It’s the year 2070, and the word opinion has no place in the dictionary. In some areas, it has become a forbidden word. People take their words and shove it down their throats because God forbid you say something that isn’t generally accepted. Our society is unforgiving, there is no room for retracing yourself or your words or having alternate opinions on “sensitive” issues, and the heavens forbid you actually voice this out.
As the years have gone by, and more and more people feel more powerful behind their keypads and phone screens, humans have become harder to deal with. Every conversation feels like a war, and when you disagree you get cancelled and no amount of apologies even though you may not be wrong will never get you free of it. There are no second chances or clean slates. It’s 10x harder if you are in the public eye and rely on the good favor of the people to earn a living.
What is cancel culture?
According to Wikipedia, Cancel culture is a modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles either online, or on social media or in the real world or both. Basically, when someone gets cancelled, you become a social media osu – (osu – Igbo word for outcast).
A very popular saying amongst online cancellers is –Free speech is free, but be ready to deal with the consequences-. The entirety of that quote is true, but does that mean people cannot rescind or do/say better in the light of new information?
Social media has given us flawed expectations of human beings. That a person is good and right most of the time does not mean that they cannot make genuine mistakes or say things they don’t agree on. It is in no way wrong to call out people on making genuinely wrong and wicked statements, but cancel culture doesn’t want you to stop there. Let’s kill and bury them online, and even when they apologize and change their minds on the issue, we still do not forgive, and we still do not relent.
With how quickly cancel culture is growing, it places a demand for plastic people. People who go along with the flow, with every opinion that comes their way, with everything that the public deems right.
Social media and very gradually the real world is growing scarier by the minute. With cancel culture, people are too quick to bring out their pitchforks and crucify on the streets of social media. And with how horribly things are going, cancel culture has graduated from just calling people out for mean and questionable statements and has become a way of simply rejecting someone you have disagreed with.
Cancel culture doesn’t want anyone thinking or having personal opinions. It demands that when issues arise, talk about it immediately, and if you don’t, then it means that you agree wholeheartedly and thus, you have to get cancelled over it.
The entire idea behind cancel culture is almost commendable on surface level, but on a much closer look, it really isn’t all that.
As much as people must be held accountable to their words and actions, if these people have retraced their steps and made efforts to be better people than those statements they have made, then why should they remain cancelled?
The main problem with cancel culture is how much un-forgiveness is upheld with it. Another problem is how much fake change its brewing. Many people are lying through their teeth about public issues they have differing opinions on because no one wants to get cancelled, so let’s lie instead and be chirpy about it. Cancel culture doesn’t breed any real change because it just prompts apologies and donations, but the real issue of the why and the mentality behind that opinion doesn’t get corrected.
So while cancel culture on paper may seem applaudable, it doesn’t drive real change, just plastic apologies and vibes.
Are you a fan of cancel culture?
Do you think that cancel culture effects any real change?