WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT CANCEL CULTURE

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Max Ackerman, Staff Writer

Imagine waking up to your phone blowing up with Twitter notifications. You log on to the app, curious about what was going on. Then you see it on the trending tab; your favorite Content Creator (CC) is being canceled! As you dig further to find out what the CC had done to cause such an uproar, you find that there is video of them at a party shouting racial slurs at the top of their lungs. You have looked up to this person for years now, only to find out that they were capable of such hateful speech. Looking at the merchandise that you have bought from them, you begin to feel sick to your stomach. How could they do something like this? You had always thought that they were a good person, but this video proves otherwise. You solemnly begin to pack the merchandise to put it in the back of your closet. You can no longer support the CC because of their words. With one final push into the closet, you say goodbye to the CC, forever. 

Nowadays, when hearing that a celebrity or CC is being canceled, nobody seems surprised by the exposure of their scandalous behavior. This is what one would call “Cancel Culture.” According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, cancel culture can be defined as the practice or tendency to mass cancel someone as a way of expressing disapproval or social pressures. Some of the main reasons for someone being canceled include, but are not limited to, using racial and LGBTQ-phobic slurs, sexist comments, and/or sexual assault allegations. That being said, does anything really get achieved when a mob of people go to a celebrity or social media influencer’s page and skyrocket their social media interactions, giving them more views, comments, and even likes? 

In 2019, Youtuber and Beauty Guru, James Charles, was canceled by his close friend, Tati Westbrook. Westbrook exposed Charles after he supported a rival health and wellness company at Coachella. She reported that he was having sexual relations with a seventeen year old waiter. After losing millions of Youtube subscribers, James Charles released “No More Lies,” a video explaining his side of the story and actually disproving most of the things that Westbrook had said. One should question if Westbrook would have ever revealed this information if Charles had not “betrayed” her. Another Youtuber who is constantly being canceled is Trisha Paytas. Paytas has posted many videos and photographs where they are doing things like black face and racist skits on Japanese culture,  mocking people who go through gender identity crises, and  self diagnosing with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Paytas was able to make a name for themself and continues to do so with their controversial videos. 

As society continues to advance and recognize social injustices, it is more than likely that more and more influencers will get canceled. As this happens, be sure to look for proof behind claims being made against influencers to make sure innocent people are not being wrongly accused.