I’m not a big fan of the whole cancel culture. Yes, I think if someone has done serious, irreversible damage and hurt to someone’s life, then they shouldn’t get to just continue with their current affairs like that wasn’t the case. But what I’m talking about is people being called out for past mistakes that they’ve dedicated their whole life to fixing, and still being hunted down for something wrong they’ve done in their lives.
Let’s face it, if we were all on the public eye all the time, would you not have something in the past that could come back and not paint you in the best light?
The concerning part, however, is how easily people seem to cancel women rather than men. Men are called out for their behaviour, but they continue to be in positions of power (looking at you, Trump), while women are teared down, their image tainted, and they seem to rarely recover from their cancellation.
Recently, although it was her decision to stop being involved in her career for the foreseeable future, Jenna Marbles has issued an apology for past behaviour and is taking a long break (or permanent break) from YouTube, even if she’s dedicated most of her life to spread positivity and love to the world (and has gotten me through many tough times).
Ellen DeGeneres’ public image is not near as strong as before after allegations that she’s not as nice as she seems. Guess what? She’s still freaking nice as hell, fighting for causes dear to everyone’s heart, sharing her love with the world.
Why are these women, loving people for most of their lives and sharing kindness, being taken down because of a few past mistakes, when certain men stay in positions of power after being publicly horrible for years and years on end?
I would love to give people the opportunity to grow from their mistakes if that’s what they’re choosing to do. To give them a continuous chance to make up for that fact – rather than simply cancelling straight off the bat.