No, cancel culture cannot be canceled


Katie O'Hagan

Alexandra Grosso reads up on the latest cancel culture drama with J.K Rowling.

Katie O’Hagan, Staffer

Cancel culture has become very prevalent in today’s society and culture. It occurs mostly through social media by “canceling” people usually for their poor actions. In the past five or so, it has caused a lot of drama and controversy.

Though cancel culture typically has a negative connotation, it is actually very important under certain circumstances. Recently, cancel culture has not only been used for drama and publicity but also to call out racist, sexist, homophobic and many other wrongdoings.

Cancel culture has done just as much, or more, good than bad over the past few years. Unfortunately, we live in a world where hate is rampant. Most people who commit these hateful actions do so when they think others are not aware. This is where cancel culture shines. When videos or clips of evidence are released, exposing the person accountable, people use cancel culture to hold that person accountable.

While not every circumstance requires to cancel culture, it has brought huge attention and change to our society. Whether it is a person, a brand, etc., cancel culture rarely fails to make a change in behavior. It is important that these people and brands are exposed so that people do not give them the attention and fame they deserve. In some instances these actions are mistakes, but regardless, cancel culture forces that choice to apologize and move on or admit their wrongs.

Some popular examples of cancel culture are Shane Dawson, YouTuber, who had racist videos surface or J.K. Rowling, author, being exposed for anti-transgender comments and many more. These are just a few examples of the many people and celebrities that have been caught up in the cancel culture scandal in recent events.

Conclusively, canceling culture itself is not the issue. It is only an issue when individuals weaponize it in order to pursue their own agendas. At its core, it is only meant to bring awareness to situations that should be addressed.