You’re Canceled?

Diana Diaz Aguirre, Journalist

What is Cancel Culture? The reality of mob mentality (Aja Romano). In today’s world, cancel culture has evolved into a disguised way of hatred towards many individuals. Even popular broadcasts and services can be canceled today. The question is, who and what can be canceled, and what reason is given for such a degrading effect on the media? 

To be publicly canceled from social media, an individual, in most terms a popular influencer, is being blocked from the media and prevented from continuing to grow their platform. Over the past years, famous celebrities and even small inspiring influencers on platforms such as Tiktok, Instagram, Twitter, etc., have been canceled. Many times, individuals are hated entirely based on appearance, and envy for certain individuals. Other times, hatred comes towards a certain reason of misbehavior toward a crowd that fans are displeased about. Examples of justified bashing towards a celebrity would be for public misconduct toward others, or basic acts of discourteous attitude. 

The results of a well known influencer being canceled would be public humiliation and an explosion of unpleasant truth. Many media crowds see canceling an individual as a way of social justice for a certain wrongdoing. Although many see destroying a media platform as entertaining and rather a joke, public boycotting an individual seems to always be successful (Romano).

The reason for Cancel Culture is why all large social media celebrities and influencers have to watch public opinions, beliefs, rumors, etc., spread. The outcome of one wrong move can respond with terrible backlash and critique (Romano). 

The evolution of social media has transformed from a safe form of entertainment to a hostile platform for hatred. New York Post states, “the phenomenon of promoting the ‘canceling’ of people, brands and even shows and movies due to what some consider to be offensive or problematic remarks or ideologies — isn’t all that new.” What’s new in the trends to cancel culture and its degrading effect towards social media?