Cancelling Cancel Culture

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Evan Craig, Staff Writer

In recent years, a certain culture has emerged that has put everyone with fame and in power on edge. The definition of cancel culture according to dictionary.com is “Cancel culture refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive. Cancel culture is generally discussed as being performed on social media in the form of group shaming.”  This year alone, approximately ten major celebrities have been cancelled including Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres, two of the biggest talk show hosts in the world. 

Since almost everything is on the internet these days, one can find just about anything about anybody. Those involved in the cancel culture movement dig up dirt from someone’s  past and use it to ruin their career, or at least defame and shame them in a public way. Millennials and Generation Z have been told from a young age to “Be Careful what you share,” and it is very true, because if you post something that can later be misinterpreted as offensive, it can take a major toll on your life especially, especially if you’re successful. Tweeting or snapping a joke could affect your personal life and your professional career if people were to find the joke you posted offensive in any way. 

One major and recent celebrity to be “Cancelled” is rising star Doja Cat. At the end of May this year, evidence surfaced that she was an active member in racist chat rooms and was known for being anti-black. She also made a song mocking police brutality. This is never okay in any way, but she couldn’t have done this at a worse time. Another celebrity that has been attacked by the Cancel Culture is Jimmy Fallon. In 2000 Jimmy Fallon worked on another popular late night TV show  “Saturday Night Live” prior to his current show. One particular episode of Saturday Night Live from 2000 features Fallon doing an impersonation of fellow cast member Chris Rock while in blackface. He has Apologized via Twitter since the incident. 

CNN Posted an article on July 10th with the headline “Cancel culture is about power — who has it and who wants to be heard.” This article proceeds to talk about how the idea of cancel culture is just another way for someone to gain power over someone else. In a July 3rd speech at Mount Rushmore, President Trump stated, “One of (the left’s) political weapons is ‘cancel culture’ — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America.” 

Cancel culture has become a significant force, and since the beginning of the year it has ruined quite a few careers. Knowing that people will go to such far lengths to ruin somebody’s career over a mistake is unsettling, because it shows how people can use  influence for wrong things. Granted, some celebrities deserve to lose their careers over past decisions , but some of them don’t. The best thing to do is to watch what you say, tweet, text, post, and share because it might not seem like it, but it has the potential to ruin your life.