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Cancelling Cancel Culture

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There comes a point in everyone’s lives where they are presented with two choices: stay stagnant and ignorant or learn and grow.  


Cancel Culture is the mob mentality in which people cut off, or “cancel,” others and is often based off one mistake which gives the cancelled person no opportunity to redeem themselves.


An example from early 2018 of someone being cancelled is Kat Von D. Kat Von D is a tattoo artist extraordinaire and CEO of her very own makeup company. When Kat Von D announced her pregnancy and shared her anti-vaxxer beliefs, both her as a person as well as her makeup brand were deemed cancelled. Not only that, her social media was flooded with threats aimed towards her and her unborn son.


Although I am a huge fan of vaccinations and a huge fan of not dying from preventable archaic diseases in 2019, I know good makeup when I see it. I realize that her brand is more than just her as a person, her brand provides jobs for many people and they produce genuinely good products.

Cancel her or don’t, spend your money however you want – this isn’t about the bottom line. This is about the fact that the umbrella of “Cancel Culture” has replaced all original thoughts and judgements, never giving people the chance to evolve.


There are many other examples of the dark side of Cancel Culture, and if you’re curious just search “#cancelled” on any social media platform, and try not to become a cancel-happy sheep in the process.


If someone does something completely unforgivable (I’m looking at you, R. Kelly) then, by all means, cancel them. Just don’t hop on bandwagons that are simply looking for people to hate, with zero intentions of educating.


Think for yourself, don’t make dumb decisions and set your own boundaries of what constitutes being cancelled and what doesn’t.


Amanda Wilkins

Oklahoma '22

Amanda Wilkins is a Freshman Journalism major at the University of Oklahoma.
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