Some RHS students share their view on cancel culture.
According to Merriam Webster Dictionary cancel culture is defined as, “the practice or tendency of engaging in mass canceling as a way of expressing disapproval and exerting social pressure.”
Senior Anessa Rios thinks, “Cancel culture takes things too far, sometimes, yet, some people deserve the punishment of being canceled.” An example of when cancel culture goes too far is when it incites violence and disrupts natural peace. Like when Skai Jackson posted the IP address and physical address of a Twitter user after he used a racial slur as a joke.
Freshman Adin Alvarez claims, “Cancel culture is useless because some people who don’t deserve to get canceled, get canceled.” Like in the case of Terry Crews who was canceled on the internet because he came forth about being sexually assaulted and internet goers did not believe him and bullied him and attempted to cancel him for lying.
This raises the question, has anyone actually ever successfully been canceled?
When asked this question David Lucan responded, “When it comes to celebrities, no, none have been canceled, for example Cardi B and James Charles deserved to be canceled, but were not.” Cardi B admitted to drugging men and mugging them and James Charles texted multiple minors in a flirting manner.
Senior Vincent Avila exclaimed, “Gemini Official … got banned and has yet to return.'' Gemini Official was a famous Tiktok influencer who messaged multiple underage girls for sexaul favors. Multiple social media influencers have been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor yet still have a platform. For example, Sienna Mae allegedly sexually assaulted Jack Wright. Sienna Mae still has 13.2 million followers on Tiktok and owns her own clothing line. Another example would be Tony Lopez who allegedly texted underage girls and still has 23.2 million followers on Tiktok.
Cancel culture seems to be slowing down as not that many people seem to be affected by it lately. Cancel culture was most prominent during the pandemic so maybe we will see another rise of canceling during the next pandemic.