Cancel culture: understanding the good and bad side.

The term ‘cancel culture’ has not only got popular in the last few years, but it comes with a dreadful side as well.

Unless you lived under a rock, you must have come across all the influential individuals getting cancelled who used their power to mistreat other people. Getting cancelled is becoming a trend and rightfully so. But the whole cancel culture has to do lots with context, which not many people are aware of. In short cancel culture means to stop supporting public figures or celebrities over their objectionable behaviour. This can include boycotting them or refusing to promote their work.

The positive impact of Cancel culture

It will be incomplete if I don't start by saying how Harvey Weinstein got cancelled and by stating that it also created the #metoo movement in 2017. So many actresses came forward sharing their own experience saying how Harvey Weinstein mistreated them. He was once this mega-producer who was able to dodge lawsuits and sexual abuse accusations for about 25 years. It wasn’t until public outrage and pressure through the #metoo movement that the police got involved in the case. In 2018 Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape and several other counts of sexual abuse. In this case, justice was served to the people. Cancel culture was impacted by justice culture.

On January 15, 2015, the academy awarded all 20 acting nominations to white actors for the first of two consecutive years which inspired April Reign to create the #OscarsSoWhite. Reigns words sparked a media outrage. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith boycotted the Oscars that time. They even got backlash for cancelling their subscription to The Oscars. There were no women in the director's category; there were no visibly disabled people nominated so #OscarsSoWhite has never just been about race; it was about the underrepresentation of all marginalised groups. This caused an uproar in social media. People started seeking what's right for diversified characters portrayed in Hollywood movies. Fast forwarded to 2018 Oscars four people of colour were nominated in the acting categories. Peele got nominated three times for ‘Get out’, won for original screenplay. And 2020 has changed its course of history. Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Parasite’ has won a leading four awards. Just in a few years, there's has been a massive change in the way Oscars are nominated—the power to cancel culture that impacted a positive difference.

The negative impact of cancel culture

Almost all of us know about the Jeffree Star, Tati and James Charles fiasco in 2019. The drama reached a height where James Charles lost about 3 million subscribers in a day. James Charles fans started destroying his eyeshadow palette. All this started in a rage to cancel James Charles. It was over a toxic beauty community drama that involved jealousy which turned into something so bad that a 20-year-old had to suffer because he achieved stardom at that age. It wasn't until this year when Tati came out with an apology video; the situation got cleared what happened. Explaining how she was groomed and fed false information by Jeffree Star. Now we can only imagine the trauma, James Charles had to go through during the time he lost millions of subscribers, mostly teenagers over something he didn't do. Not only him but his parents suffered as well. Before jumping onto action, we should wait for both the stories to come out; this is what cancel culture has done. Without thinking, we get to cancel a person, probably his career or harm his mental health.

The more we dig into his history, the more controversial it gets. There was a time when Jeffree Star was extremely racist. I have been following him from the time he started his makeup company. This is because he does quality products. This year with Shane Dawson getting cancelled Jeffree Star was on the verge of getting cancelled as well, the beauty brand Morphe dropped all the collaborations with him. But we all need to get this straight racism still exists today. We won't be able to change every single people in the world, but we can give a chance to better themselves. Jeffree has acknowledged his racist past and apologised as well. Now a lot of us won't accept it, but some people have moved on. Personally, I'm not too fond of Jeffree Star, but his products never fail to impress me and its worth every penny. Cancelled or not if a person is apologising trying to outcome their mistakes, we should give them a chance before jumping on the cancel culture.

Being able to express moral outrage, cancel culture has allowed for power dynamics to start to change. It has been extremely effective at combating sexism, racism or any other type of abuse or harmful wrongdoing to others. But the bad side is way dangerous than the right side. We see people with personal vendettas come out to try to single out and ostracise one person due to personal issues that could have been resolved with a firm and straightforward communication. It is essential to look out for abusers in our spaces, and in no way shape or form should their behaviour be tolerated or ignored. We need to sit them down, talk to them, and ask them to apologise, and maybe even leave. And these can be incredibly difficult conversations to have. But I think with the right support and right group, these things can be addressed in a way that does not need to be violent or maleficent. I genuinely hope that cancel culture will soon be a thing of the past, but I guess, for now, let’s do our best to not participate in it.



An old soul trapped in a millennial, a feminist who loves pink. Anything old school is my cup of tea. Humanity is the religion I believe in.

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An old soul trapped in a millennial, a feminist who loves pink. Anything old school is my cup of tea. Humanity is the religion I believe in.