We’ve all heard about ‘Cancel Culture’.

Whether it’s through mainstream news sources, social media, or that one work colleague we all have who also talks about the health benefits of kale and using a standing desk.

What is ‘Cancel Culture’?

Where did it come from?

And how has it become a talking point in 2020?

The truth is, ‘Cancel Culture’ has existed for a long time.

Back in the 1960s, Beatlemania swept the globe, and due to a throwaway remark made by John Lennon about the popularity of Jesus Christ in comparison to the Beatles, many states across the U.S burnt, destroyed and canceled the Beatles from their lives.

By today’s standard, it’s pretty light.

It probably wouldn’t even make it onto the Fox News reel.

However, the cancellation has now mutated into a variety of different forms that have come to prominence in the past couple of years.

Let me explain…

In the last decade, many movements have started, like #metoo, with the noble intention of bringing justice to the victims and calling out the perpetrators of these crimes.

Fortunately, due to the strength of the victims being able to testify in a court of law against their abusers, it has actually led to trials and even arrests.

The offending parties have been cancelled.

However, there is a danger in having so much power.

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A popular series from the past few decades made an interesting point on how far we should go when canceling something we believe to be offensive.

For instance, is Michael Angelo’s, David, an abomination due to the fact it is a statue of a nude man?

I hope if you’re still reading this, the answer is a resounding; ‘No!’

The truth is, there is a lot of good to be done with ‘Cancel Culture’, it just needs to be applied correctly and not overzealously.

Where was Cancel Culture when it was reported a presidential candidate remarked about grabbing a woman by her genitalia?

Cancel culture failed us, amongst many other factors I won’t go into in this particular article.

The point is, we ended up choosing ignorance over truth, which is one of the by-products of this new movement of thought.

The original use of ‘Cancel Culture’, I personally believe is commendable.

Trying to make our world a better and safer place, but, sometimes, we have to look at what we don’t agree with within the face, except its existence, get some perspective on the issue, and find a way to deal with it.    

In the U.S, there have been so many discussions, arguments, and wars over the rise of fascism.

So why let social fascism multiply in your own backyard?


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