By: Kimberly Gray
Celebrities can be canceled at the drop of a hat. With technology ever advancing and most people having recording capabilities in their pockets, mainstream media can easily find an incident involving a celebrity, consequently showing the public all the details. And once that happens, there is no telling what will become of the star.
Sometimes it’s a beloved author, a pop star or a professional athlete who takes a step out of line, and society is quick to see, but slow to forgive.
“Consumers are so quick to cancel but slow to accept the change in the person because they know that those who are craving back the spotlight will do anything to get it back, and once they do get it back, they will change to their old self,” junior Sage Blair said.
Over time, the world and circumstances change. But it has long been debated if people, and who they are at their core, ever change.
“I think that people’s beliefs do change over time,” senior Noah Dann said. “It is hard to accept these changes because our environment wants us to maintain our beliefs, but we want to change and can’t.”
Toxic is a term used to describe a person, environment or situation that is unpleasant or damaging. And when taking a look at cancel culture, it does have some toxic traits.
“I believe that cancel culture is very toxic,” Dann said. “I believe that a thing that happens in the past, where the person tried to change, should not come back and hurt them in the future.”
Media coverage is a factor in how people know what’s going on in today’s world with celebrities. Whether this is through Twitter, Instagram, TikTok or Facebook, social media can be a powerful influence on how someone is perceived by the public.
“More people are getting ‘canceled’ today than ever because of the ability to search people up so easily,” Blair said. “You can go to an influencer’s Instagram and scroll to the bottom and see something that you can cancel them for. It’s just too easy.”
Social media outlets are rarely fair as they can fan the flames of a media firestorm for clicks. And more clicks means more money.
“I do think it is toxic; the media makes it toxic,” senior Savanna Altieri said. “That is their business, and their business only, and the media shouldn’t exploit them.”
Although it can seem like when celebrities get caught saying or doing cancelation worthy things they are no longer going to be accepted by the public again, there is still hope for redemption.
“Previously canceled people can win back their audience and consumers through showing they’re genuinely sorry,” Blair said. “They can take action and donate to an organization that relates to what may have gotten them canceled ( ie: said things about LGBTQ+ community and donates to The Trevor Project and provide support for that part of the community).”
In the end celebrities are human, and they make mistakes.
“I believe that everyone deserves a second chance,” Dann said. “Any person can change and become a better person if given the chance.”