Cancel Cancel Culture Quick

Picture this: you’re 6 years old on your first day of first grade. You walk into the classroom, take a seat at your desk, and meet the boy you will sit next to for the whole year. After talking for a few minutes, you immediately become best friends. You both like Star Wars. You both were born in September. You both are nervous about school. You guys really hit it off. Throughout elementary school you remain to be best friends, doing everything together. Once middle school comes around, you worry that your friendship will disintegrate, but even with all the mood swings and different classes, you remain friends. In seventh grade, you go through quite an embarrassing phase of your life. You start picking fights with people. You constantly tell dark jokes about murder, homosexuality, rape. You start believing you’re better than everyone else, but your friend sticks with you even then. When high school comes around, there’s almost nothing that can break you. You two are thick as thieves and know everything about each other. You branch out to some other activities and friends, but your friendship remains constant. When college hits, however, you guys depart, and don’t see each other for a whole year…


The first summer after college, you agree to meet up for dinner in your hometown. Excitedly, you arrive 15 minutes early! Your friend, however, is five minutes late. You sit down and talk, but he seems rather disengaged and upset. You ask him, “What’s wrong?” He looks back and forth at you for a moment and finally speaks. “Listen, after some exploration in college, I found out I’m actually bisexual, and I remembered yesterday a joke you told me in seventh grade about homosexuality, and I just find that very offensive now. So one, we aren’t friends anymore; and two, I’m gonna make sure you never succeed in anything again.”


This may sound ridiculous and unrealistic, but it’s quite honestly exactly what modern-day “Cancel Culture” is. In the past few years, we’ve had people like Kevin Hart, James Gunn, Dave Chapelle, and others be victims of this new wave of sensitivity. Luckily all of those people still have careers, however, there are constantly tweets written expressing a swarm of unforgiveness to these people. 


Just a few weeks ago, comedian Kevin Hart, unfortunately, got into a car wreck, and even in that time, there were still tweets (largely from people in the LGBT+ community) exclaiming how they didn’t care about his accident in the slightest because of a homophobic joke Hart had made in the past. That mentality, truly, is simply rude, uncompassionate, and intolerant. For one, Hart has apologized multiple times for the joke he had made in the past; and two, the man literally got in a car wreck. Imagine if a friend you upset in middle school one time, laughed about the thought of giving compassion to you when you got hurt. Some may argue Hart’s old jokes have more weight than a friend offending you in middle school because it adds to hate-culture and the homophobia of the world, affecting people daily, but for one, doesn’t unforgiveness add to hate culture too? And two, homophobia will undoubtedly never go away. People don’t like to hear this of course, but as long as religion exists, homophobia will always be there. If you care deeply about the issues of homophobia, you can’t block someone from getting through the door of your party because of one joke in the past that was simply an addition to a broad scope that would have gone on the same way whether the joke was made or not. People that are pro-cancel culture tend to lean more left, and people on the left usually like to promote love, equality, and acceptance to all. However, in times like this, they seem to not realize that this includes people that they don’t align with in some way, and there is no love in unforgiveness. 


To be clear, in the cases of rape, it is completely understandable why a community would want to boycott someone out of a business. Even mentioning rape in any not so serious manner is deemed largely unacceptable in Hollywood. However, why don’t people do the same for murder? People love to hear rappers talk about how they aren’t afraid to shoot a person who wrongs them, and they love to see intense fight scenes that result in murder at the movies, but they can’t even hear the word rape without screaming. Both rape and murder are terrible, terrible horrendous things that should never happen to anyone ever. However, it’s odd that people have desensitized the literal killing of a person to such an extent that it’s a huge part of pop culture, but they’ve done the complete opposite with rape. Either they both should be desensitized, or they both should be taken more seriously. What choice the world makes with that is their united decision. Around 47 people are murdered each day in America, all of these people have parents, friends, and family that are deeply affected by this forever. Of course, more people are raped than murdered, according to RAINN, every 92 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, that’s about 939 people a day. This is a truly horrendous and disgusting statistic that should not be ignored, but is it truly okay to make light of murder consistently in media, but not do the same with rape? It is a more common atrocity, yes, but the effects of murder have the potential to be just as dramatic to a person as rape. Certain musical artists like Eminem and Tyler, the Creator have attempted to push the boundary of desensitization on this subject in their music with lines from Eminem in the song “Kill You” referring to raping his own mother and lines from Tyler comedically discussing a rape of a pregnant woman in the song “Tron Cat.” If it was right to write these lyrics is not the question at hand, the question at hand is if it’s fair to desensitize one thing, but not the other. Both of these artists along with many others have said countless other “pro-violence” song lyrics in their music, with lines explicitly describing a murder with a chainsaw from Eminem in the same song for instance, and the discussion of explicitly murdering both rapper B.O.B and singer Bruno Mars in Tyler’s song “Yonkers”. Both of these lyrics did not get nearly the same amount of backlash as the rape-centered lines. Both are horrible acts, that do horrible things to other people in a long term effect, so is it right to treat them so differently? 


Some people argue cancel culture isn’t even real because so many people still have careers that have made controversy in the past. There are several people that say it’s not real on Twitter, but it is. Just because Hillary Clinton didn’t win the presidency doesn’t mean her campaign wasn’t real. Just because we never got Spider-Man 4 doesn’t mean it wasn’t real. Just because a baseball team didn’t win the game doesn’t mean the game wasn’t real. Just because the protesters at pride-parades aren’t effective at what they’re trying to do doesn’t mean they’re not real.. People try to cancel people constantly, and just because you don’t see it working doesn’t make it non-existent. Even if cancelers don’t win the battle, they’ve added a massive amount of stress to the American climate, and unlike a singular joke Kevin Hart made, things wouldn’t be the same without it. Cancel culture members will try to put all the blame of the tension in America on politics, but members of the culture don’t help us live happier, they just make people scream louder. 


Is a fight really necessary? Is a career lost really necessary? If you really care about peace, love, and equality, how about you start by forgiving people that offended you and not try to take everything away from them? Because the more you protest with your sign (Twitter) to people that have offended you from the sidelines of their parade. You’re turning in to the very people you’re against: unaccepting, unforgiving, hateful human beings.