Opinion

cancel the cancel culture

honestly? canceled? are humans a freaking tv-show?

Golden cosmos for the new yorker

Golden cosmos for the new yorker

the answer is no. they’re not a tv show. they can make mistakes and learn from them. in fact, they can even change. if there’s one thing i know is that hearts can change, people can change, when you expect them to and when you least expect them to. it is possible, and i don’t understand why many people think that it’s not. but i am getting ahead of myself.

As the cultural shift towards political correctness has swept through our society, it has vastly affected the people sitting in it. The expectation now is to be socially aware, everywhere, no matter who you are. social media platforms are now stages for us to broadcast our every thought and with that, everything we decide to broadcast will stay immoral. And thanks for that because people are actually being held accountable for their wrongdoings now. that’s great! that’s how it should be! but.

While this shift is a necessary part of the progression of our society, there’s been a problem that i noticed with this change. What has risen from the new-found foundation of political correctness is something called “cancel culture” and good lord, do i detest to hear it. cancel culture is when people who have said or done problematic things, either now or in the past, are decidedly “canceled,” and people no longer support them or their endeavors and will never listen to what they have to say to defend themselves. because they’re canceled! done with! boo boo bye bye!

Although it is important to be conscientious of who you support and the ethical implications that come with supporting them, a question arises. Where is the line? When is “young and ignorant” no longer a valid excuse?

i get that this line exists somewhere. and i’m not writing this post to defend those that have done problematic things. everyone should be held accountable for their wrongdoings.

to a certain extent.

what i really don’t like about a single “wrong” statement ruining people’s credibility is that it’s not realistic at all. i’ve done incredibly stupid things in the past. said even stupider things. if everyone in my life would’ve canceled on me for my mistakes, and people i meet in the future would eventually do the same if they found out about all my past wrongdoings, i would bury myself. i wouldn’t even freaking try anymore since anything i’d say or do would be easily dismissed. this doesn’t freaking happen in real life.

It’s important for people to take responsibility for their past actions, but call-out culture does not give individuals being called out room to do so. Instead, the incriminating evidence equates to a person being “canceled” and any apologies they offer are dismissed. Given the fast-paced nature of social media, this means that people who are called out are often ostracized — immediately blocked —  before they even get a chance to redeem themselves.

i mean, do what you wanna do, follow who you wanna follow, but this whole thing presumes that humans are either born woke and are good, or weren’t and are bad. It fails to recognize that people are able to, and routinely do, develop new ideologies over time and shed ones that they’ve outgrown. outgrown.

Of course, no matter how we approach this issue, not everyone wants to learn or examine their opinions after getting called out. some people really don’t change. This reality should not blind us from the fact that many other people are willing to learn from their mistakes if given the opportunity and guidance! and they should get the chance to do so.

i’m tired.

cancel the cancel culture.