4.28.2018

Thoughts On Current Cancelling Culture?

Hey people, how's your weekend going? I want to quickly touch on something that has been on my mind lately.

If you're a social media user, then you're probably aware of what people mean when they say someone is 'cancelled.' It means everything that concerns said person is irrelevant and nobody rates them or their career anymore. Lately, old tweets (circa 2012 or even older) of much-loved celebs have surfaced and in these tweets, the celeb is usually spewing something hateful or offensive.Sometimes it's racist or colourist, homophobic, sexist or just plain offensive. Of course, people get annoyed and call out these celebs. Then someone says they're cancelled and automatically there's a sort of divide. Camp A believes that since the tweets were so long ago, it shouldn't matter because people 'say stupid shit and people grow.' Camp B believes that it doesn't matter and they should be cancelled/disgraced/lose their jobs and what not.

Since a lot of these offensive tweets are usually directed at black people and a lot of times, dark-skinned women, I want to preface the rest of this post by stating that going through a phase of being racist or colourist (discrimination based on skin tone within a race) is not okay and it's not an excuse. It shouldn't be a rite of passage. There's no justification.

Now, here's what I think. I don't really belong to any of the camps I mentioned above. I certainly don't agree that just because it was years ago, we should ignore it. I don't agree with that at all.

But at the same time, I don't feel you should just 'cancel' people especially if it's clear that that's not who they are anymore. We've definitely all said stupid things or laughed at inappropriate things in the past. I would never say some of the things I've said in the past because now I know better. People can change. We're supposed to get better the older we get.

I've also noticed that when it comes to cancelling people, favouritism plays a part and I'm guilty of doing that too. I remember last year, some people called for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (who I obviously stan) to be cancelled because they didn't like something she said about trans women. Now, even before reading what she said, I had already concluded in my mind that I was cancelling nobody. I ended up agreeing with what she said anyways but you get my point. When it comes to cancelling, I feel like we sometimes give some celebrities a pass and we don't do the same for others.

In conclusion, I believe that we can't just ignore offensive things people have said in the past. But because we've all said offensive things, we can't just cancel people instantly. If it's quite obvious that this person isn't like this anymore, then why cancel the person? But if it's someone that is clearly still problematic * I don't want to mention names*, then please, by all means, cancel them lol.

I do understand that you can't always know if a person has really changed because nowadays people tend to hide who they really are. I don't know man, what do you think?
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  1. The title really grabbed my attention, because I have some friends who use the term "cancelled" and I thought it was a funny phrase, but of the times I remember them using it, I can only recall them talking about something current, and most of the time, they use it regarding something blatantly offensive, not for something they simply dislike, so I feel like the way my friends use the term is different from how you've experienced it. The way I've experienced my friends using it also seems less extreme; it's a lot more lighthearted. I'm starting to think we might be talking about two different kinds of cancelling, and maybe it's just that I've picked up on my friends' lingo, different from the cancelling culture you're talking about. But anyways, I totally agree with you that people change, and we should allow them to change, allow to them to grow, especially for the better, instead of holding their past over their heads. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Ah I get what you mean. People do use the term lightly (myself included) but I was referring to the more extreme/serious version of the term. Glad you agree Audrey, thanks for reading :)

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    2. I feel like after I read your blog post, I started seeing it everywhere, and in the way that you mentioned in your blog post! I 100% agree that people are so quick to vindicate others and that we need to understand that people change and allow them to grow <3

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  2. I do think we're very unforgiving on the internet and people jump right down your throat for liking something or someone you're 'not allowed' to. I think we all have to make our own choices and our feelings towards something problematic are very nuanced

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. Totally, I agree with you Jasmine. Everyone should be able to decide if someone is problematic or not. That being said, I feel like sometimes, there are people who do certain things that are so awful and to see people 'support' such people and pretend like they did nothing wrong can be very upsetting for others. Thanks for stopping by Jasmine :)

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