Why cancel culture is a huge problem

Social media is no stranger to rude, disrespectful users who frequently spread hate and negativity across platforms. Many people are willing to say or do the most irredeemable things just for clout, likes, and a following, and many others will say disrespectful things as well as harass others on the internet. As a result, many people have suffered mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, extreme emotions, you name it. In recent years, the term “cancel culture” has arisen. Cancel culture is where a group of social media users publicly shame a celebrity as an attempt to ruin their reputation was coined and it initially rose in popularity back in 2019. Since then it has become a huge internet trend and played a role in the downfall of many celebrities and social media stars who were accused of being racists, domestic abusers, child predators, and more.
EDP is one of the textbook examples of cancel culture being successful. He was originally an entertaining and well-respected YouTuber who rose to fame with his comedic rants as well as being a massive superfan of the Philadelphia Eagles. His videos got so popular that by 2015, he gained a loyal and dedicated fanbase and had transcended into a popular internet phenomenon. He had it all, until he was exposed back in late 2020 with a series of events involving messaging minors. Despite denying the claims, there was multiple footage of him texting girls and engaging in explicit activity, and many social media influencers continued to leak and reveal information about him. As a result of his predatory behavior, he lost a ton of support and was shamed by everyone on the internet. He also had all of his YouTube accounts terminated, and despite his numerous attempts to get back on YouTube, he was permanently driven off social media.
A situation like EDP is an example of cancel culture done right, but in many instances, cancel culture is misused and hurts many celebrities, social media stars, and popular tv shows. Speedy Gonzales, a character from the Looney Toons cartoon series, was canceled because he was “racist” towards Hispanics and Latinos. However, this attempt at canceling the hyperactive mouse failed because he received so much support from the Hispanic and Latino community as they found his character entertaining, and he was a core part of their childhood. Kevin Hart also fell victim to cancel culture because of old tweets of him making jokes directed towards homosexuals. Twitter users claimed that he was being homophobic, and even though Kevin made those tweets years ago, and it was likely that he made those tweets with no malicious intent, as most of his stand up comedy is centered around dark and offensive humor, but social media already made up their minds that Hart was acting offensively, and as a result, he had to step down from the 2019 Oscar awards. Cancel culture also affected YouTube phenomenon KSI earlier this year when fans from the Minecraft community said he was allegedly being transphobic. Many fans cracked down on the Black British YouTuber for saying an offensive slur towards transgender people, and despite apologizing and admitting to his ignorance of how offensive the word was, Twitter users all across the platform were shaming KSI, and old statements from him resurfaced as people used them as a means to further justify why KSI was a bad, insincere person. Things had gotten so out of hand that KSI temporarily left Twitter for a few months until things had simmered down, and he was eventually forgiven.
The problem with cancel culture is that people on the internet take offense to content, opinions, and statements that they don’t agree with and attempt to twist the narrative of what celebrities have said to make them look bad. They also resort to bringing up old tweets, footage, or videos of celebs from many years ago, even decades ago, of them committing an act that may be considered controversial now in an attempt to rid them of their platform and reputation. Participants of cancel culture don’t give these influencers and big names a chance to explain their story, change, or grow as a person; they simply see from their perspective that these people will forever be held guilty for their “offensive” actions, and they should never be given second chances as they will never change their ways for the better.
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Dhar, A (2021, February 2021). Minecraft stans want to cancel KSI for allegedly being transphobic and making edgy jokes https://www.sportskeeda.com/minecraft/minecraft-stans-want-cancel-ksi-allegedly-transphobic-making-edgy-jokes
Hunt, J (2021, March 2021). KSI quits Twitter saying users are ‘ready to cancel and destroy your legacy’
Ruiz, M (2021, March 6). Speedy Gonzales defended after NY Times columnist blasts ‘corrosive stereotype’