Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard, one of the 2020 presidential candidates, says those who are promoting the so-called “cancel culture” are doing a “disservice to our country.”
The rise of “cancel culture”
“Cancel culture,” also known as “callout culture,” is a form of boycotting someone who has shared an unpopular or questionable opinion, or has engaged in behavior that is perceived to be problematic or offensive.
The offending person is then “canceled” through a social and cultural boycott.
The goal of cancel culture
What cancel culture ultimately aims to do is shut down the canceled person’s voice. That person’s celebrity gives them power, and cancel culture aims to take it away by diminishing their significance through public shaming.
To put it bluntly, cancel culture aims to make a person such a pariah that no one wants to get involved with them.
The targets of cancel culture
By far, the largest groups of individuals getting called out by cancel culture are celebrities.
Largely, the affected are actors and actresses, comedians, TV hosts and musicians. Next in line are politicians.
Gabbard speaks out against cancel culture
Hawaii Congresswoman Gabbard would like to see the practice of cancel culture come to an end.
“I think it’s a disservice to our country and, frankly, dangerous to promote this…this cancel culture because it creates a culture of fear, frankly, for people who want to speak out, who want to share their views and their opinions,” Gabbard explained during an interview.
“There are a lot of things that people say that I disagree with, that I disagree strongly with, but I’m a soldier and I’m willing to lay my life down for the protection and the defense of our rights and freedoms.”
Why cancel culture is bad
The problem with cancel culture is that the canceled person is deemed guilty with no chance to prove their innocence.
United States criminal law works on the premise that someone is innocent until they are proven guilty. Then, if someone is found guilty, they pay some sort of penalty either monetarily, by imprisonment, or through some other form of restitution in which they pay their debt to society and work towards rehabilitation.
However, that’s not how cancel culture works. There is no goal for rehabilitation – the goal is strict excommunication.
Cancel culture is ruining careers. Some people are suffering very detrimental effects to their livelihood because of being canceled.
On the other hand, there are a number of celebrities and politicians that people have attempted to cancel, but their efforts have failed.
As it turns out, some people are too big to cancel, such as Taylor Swift and Kanye West.