Reasons We Love Ellen And Hate Cancel Culture
The internet wants her cancelled, and I am not here for it. #istandwithellen
The internet right now is a pretty cruel and unforgiving place. No matter what you have done your whole life, one fuck up and you're done. I'm not talking about actual crimes, or ongoing hate speech, which is obviously not okay. And everybody has their own limits. But I find this new line of 'cancel culture' really worrying. It's an extreme form of censorship masquerading as 'wokeness', and it seeks to chastise anyone whose opinions don't align with that of the status quo, branding you instantly 'right-wing' (which I personally am not) and uneducated (which I also am not) because you don't agree.
So, what is cancel culture? According to an open letter published by Harper's Magazine July issue, 153 writers and intellectuals who signed defined it as 'an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty.' Basically, a person, usually in the public sphere, does or says something that is deemed offensive by a small or large amount of people. Public backlash ensues, and even if there is an apology (which now is the course), there are calls, usually through a social media bandwagon, for the person to be 'cancelled'- that is, as stated in Vox, to 'effectively end their career or revoke their cultural cachet, whether through boycotts of their work or disciplinary action from an employer.'
Writer Steven Greenhut argues that 'The result is self-censorship [and] a narrowing of the public discussion...How many of us think twice before posting a legitimate message—not because the post is offensive per se, but because of the possible repercussions..