have to remember that none of us are perfect. Cancel culture can truly lead to not learning and without learning there is no growth.
What do you think of cancel culture? Tell us your thoughts.