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Dangers of Cancel Culture

Does the term canceled mean anything?
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Photo Sophie Le
Action created by the media as a way of boycotting and bringing shame to a particular topic.

Ellen Degeneres, canceled. Brandy Melville, canceled. Columbus Day, canceled. Everything has always been political. No matter how big or small, if the media believes an issue is worth bringing to light; it will be accounted for. With the rise of social reform, we see issues in history brought forward to our modern day. Learning from history and agreeing not to make the same mistakes is important. However, public shaming isn’t an effective way of holding mistakes accountable.

Social media is known to create trends and spread information expeditiously. Building a community and sharing your voice has been easier than ever. But does the convenience of public sharing have its downfalls? Writing a tweet on twitter, designing a post on Instagram, and filming a video on TikTok creates a much quicker way of spreading personal opinions to the public. Taking a minimum of 15 seconds, posting on social media platforms has become so popular due to how easy it is. Spreading like wildfire, public sharing can catch on extremely quickly.

Every year more and more topics are added to the “canceled list.” For public figures, if the media decides their controversial remark, action or scandal is unjust, the celebrity is boycotted and their career supposedly destroyed.

Though consequences for hateful actions are important, the media is quick to judge and label a person before understanding the full story. For example, Lizzo was accused of a variety of assault by three background dancers in her show for Jay Z’s Made in America Festival. The internet was quick to cancel Lizzo for these claims and even quicker to believe this gave them the right to outspokenly body shame her. Cancellation does NOT mean the slander of celebrities is okay. Cancel culture isn’t a horrible concept but the process isn’t effective at all.

In the article “Student Trina Mitra explains how to hold people accountable in a way that promotes real change”, from Malala.org‘s funded publication of student opinions, “When we cancel someone for saying something offensive, we condemn their personal failure more than the larger institutional problem. This teaches people that seeming socially aware is more important than being socially aware,” Mitra said.

We miss out on actually teaching people to learn and change by forcing them to feel pressured into feeling a certain way for the media. Instead of focusing on shaming, we as a society must prioritize growth and change.

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Sophie Le
Sophie Le, Staff Writer
Sophie Le is a sophomore at Robinson, and a Staff Writer for Knight Writers. This is her first year on staff. Le joined journalism because she wanted to gain more writing experience. "I wanted to practice writing more, and I feel like this is a great opportunity to practice every week and write stories about things I like,” she said. Her goals for this year include many things involving social media and photography. "I wanted to practice writing and explore other areas of journalism." Le said. When not in class, Le is the Vice President of Congre, Social Media Manager of Knightmare and the secretary of Book Club. She chose these clubs because she wanted to be an active part of the school through the things she enjoys. "I chose French when I went to IB, book club because I love to read, I love seeing different genres and different books, and then Knightmare because I love school spirit and going to football games,” she said. Outside of school, Le's favorite extracurriculars are playing tennis, either on Robinson's varsity girl's team or on her club team, helping sew at her grandmother's alteration shop, along with shopping and thrifting. These help her calm down when stressed with her busy schedule, she explains how she enjoys making outfits. "I love shopping and thrifting, because it's my favorite hobby. It's so fun, I love putting together outfits." Le said. Le says she would like to continue in journalism throughout high school, with hopes of writing about current fashion. "I would love to write about fashion; I think definitely in the future that could be an interest." Le said. (Profile by Ryan Rolle)
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