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The Spread of Cancel Culture

The cancel culture has existed since the beginning of time. As society, opinions and convictions grow within a certain group of individuals, people strive to convince others to support their opinions and views, and otherwise become the judge and jury to rule on the sentencing of others. Whether it was by breaking people physically, burning their homes, stoning, burning at the stake, or linking individuals to evil witch magic, society has always used a mob rule to cancel that person. The reasons for canceling someone back in the day were about food, land, mating or leadership. Today, the same cancel culture has become a cancerous global force that affects individuals, communities and countries—whomever and wherever it chooses. 

With the diversity and inclusion advancements we have made, one would think that freedom of speech and respecting other people’s opinions would be the least of our worries. However, one of the most dangerous things you can do nowadays is state an opinion that does not match the view of the masses. The cancel culture is the voice of public shaming of people who are “problematic” to the mainstream way of thinking. It is usually celebrities or other “public profile people” who are called out after talking about sensitive issues. such as race, gender, political views; but attacks on the average, non-public individual are on the rise.

The acceleration and development of the cancel culture has been extremely aggressive, to the point we can confidently say that views and opinions openly expressed 10 short years ago are not acceptable today. The fact that counter culture has evolved in such a short time to become such a juggernaut is quite dangerous. One could only wonder how aggressive this movement is going to become in the next decade, and what things would be deemed acceptable or unacceptable. More important, who will decide what is and what is not acceptable? 

One of the dangers we are seeing now is the internet is giving a voice to the voiceless, who are now beginning to create an Orwellian dystopia of the surveillance society; a social justice council that decides someone’s fate depending on whether or not what they said was deemed offensive or not. This has gotten so bad that liking someone’s post who is a conservative on Facebook or Twitter can prevent you from getting a job. (Human resource specialists explain how juries would hire social media specialists to dig down deep to find any posts, likes or comments that you have made on social media that could be racists, misogynistic, transphobic, or anything that is not woke enough.) 

This behavior and psychology of canceling someone needs to be investigated and researched to better understand its motives. Signaling how virtuous someone is, or trying to look as progressive as possible, is probably the closest answer, but there might be more to this than meets the eye. 

How it began…

While some may argue that the roots of the cancel culture are Marxist or communist, the true source of it is something that is natural in our animalistic brain. Canceling someone pretty much boils down to you not liking that person for being different than you in their thoughts and behaviors. We like to be popular and feel like our opinions are also popular; when there is something that challenges these opinions, people with less mature brains seek to cancel the person instead of willingly engaging in constructive dialogue. 

The phrase “cancel culture” started to become popular around 2017, even though the practice itself is as old as the human race. It’s pretty much a cultural boycott of a person, and just like all boycotts, the goal is to make the subject realize their mistakes by way of a personal or public sabotage. This sabotage and destruction could be in the form of ridicule, financial hardship, or destroying their public image. The cancel culture started to take shape around the time when Tumblr was popular. In 2010, a trend called “YFIP,” or Your Fava Is Problematic, became a public trend. These were posts that mocked a celebrity for what they did, ridiculed some of their text messages, or leaked pictures and documents that exposed something they did. What YFIP also did was to mock anyone that likes that celebrity; if an individual likes the celebrity despite something they did, that means they must like what the celebrity did.

Right around 2012, things took a wild turn where the definition of the “problematic” part was up for grabs. Some said it was only for rapists, human traffickers and pedophiles, but others started to stretch the definition a bit more. Problematic quickly became “anything I don’t agree with.” This touched on topics such as race, gender and transgender issues. 

Where the cancel culture really flourished is through the “Feminist Twitter” and “Black Twitter.” This includes Twitter accounts and pages of people of African descent, or a feminist or other “Me Too Movement” individuals. Canceling someone became anything that offended the black or feminist twitter. And so, the hunt for problematic people has begun, including anyone and everyone who catches the ire of these twitter movements. 

The cancel culture mob traces any posts or retweets about a person as far back as 2012. The problem is that the culture never acknowledges whether a person changes, for better or for worse. Once you are canceled … it is done! What is even more worrisome is that the cancel culture engages in a mentality that makes “sheep” look like independent thinkers. The cancel culture demands compliance and collective philosophy; everyone needs to think the exact same way, like the same type of music, go on the same trips and even date the same people.

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