Should ‘Cancel Culture’ Be…Cancelled?


Cancel culture silences problematic people with fame and power.

  Past mistakes can have consequences. These consequences can go as far as quite literally  throwing  someone’s career and reputation down the drain. This is exactly  what cancel culture does.

  The younger generations, Generation Z and Millenials, have decided that celebrities who have made terrible decisions should receive strict punishment for their actions. Cancel culture is characterized by the punishment of fully kicking them off their platform. Examples most commonly seen by celebrities are offensive words they have said, vile acts committed, or supporting problematic causes. 

  With how self aware and politically motivated the younger generations are, it is  no surprise that they don’t want to praise artists that go against their morals. However, this past year,  some are starting to rethink if this is the most productive  way to help people learn from their mistakes. 

  Some Sanderson Spartans have witnessed cancel culture do it’s part, and they are not  in full agreement nor denial of it. 

  Senior Noelle Hurt spoke out about the topic saying, “I feel like certain  people only pick and choose who they want to be off the platform. Essentially  only cancelling people because they do not personally like them.”  

  Hurt also recognizes the fact that people can learn from their mistakes, and we should value the importance of learning and growing. . She says, “When they do decide to cancel someone, they go overboard. They comment under their posts saying disrespectful things. That’s rude and it still gives them a platform to act on. If you’re going to cancel someone be the same all around and stop associating with them.”

  The act of cancelling someone isn’t always consistent and sometimes it doesn’t give the person in the wrong a chance to see what they did deemed as not acceptable. This is also agreed with by many other students. 

  Senior Amanee Burwell thinks that cancel culture badly affects those that profit off of being famous through social media. “When you think about it, social media is their job and that’s how they get money to provide for themselves. If that’s taken away from them, they will have nothing,” she continues saying, “You also can’t always believe everything on the internet. Sometimes people get cancelled for lies.”

  However, Burwell also believes that there is a chance “cancelling” someone will actually help grow them into a better person. “The person getting cancelled can see the effects of their actions and maybe better themselves moving forward”

  While those two students are content with how they feel about cancelling celebrities, some students aren’t fully sure with how they feel about it.

  Sanderson senior, Grant Webb, thinks it’s ironic how fans give these celebrities the power and influence over our society, then once they do something unlikeable, their platform gets taken away. However, he claims it’s completely valid for fans to take away the platform they give celebrities.

  Webb also thinks the media should give celebrities a chance to learn from their mistakes. “Any human can make a mistake or say something wrong and it’s almost unfair how they can’t share their thoughts or do certain actions because of their repercussions. We put certain people on a pedestal and under a microscope.”

  Sanderson Junior, Chalina Morgan-Lopez, focuses on how it’s right to call out a celebrity’s bad influence, but wrong to praise them in the first place. She says the situation could go two ways, “If they learn from their mistakes, genuinely apologize, and educate themselves, they shouldn’t be de-platformed. It leaves no room for their growth,” she continues, “On the contrary, if someone refuses to acknowledge or don’t feel remorse for something that is incredibly immoral, they no longer deserve to maintain the platform they previously had.”

  Overall the decision whether or not to cancel someone, two sided. It all depends on how far people are willing to go.