The Spread and Reasons for Cancel Culture


Multiple sources of Social Media

Jesyca Santacruz, Staff Writer

Various types of social media used for cancel culture.

Due to the unfortunate events of COVID-19, no one has been able to step outside of their homes. So what are people to do in this tiring and boring situation? That’s right, dig up all of the dirty truths and secrets about our favorite people. This form of online shaming is the next big thing that has everyone on the edges of their seats. Although it has been here for a few years, it has now risen to new levels of popularity. But is this form of shaming truly a good thing?

“Cancel culture” is the act of shaming and publicly humiliating people through the internet and social media, and many celebrities and companies lose support as a result. A majority of the cancelling tends to occur on the popular social media platform Twitter. When the name of someone or something you are familiar with appears on the trending page of Twitter, it can either be because of good recognition or the unfortunate cancelling that is about to arise for that person. Despite sounding like another form of online bullying, cancel culture is not a bad thing, although it might be for the person to whom it is being done.

Most of the time, the cancelling is for a good reason. For instance, a common issue, unfortunately, is that a lot of well-known people have gotten away with using racial slurs, assaulting others, committing criminal acts and much more.

This is when the people of cancel culture come in and dig that all up and bring it back to the light, and with accurate information as well. When this happens, that person will forever be remembered as the person who said the racial slurs, assaulted those people, or committed that act.

That will remain online unless they are able to find the appropriate “receipts” to refute those accusations. Receipts are proof as to why they are not what they are being accused of.  Sometimes cancel culture is wrong. Even then, the person needs to have the receipts to prove it. Yet cancel culture is also toxic at times. This is because everyone can be hurt from it and it can ruin anyone. It gets even worse if someone is falsely accused and is unable to find their “proof.”

The bad thing with Twitter is that things will be trending for a few hours and that’s it. If you see it trending for a few days, that person must have done something really worth talking about. Of course, you can see this news on other platforms, but Twitter has early access.

However, if a person being cancelled can still make their money with only a small percentage of their audience, they might get a slap on the wrist and still have all the freedom in the world. In these cases, nothing can be done because no one can take action.

This happens to YouTubers and social media influencers especially. It all really depends on who is cancelling them and how many people agree with that person. There are many instances in which someone is cancelled and they are unable to find another job because of it. There are even some cases where someone can become blacklisted because of it.

Cancel culture is a great way to bring wronged situations to light. Much of the time, action takes place immediately. Whether you believe cancel culture is a good thing or not, it brings justice to the things that need to be heard and seen. It does not only affect people, but it also affects businesses, acts, organizations, brands, movies, shows, and so much more. Cancel culture exposes the secrets, truths, and lies of everyone and everything.