You cancel appointments, you cancel subscriptions but do you cancel people too? Let see…
We live in a world of interlinked cultures and cancel culture has joined the train. Recently, I found out that a lot of us indulge in cultural practices we didn’t know existed or were named, nah, not your regular traditional culture bruh. Cancel culture appears to be one of the most prominent especially in the social media age. I bet you’re a party, so lets get to it.
First things first, you know we have a lot of publicly righteous and politically correct people in our world today. I say publicly righteous because many do the very things they criticize or cancel because its on a public space.
Cancel culture is a popular practice of withdrawing support for public figures or entities for doing or saying something considered objectionable or offensive, did that click? When a person is cancelled, public support is withdrawn, that’s why public figures and companies are usually the victims of this cancelling or group shaming.
This cancelling manifests in group shaming on social media, unfollowing, harsh comments, social media dragging, boycotting their work and every other depiction of withdrawn social support. Let me give an instance. I’m sure a lot of us have seen the recently released movie Mulan and if you hold the same view with me, Hua Mulan was your favorite character. The character was played by American-Chinese actress Liu Yifei.
In 2019, she shared a picture of a Chinese newspaper containing a quote by a Chinese reporter who was assaulted by protesters during the 2019/2020 Hong Kong protests.
The quote read ” I support Hong Kong Police. You can beat me now. What a shame for Hong Kong”. The post sparked international controversy and Liu was accused of supported police brutality, so people started trending the hashtag #BoycottMulan. Consequently, she was absent from the 2019 D23 Expo that gave fans a sneak peak of Mulan. Personally, I like the fact that she was basically silent during the drag, which is what victims are advised to do if the situation permits. When asked in February, she stated “I think its just a sensitive situation” So you see how cancel culture almost ruined a whole production…bruh
This is just one of many instances, count the number of people that have been dragged or cancelled on social media this week alone. A celebrity involved in a scandal, cancelled, says something politically or socially incorrect, cancelled, it goes on,
It is said that the culture gained pace following the #Metoo movement that saw the cancelling of many prominent people facing sexual harassment or rape allegations, racist allegations etc, that’s why its also called the call-out culture.
Here’s the deal, while some say its a tool for accountability and social activism and as such shouldn’t be seen in a negative light, (which has some truth in it) it is undeniable that it is malicious some times. Presently, it has become a way for many to publicly reject someone they dislike or disagree with. In other words, an opportunity for many to validate their hate for another.
Social media is quick to pile and police increasingly high standards of political correctness. More so, unlike many think, it does not always amount to true social activism. On the contrary, it fuels the toxicity of an already toxic world. The said object of cancellation doesn’t change, one person is dragged this week, another next week. For every new drag, there’s a forgotten one.
Take a look at this wise words from The Captain;
Sincerely, many have tainted honest mistakes with actual hate. The culture is so ingrained that it takes only a hashtag to ruin a person’s life or career, especially when people don’t get all the facts before cancelling others on social media. As such, like The Captain said, we have more emotional reactions than empathetic conversations.
Many seem to get a notification when others falter, but are always oblivious of their own wrongs.Fact.
This conversation is getting long. Frankly, I just think we need to be calming down on social media. A lot of people are yet to grasp the power of this tool called social media and that’s why many end up using it for all the wrong reasons. It’s the headquarters of cancel culture at the moment and we need to be careful about our online activities and statements. Before cancelling, get your facts right and be clear about your motive. If it’s for social activism, do it the right way but if it’s just born out of hate rethink. The hate you give comes backs on all of us.
That’s it fam! I hope you learnt one or two. Tell me what you think in the comment section; experiences, solutions, perspective, all of it! Remember to like, share and sign-up for more. Ciao!