Cancel Cancel Culture

Johnny Silva, Guest Writer

Imagine if you lost your job, education, and “friends.” This is the result of cancel culture. According to Vox cancel culture is, “…the idea that a person can be “canceled” — in other words, culturally blocked from having a prominent public platform or career — has become a polarizing topic of debate.” Cancel culture should not exist for ruining people’s lives and fueling more hatred. This discourages people from having their own way of thinking and makes people paranoid to state their opinion.

As a teenager, I have witnessed firsthand, people in my generation who tend to have the same way of thinking. Kids around my age say things without thinking and have had their lives ruined for this exact reason. The people canceled may not share the same opinion as others and for this, others cancel them by calling their school, family, college/future college to ruin their reputation and future. Think about if you were in their shoes and everything you know as your daily lifestyle got ruined in one day over something you said or believed in. However, I do believe that people should be accountable for their actions, but without using cancel culture. It just fuels hatred and doesn’t make a change. Creating a space for people to be able to make a mistake and learn from it will lead to a more accepting, growth-oriented society, accomplishing much more in the long run.

When I was a kid, no one would have to worry about cancel culture, but as we get older and develop our own way of thinking, we are told not to voice our opinions just in case. This affects discussions in class about problems in the world or problematic experiences. For example, just this week in my English class we were discussing school rules, but I decided not to voice my opinion due to the consequences of someone else disagreeing with me. False rumors are spread quickly and I try to avoid it. Are we just supposed to stay silent forever? The New York Times says this, “Once we spoke of “call-out culture,” but the time for simply highlighting individual blunders for the edification of a wider audience, as in a medieval morality play, seems to have passed.”

Cancel culture has no positives. It doesn’t let people learn from their mistakes and causes hatred. It restricts people from having their own way of thinking. As we get older, it’s a good thing to develop our own mindset and to be ourselves. We can save our future generation if we accept others’ opinions and beliefs and if someone says something negative, let’s guide them the right way without cancel culture involved.