Harvey Weinstein: Cancelled. Logan Paul: Cancelled. Kayne West: Cancelled. Why? Well, there are reasons for it – but should we cancel everyone?
My awareness of “cancel culture” began with Logan Paul and his very unfortunate judgment call.
In case you forgot about it, what you really need to know is that Logan filmed the body of a dead man whom was still hanging in Japan’s “suicide forest.” SO NOT OKAY. I get it. It’s disrespectful. There’s no reason for it.
Logan is now among a huge list of celebrities that have since been “cancelled” after past tweets, past recordings, or really any past universal moral failure was made public.
The problem with that? In my opinion, there’s a few things wrong with cancelling someone immediately.
Here’s my personal list of what’s wrong with cancelling someone immediately…
- There’s NO TIME for a growth period: We’re not allowing said “cancelled” person to learn or grow from their mistakes – and we’ve all made them. They just happened to be public figures while doing it. We’re choosing to shame them instead. While that may be deserved, it’s also unfair to prevent them from proving they’ve moved on from a past transgression. Our court system does this. The court of public opinion doesn’t, I suppose.
- The reasons for “cancellation” are subjective: We all have different codes of moral conduct as people, don’t we? Why are we forcing others to follow ours? One transgression may not appear as catastrophic to another, and that’s why I think conversations about the act committed would fair better for all. If we can’t even all agree on what’s wrong or right (as a public – not justice system), it’s not fair to hold someone accountable to that.
- We’re no longer “innocent until proven guilty”: We say our justice system ensures that code of conduct. While it’s debatable as to whether or not it really does, if public pressure bleeds into that, we taint it – and potentially force an innocent person to pay for something that they shouldn’t have to. That’s not cool.
What I’m asking for in writing this blog is this; before we “cancel” someone, let’s get the full story first. Let’s not treat public figures or private citizens differently just because one is more “seen” than the other.
Let’s all be a little kinder in our initial approach, until all of the evidence is shared.