Cancel Culture: The Notorious Act of the Internet


Original “Cancel Culture” collage by writer Susan Gutierrez

Susan Gutierrez, Staff Writer

Wherever you go, there’s no easy way of escaping from cancel culture– it always finds a way to crawl back up, adding onto the list of inconvenient things you find on social media.

Cancel culture occurs when audiences don’t agree with an idea, person, or influencer. This can range widely from racial, homophobic, sexist talk or actions. The audience then steps in and spreads the word– this creates a breeding ground for toxicity on social media. In a New York Times article, “Why ‘Cancel Culture Is a Distraction” by Jonah E. Bromwich, he states, “These platforms also let people form groups fluidly and with ease. In groups, individuals’ voices become louder than they were. What those groups do with their new power is up to them — and they have done some extraordinary things.”

While there is no excuse for racial, homophobic, and sexist talk and actions, it is important to realize that in the midst of canceling one, audiences lose their moral thought. This is caused by a critical mass, in which they are too quick to judge without realizing the bigger picture. The one being canceled is ejected from influence by their questionable actions.

A March 2021 poll by the Harvard Center for American Political Studies and The Harris Poll found that 64% of respondents viewed “a growing cancel culture” as a threat to their freedom, 54% said they were concerned that if they expressed their opinions online, they would be banned or fired

Cancel culture has gotten so out of hand to the point where we are split into various groups shaming one over the other based on their ideas, visions, race, and likes. It’s becoming more of a two-sided view of who’s right and who’s wrong. We are so split to the point where we even consider death threats, banning, and firing.

Cancel culture isn’t accomplishing anything, it’s creating even more problems for those around us. It’s a natural human thing to make mistakes, rather than bring someone down for their actions or talk, we should seek a more effective way to help people grow and learn, to look at what drove that person to act in a way.