What is Cancel Culture?

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Carly S.

From religious beliefs to political standpoints, celebrities and influencers can be “canceled” for almost anything. Over the past couple of years, this concept has become an increasingly large issue in the world of social media and Hollywood.

What is Cancel Culture?

The New York Post defines cancel culture as “the phenomenon of promoting the ‘canceling’ of people, brands, and even shows and movies due to what some consider to be offensive or problematic remarks or ideologies.” Some believe that “canceling” people is simply a way to hold them accountable for their past or present actions, while others believe that it is toxic and takes their first amendment rights away.

How is it Harmful?

Victims of cancel culture almost always end up receiving harsh comments and direct messages on their social media platforms. These comments can range from small insults to death threats. Threatening comments often pressure the celebrity or influencer to apologize for their actions, even if those actions were harmless or took place multiple years ago. Even after apologizing, they will likely continue to receive hateful messages. This can certainly take a toll on their mental health and cause them to want to hide from the world. It also promotes cyberbullying by teaching young people that it is socially acceptable to leave cruel comments under posts made by someone who offended them.

Can it be Avoided?

Due to the fact that everyone makes mistakes, it can be quite difficult for celebrities and influencers to avoid being canceled. People get canceled for anything that can be deemed offensive, such as political views and past mistakes. Some users will dig up old Tweets or Instagram posts that they deem offensive in hopes to cancel certain influencers, celebrities, and companies.

This phenomenon is continuously causing issues all across social media. It is one of the most significant reasons why social media can be so detrimental to one’s mental health.