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Billy is a singer-songwriter and activist. As you can see from the video below, he feels cancel culture is a way to hold individuals to account for what they're saying and sees it as a way for the public to heard. Watch Billy's answers. What would you like to ask Billy?
Lily is a well-being coach, speaker and journalist. In the video below, Lily explains how cancel culture, as it is, doesn't always give much chance for people to be sorry for their mistakes. Watch Lily's answers. What would you like to ask Lily?
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Alex is a journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Independent. Alex recently wrote an article about cancel culture and race, highlighting how sometimes people "cancel" people or TV shows, on behalf of black people. He wrote: "The thing with canceling is that it makes white people feel like they’re doing something useful. But the Black community never asked people to destroy or defund or edit media output which has graced our televisions and our movie theaters and libraries for decades. That isn’t the root cause of discrimination against us. Often, it feels like the (usually white) powers-that-be preempt some sort of angry backlash from my community and act accordingly. Don’t do that.
Yet, I’m not one of those people who hates “cancel culture” as a concept. In fact, I think a healthy bit of canceling and de-platforming can go a long way. Some people have the power to cause unimaginable harm with their words, and should be sanctioned by the businesses that facilitate the spread of their views accordingly. Donald Trump still has a voice, but it helps that it’s no longer on the national stage or, indeed, on Twitter or Facebook. Others like him deserve every sanction they get. The question, as always, is about intent.
For those keyboard warriors who wait for someone to mess up as if it’s some kind of sport, I would say: Stop thinking for communities you’re not a part of and stop trying to predict the future. Creativity is what makes us human. We’ve reached a disconnect between intent and reaction, and that can only be damaging. If you have to work hard to see the malice — and especially if you’re seeing it on behalf of someone else — then I implore you, in the words of Gen Z, to take several seats." What would you like to ask Alex?
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