Well, well, well. Looks like cancel culture is hitting harder than ever in light of current events. Everyday on Twitter, another celebrity or “public figure” falls victim to #cancelculture or #ThisPersonisOverParty.
Cancel culture is mainly a hot trend on Twitter exposing and shaming people for . . . basically anything. The target ranges from famous people to influencers to businesses and corporations.
It’s a double-edged sword, I think. Sometimes it’s rightly justified, other times it’s completely ludicrous but equally harmless. Other times it’s just foolishness that gets entirely too much attention.
With the quarantine and, more recently, the police and racial equality protests in America, more and more people with a significant following/platform and big companies are getting #canceled on Twitter every hour of every day. It’s mad.
People are really bored and mad. Burger King was really canceled by Taylor Swift stans just for saying they like her songs about her ex or something. Swifties called it “slut-shaming.” But, of course, some of this shaming and outrage is necessary in rare instances.
But I want to focus on Black cancel culture. This includes Doja Cat, Terry Crews, B. Simone, LL Cool J, and J. Cole.
- Doja Cat
Let’s start with this woman. She’s always getting canceled for the same thing and each time it’s brought up like it’s some new revelation to those tweeting about it.
Doja Cat is always being canceled for being a colorist and claiming her Blackness when it’s convenient. She was also cancelled for saying she only dates white men and doesn’t date Black men.
This most recent canceling came with some “new” receipts that showed her in racist chatrooms. There were also talks dusting up again about an unreleased song she made centered around the n-word.
This whole big deal was made over all of that, but it was pointed out that mainly Black men were attacking and cancelling her and a few Black women in the mix. But I’d like to point out some of these very same people were outed for old tweets with anti-Black women sentiments and Black woman bashing, especially of darker skinned women.
I’m not a fan of Doja Cat myself, but honestly, if these guys don’t like Black women anyway, why do they care so much about who she dates? She wouldn’t look their way anyway. Also, her coping with self-hate or whatever makes her feel better about herself is her own thing. Nothing really to riot over.
I think that cancellation was over-exaggerated.
- Terry Crews
I love Terry Crews as an actor, but in real life he can say and do some questionable things. There is no such thing as Black supremacy. If there was, we, Black people, would be in an indisputable position of power over other races and able to oppress those under us…and we aren’t.
Which is why I find his response to the current protests and demands for racial justice in response to police brutality and systemic racism disappointing, at best.
As he ends the tweet with “we’re all in this together,” I agree, and that’s what the people are fighting for, not just Black people– equality, not Black supremacy.
Rightly so, he was canceled, even further from previous tweets and statements, by Black Twitter. Then he went on a whole justification tour for the tweet.
- B. Simone
I still don’t understand who she is or why she’s considered famous, but I know it’s for makeup/beauty brand/influencing and. . . rapping(?).
Seems like every day I open Twitter, she’s trending nowadays. The first time I saw her trending a few weeks ago, it was in response to the protests and riots and her saying,
“I’m not living to please man. I’m here to please God at the end of the day… I am a CHRISTIAN! I’m God fearing, I have to answer to him! I’m going to ask myself WWJD not what an angry black woman do! I am angry but i am also trying to be Godly.”
People were bringing up how she based her whole internet persona on pleasing men and came off as hypocritical. Yeah, she does. That’s how she chooses to use her platform, then she later shared some links and flyers for protests and fundraisers.
The next time I saw her trending, she was listing her preferences for an entrepreneur rather than a 9-to-5 man, seen in the above tweet. This cancellation was silly. Women can’t have preferences now?
The next time I saw her canceled, again, it was for her new book that dropped. Turned out she had stolen creative, work from other women on Pinterest and other sites VERBATIM and put it in her book. Not just a couple of pages, but several.
So yeah, I think B. Simone is going to stay getting cancelled for a while if she keeps this up.
- LL Cool J
LL Cool J had a tweet that garnered a lot of attention because people felt he was deflecting from the issue at hand of police violence against Black people.
He was getting a lot of heat from pretty much everybody. His song with Brad Paisley titled “Accidental Racist” even resurfaced. I’m not defending LL Cool J or taking sides, but it was a dumb tweet that gained more attention than it deserved. He doesn’t even have biracial children.
It only made it worse for him that he went on IG live to yell and debate about it. It didn’t get him canceled for long, and it shouldn’t have, in my opinion.
J. Cole got a lot of heat for offering a sound perspective and writing a song about another rapper, Noname. Eveyone poured out their anger and feelings calling him misogynistic and saying he’s bashing black women.
Sure, the line about not liking her “tone” was a bit debatable, but other than that, I saw no issue with the song.
But like I said, cancel culture results a lot out of boredom and trying to find issue with anything, usually small and anybody big or big-ish. It wasn’t a misogynistic song, and Noname didn’t have to respond with a song as if she were being attacked by J. Cole either. But she did.
So I think it had a lot to do with overanalyzing and finding issue where there was none. As far as I’m concerned, J. Cole is out there doing his part, so I don’t think he’s canceled for “Snow on the Bluff.”
Overall, I think cancel culture is stupid. It takes away attention from the people in entertainment and other people with a platform who need a fire kept under their hinds.
That’s not to say it hasn’t been effective, but that’s rare. In some cases, cancel culture has exposed otherwise closeted racists, colorists, and sex offenders who have since been excommunicated and banished to obscurity in their professions.
Once again, cancel culture is like a double-edged sword, but it leans more toward the side of silliness and boredom than the side of reason.
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