Calling Out Cancel Culture

The ins and outs of cancel culture.


Anna Emerson

Cancel Culture: The modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles – either online on social media, in the real world, or both.

Madison Kelly, Journalist

In the day and age of social media and social media influencers, scandals are bound to arise. How are influencers held accountable? Oftentimes, they get canceled. 

“It is when people bring up things that people have done, usually in the past, and they just completely cancel them essentially,” said Wyndsor Cutchins, 12. “They say these are bad people and we shouldn’t idolize them or watch any of their stuff anymore.” 

It all started as a way of holding those with big platforms and influence accountable and letting them know it won’t be looked past. However, some people think it’s gone too far. 

“I think that just educating people in a gentle manner would do a lot more than just being aggressive about it… it’s stupid and it makes people afraid to be human and make a mistake,” said Hannah Tuggle, 11.

Most people that tend to get canceled are those with big platforms like Tik Tok, Instagram, and Youtube influencers. The media has even tried to cancel some celebrities. 

“Shane Dawson, Ellen DeGenerous, she got canceled last year… Jeffre Star, It’s been a lot of Youtubers,” said Cutchins. 

Influencers and celebrities get canceled for a wide range of things, whether it has to do with racist remarks, cheating, and even black face. There is even a youtuber named Trisha Paytus who is well known for being “immune” to cancel culture. 

“People call her non-cancelable, no matter what she does she just can’t be canceled because she is too self-aware. I think she has grown a lot in the past few years,” said Tuggle, “not saying she is perfect, she’s not the best human being in the world.” 

Trisha Paytus has been called out on numerous scandals over the years like black face, faking Dissociative Identity Disorder, and coming out as transgender. Many viewers claim that she does it all just for views and attention. 

“With her transgender remarks, it’s normal to have gender dysphoria… And she might have thought for a little bit that she was transgender, but the way that she goes about speaking on these things is just not right,” said Tuggle, “She is a grown woman, I think she is in her thirties, and she should know how to talk about it in an appropriate way.”