Can we cancel “Cancel Culture?”



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Illustration by Robby Rowe

By Katie Peters & Madison Raffone – Arts Editor & Copy Editor

The term “cancel culture” has been popularized over the past year, referring to negative online comments when a public figure is called out on unfavorable actions.Whether it’s from their past or present, canceling a person can have harmful results. However, help- ing them grow and learn from the mistakes they have made could help.

In 2018, allegations arose against “Guardians of the Galaxy” Director James Gunn after old tweets resurfaced. The tweets included jokes about rape, pedophilia, the Holocaust, and more. Gunn claims he’s not the same man he used to be, possibly after the negative results of cancel culture.

A toxic result of canceling someone is cyberbullying a person faces as a result. This happened to YouTube star James Charles over the summer after his dispute with fellow Youtuber Tati Westbrook over a brand deal. Internet personality Jeffree Star sided with Westbrook by publicly calling him out, resulting in Charles’ account being inactive for weeks.

Another unfavorable result of canceling is how it can discourage people from improving. After being called out and bullied online, Charles could have shut down his social media platforms. This would have brought his career to a halt, leaving his audience without content and being unable to address the issue at hand.

Cancel culture could be favorable, with a positive outcome when celebrities are confronted for their actions. They’re forced to deal with the situation at hand and act accordingly. Canceling someone, whoever it may be, can impact each person differently and cause either positive or negative outcomes

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