Cancel culture describes boycotting a person or an organization because of something unfavorable they said or did. This approach can be toxic because it draws bad narratives of people and makes others feel guilty for agreeing with those who have been canceled.
“Cancellations” of people come in different forms like bashing them, not listening to their music, and creating movements against them.
While those who have been canceled for reasons–like being racist– deserve it, it is unfair to those who may have been falsely accused of something.
In a sensitive time like during the BLM movement, a few internet personalities and ‘celebrities’ have felt the wrath of cancelation for comments they have made. Take a look at some of the recent ones:
Simone has recently been under fire for her latest video, where she speaks on not wanting a man that works a 9-5 job. She states it’s not a money issue, but more of a lifestyle issue.
does B. Simone not realize that if we didn’t pay her corny ass any attention she would be back at the call center? oh ok.
— Sean Garrette (@sgarretteskin) June 10, 2020
B. Simone says nothing is wrong with a day job but she wants an entrepreneur that understands her grind. Social media users were not fond of her statements because they felt she doesn’t have a high-caliber status to make such demands.
B Simone needs to tread lightly considering she doesn’t even have a quality product to fall back on. If you’re winning all bc people like you, it’s probably a good idea to keep them liking you.
— Welpiana (@hoeasha) June 11, 2020
Tokyo Jetz was recently canceled for a video where she said, “Imma George Floyd your muthaf*ckin’ ass” while play fighting with a friend.
Tokyo Jetz is done. She thought making a #GeorgeFloydjoke would be funny? She’s trash! pic.twitter.com/LuB0NRoVTO
— GlockTopickz (@GTopickz) June 1, 2020
The comment, completely insensitive to George Floyd’s death, has landed her a spot on the “canceled” list. She issued a video apology shortly thereafter, but the internet wasn’t here for it.
Tokyo Jetz apologizes for making a joke using George Floyd’s death:
“At any given moment it could be me.” pic.twitter.com/ttTuwYXa0c
— THE NEIGHBORHOOD TALK (@TNHTalk) June 1, 2020
We’re gonna keep this one-two Virgils. Abloh has been criticized for his $50 dollar donation to a bail fund, (F)empower. Many called him cheap, considering his ownership of street fashion line Off White.
He addressed the comments by posting an Instagram statement (which is no longer available) proving his involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I also joined a social media chain of friends who were matching $50 donations. I apologize that appeared to some as if that was my only donation to these important causes.”
Social media has used this moment to use the word “Virgil” to define $50. The internet wins once again.
Always gotta keep it two virgils pic.twitter.com/ubiF20cUaL
— lo-fi hip hop beats to relax/study to (@shahruken) June 5, 2020
The rapper and Love and Hip Hop Miami star referred to BLM protesters as “animals” on her 99 Jamz Radio show alongside rapper Trick Daddy. Trina expressed her support for an extended curfew to avoid the rioting and looting.
“Lock them up at 5 pm, so the streets can be nice and clean, that’s how I feel,” said Trina.
Black Twitter was not very happy with her comments. Some had to humble her while others were unphased.
A video surfaced on May 26 of Doja Cat in a chatroom with other white men who were using racial slurs and the “n-word”. Twitter quickly created the hashtag, #DojaIsOverParty to “officially” cancel her.
"#DojaIsOverParty is trending as fans aim to "cancel" #DojaCat. Video has surfaced of Doja engaging in a chatroom with Caucasian men in which she uses the N word, and fans aren't here for it." –#repost via: #shaderoom pic.twitter.com/4PRwovAafP
— Da_Skeptunes (@Robin_Volpi) May 24, 2020
The videos were extremely controversial. Doja responded stating half of her family is Black from South Africa and she is “very proud of where she comes from.”
She issued an apology that many felt was disingenuous. Doja went to IG Live to express her true feelings stating the previous apology was created by her PR team. After her IG Live apology, she turned off her comments on her Instagram page.
We haven’t heard much from Doja Cat since, except for her recent posts about Breonna Taylor and 9-year-old Zianna Oliphant’s speech regarding BLM . This movement exposed a lot of racists so the timing of the video added more fuel to the fire.
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Some “cancelations” are necessary, especially those that express hatred for a group of people. The cancel culture still remains toxic because it doesn’t allow space for a comeback. Not only that but it also steers the conversation of the issue from the problematic behavior to the person, stifling any true societal progression.
It’s also important to note that the consequences cancel culture does not apply to many celebs, who seem to come back unscathed by any controversy.
Some celebrities have been under fire for domestic and sexual abuse allegations like Ben Afleck or even verified hate crimes like Mike Wahlberg.
But these celebs somehow seem to find their way back into approval and have no problem finding work in their industry.
It seems like newer internet personalities/artists don’t get the opportunity to “come back” unless the public feels they’ve suffered enough. Veterans may get more leeway, except those like R.Kelly.