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The Lookout | April 19, 2021

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Staff Editorial: Cancel ‘cancel culture’

Staff Editorial: Cancel ‘cancel culture’
  • On September 18, 2020

From The Lookout Staff

Social media changed the way the world runs; it is a platform for communication and expression. Information can be shared in seconds with the tap of a screen.

It has many pros, but there is one con: cancel culture. says, “‘Cancel culture’ refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive.”

“Canceling” has existed for years, but “cancel culture” was popularized around 2017.

The staff at The Lookout thinks this form of “group shaming” is toxic and does more harm than good.

When someone, a celebrity, for example, gets “canceled” for something racist or homophobic, which they may have tweeted 10 years ago, the person is shunned before they have a chance to explain, apologize and/or educate themselves.

Humans make mistakes, and almost everyone changes, learns and grows over a decade.

People need to be educated, not canceled. “Canceling” buries the real issues, and takes away from activist voices.

However, The Lookout staff wants to make it clear, this does not excuse the offensive behavior, especially something said or done now.

There is no excuse for derogatory behavior in today’s world. Take advantage of the hundreds, if not thousands of educational resources available online, which explain why that behavior is wrong.

But the next time you’re about to “cancel” someone for something they said a decade ago, take a moment to see if they have since apologized and changed.