Blog Post #3
When people talk about cancel culture, they think of celebrities getting exposed for things they’ve done in the past and receiving consequences because of it, but “cancelling” someone can be more than that. “Cancelling” someone as a definition is calling out someone for something negative they’ve done in the past or present that has serious consequences with it. For schools all around the world “cancelling” has been a term used as a joke or seriously with friends or classmates in classrooms when they have done something wrong or said something inappropriate that someone didn’t like. There are many ways someone can get “cancelled” it can vary from losing friends to even in some cases even worse consequences such as having to move schools because of public abuse. When reading the article, Tales from the Teenage Cancel Culture a student, aged 15, got “cancelled” by her friends and when speaking about the consequences she said, “All the friends I had previously had through middle school completely cut me off, “Ignored me, blocked me on everything, would not look at me.” There are both negative and positive consequences to cancel culture. Some positives to cancelling someone is it can be used to educate someone or expose someone for something in the past that they have done wrong, “cancelling” someone can teach them a good lesson on what is and what isn’t appropriate. Some of the negatives of “cancelling” someone is that they could have their whole life flipped upside down for something they said when they were young and weren’t educated that what they said was inappropriate, When reading the article, A Racial Slur, A Viral Video and a Reckoning a teenager spoke about how her life was pretty much ruined by something she said when she was 15 in a 3-second video where she said a racial slur when speaking about it, she said, “At the time, I didn’t understand the severity of the word, or the history and context behind it because I was so young.” What I think of cancel culture is that it can be good if used effectively, it can be good if people are getting educated about what they’ve done wrong, not unjustly punished because of something they said way back when they were kids. I do believe “cancelling” someone at some point could be bullying when someone does something inappropriate or says something inappropriate they should be called out but they shouldn’t be punished so bad that they lose all their friends, especially if they understand what they did wrong and has apologized and acknowledged it. People will often use the “free speech” argument when saying something inappropriate and I really think there’s no way to stop that argument but I think as people we are getting better at acknowledging when something is wrong or shouldn’t be said. Cancel culture has many positives but it has to be used efficiently to educate someone.