Is Cancel Culture a real thing? | #YMornings
Written by Botlhale Satsha on 6th Nov 2019
When people get cancelled by social media users, what does it really mean?
Personalities and artists such as R Kelly, Mampintsha, Chris Brown and Sjava who have been reported to be perpetrators of GBV, have since been “cancelled” by some social media users. Yet, in an on-air conversation between #YMornings and its listeners, it became evident that the same artists are still widely supported, even by some who may, at some point, have claimed to cancel them.
Cancel culture is just for the socials
Cancel culture, also known as call-out culture, may be defined as a social media courtroom that often leads to the mass declination of an individual (usually being celebrities).
When the #YMornings team began a discussion around the authenticity of cancel culture and those practising it, a question of impact and authenticity arose.
Do people genuinely stop listening to and supporting these artists or do they do it for clout?
Listen to the convo here:
The conversation continued onto the socials and some Tweeps had this to say:
Cancel culture is stupid #YMornings
— Mshiseni Gagashe (@Duxtch) November 4, 2019
@Yfm #ymornings I suspect " Celebs" are human, and they are prone to doing human things.Cancel culture is like disciplining a child for bad behavior & forgiving them after they've learned their lesson. My opinion is ;don't throw stones at glass houses we aren't all saints.
— KCMmuoe (@KCMmuoe) November 4, 2019
I'd like to think I'm very open to help. What I'm not open to though is cancel culture #Ymornings
— uMandlakazi I (@uMandlakazi) September 2, 2019
#CancelCulture may attempt to represent a social media justice system but is the impact enough ever? Is justice truly served?