Today, more than ever, there is an overwhelming social media presence. It is rare to find someone uninvolved in at least one type of social media in 2021. If you do not have Instagram or Snapchat, you must be crazy. If you are not on Facebook, everyone assumes you are a recluse.
Social media has been able to give us a platform in which case everyone can reach everyone. We can contact friends, research sales and even share pictures. A large trend that has risen this year is “cancel culture.” This is known to punish anything that is found morally offensive.
Cancel culture has become a societal pivot point. People are beginning to refrain from speaking their opinions, worried about this cancelation from society. Others seem to grow more opinionated, speaking out about what they think should be canceled.
There are several items that we, as a society, have rightfully canceled. There are movements to cancel racism and sexism, among other things that hurt our society.
It just proves the point that distractions are brought forth from anywhere. Cancel culture has created such a large impact on people, brands, labels and our society that we need to take a step back.
In a piece by Alexandra D’Amour called, “Cancel Culture: The Good, The Bad, & Its Impact on Social Change,” she deciphers the highs and lows of cancel culture as well as the prior “woke culture” that came before it.
“I believe in its positive impact, but cancel culture can also get ugly and isn’t as black and white as I have just possibly portrayed it to be,” D’Amour said. She goes on to discuss how incorrect accusations, the mob mentality and moral outrages greatly effective the damage of cancel culture.
Recently, there has been a “cancellation” of the well-known Mr. Potato Head product which case came after the announcement that Hasbro, the manufacture of the popular children’s toy, decided to drop the “Mr.” despite the existence of “Mrs.” Potato Head as well. Later the next week, controversy spiked when the estate of Dr. Suess made the call to quit the publication of six books.
Fox News Host, Brain Kilmeade stated, “The cancel culture is canceling Dr. Seuss; It’s out of control.”
In the end, cancel culture did not truly bring the demise of either one of these products.
Hasbro voluntarily announced the name change, and the estate of Dr. Seuss made deliberate steps to stop the publications. The memes that spread like wildfire, of course, say otherwise.
While untrue, the cancel culture craze has become a huge distraction for many. According to U.S. House Representative from Ohio, Tim Ryan (D), it has even distracted the men and women working in Congress. After getting a little passionate during his statement, it has since gone viral.
“Heaven forbid we pass something that’s going to help the damn workers in the United States of America. Heaven forbid we tilt the balance that has been going in the wrong direction for 50 years. We talk about pensions, you complain. We talk about the minimum wage increase, you complain. We talk about giving them the right to organize, you complain. But if we were passing a tax cut here, you’d all be getting in line to vote yes for it. Now stop talking about Dr. Seuss and start working with us on behalf of the American workers.”
Cancel culture has certainly evolved over the years and seems to expand every day. While we never know what might be canceled next, at least we know there are people like Rep. Ryan that try to keep others on the right track.
You need to be careful anytime there is possible backlash involved with cancel culture. We have a society in which case Dr. Suess and Mr. Potato Head are deemed “offensive,” yet there has been no commentary on Nicki Minaj singing about “W.A.P.” on stage at the Grammys. There was not anyone claiming to cancel her after she danced on what is perceived as a stripper pole and acting as if she is committing a sexual act with another woman on stage.
The ability to distract the public and completely ignore multiple societal issues is something that cancel culture excels at. There are great moments that have stemmed from cancel culture, especially following much of the Black Lives Matter movement, but it is also a crashing stimulus for many people in the younger generations.
The generational separation caused by access to the internet and social media platforms is phenomenal. Not everyone knows all the facts and rarely do people choose to research all the information. They do not care to know the whole story. They just grasp onto something and run with it.
Cancel culture has come to embrace many different oppositions. It is known to punish anything that is morally offensive, but the vague statement has detrimental impacts.
Think about the true meaning of cancel culture. If you decide to share that post all over social media, highlighting hashtag cancel culture, think about what the impact might be. Consider what distraction it might cause. Then decide, it is truly worth canceling?