Canceling culture has gone too far
Cancel culture is a modern form of boycott and exclusion and often attempts to remove celebrities from their platforms. At best, it tarnishes reputations. At worst, it ruins careers.
But canceling culture often takes the past too seriously.
Sometimes this is justified. In the case of Shane Dawson, a YouTube star with a long history of blackface, negative stereotypes and offbeat pedophilia jokes, the culture cancellation put an end to his career, and it wasn’t until recently. that he has started to make his comeback.
Given Dawson’s half-hearted apology and odd (and criminal) behavior, canceling the crop served him well.
Other times however, canceling the crop does not take growth into account.
Take the case of Matt Damon, for example. Earlier this year, Damon was canceled for “Withdraw” the use of f-slur and ask his daughters to explain why this language is harmful. The problem then exploded on Twitter, with users berating him for not knowing the f-slur is harmful.
And I don’t disagree with their initial reaction. It’s 2021. Damon should have known that f-slur is homophobic.
This isn’t the first time Damon has been “canceled” either.
In 2017, Damon did a few disreputable remarks about the #MeToo movement and Louis CK, which was followed by torrential backlash and possible apologies.
While apologizing doesn’t really show growth, acknowledging your mistakes and changing your behavior does.
Since then, Damon has at least acknowledged that he understands the seriousness of saying the f-insult and reflected on his past comments on the #MeToo movement, which completely changed his perspective.
As a woman, I particularly disagree with Damon’s comments, and agree that the backlash he received was justified.
Still, there is something to be said for his acknowledgment of his mistakes, as well as the growth he has shown.
The cancellation of a celebrity can certainly be justified, especially when it is actively harming others. However, the crop cancellation has become a cycle of celebrities receiving vicious attacks online after fans or other netizens disagree with them, even though this celebrity realized her mistakes and tried to change.
Canceling culture is not only myopic; it is fiercely focused on the past without ever considering the future, and that is not fair.