Cancel culture:what is the difference between cancel culture and human rights

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What is the difference between cancel culture and human rights?

(I haven't seen anyone talking about this so if you did talk about this before I then credit it to you and please you could tell me in the comments if there is anything I work on.)I believe that there is a huge difference between both of these topics but first let's see what does both human rights and cancel culture.

Humans rights

Human rights are norms that help to protect all people everywhere from political, legal, and social mistreatment for example these are some human rights that include:

-the right to freedom of religion/Culture

-the right to a fair trial when charged with a crime

-the right to not be tortured

-the right to engage in political activity

These are protected both nationally and internationally laws. Human rights mostly come from few important documents such as the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights and many more.

But where do they come from?

Human rights are now/still protected by the laws even nationally and internationally.

These rights are very important to us both physically and mentally so without them then we would have not been in a world where we get treated unfairly.

Cancel culture

From the internet, it is said that cancel culture refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for (cancelling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive. Cancel culture is generally discussed as being performed on social media in the form of group shaming.

But why is cancel culture a problem?

In my opinion, I believe that Cancel culture is a big problem but it is not something new I believe because we humans have criticised other human beings as well but we also have disrespected other religions and their culture but again this isn't something new in my opinion this topic can be also seen in cyber-bullying and bullying, bullies do bully other people because of their culture and their culture this is not right it is wrong to do so because then the victim who gets bullied for their culture they now feel depressed and shamed about their cultural meaning that they won't spend time with family while their celebration.

So this is why I believe that there is a difference between these topics.

But remember how I mentioned that human rights protect people for the freedom of their religion/culture this means that humans rights could protect people who feel ashamed of their culture and realise that they should not feel like this.



What do you guys think of these topics is there a way to stop cancel culture and how would you feel if you got ashamed of your culture and what would you do?

If you were a human activist how would have you felt that people are ashamed of their culture?

Comments (6)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    05 Jul 2021

    A really good starting point for discussion, shining_journalist. A few things you could add - how does cancel culture connect with human rights? You've outlined their meanings, now can look into the relationship a bit more. When does cancel culture erode human rights, if ever? When does it protect them?

    Also, it's worth remembering that we talk about "cancel culture" in a different way to people's cultures. Culture in general is a collection of the ideas and behaviour of a particular people or society, so we're not necessarily looking at people being ashamed of this. Cancel culture describes the behaviour you've described above.

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    1. Cheam Common logo wondrous_orca | Cheam Common Junior Academy
      Tom @ the BNC's comment 05 Jul 2021

      I am not shining_journalist but I would like to answer your question.
      I think cancel culture connects to human rights because it is almost the exact opposite of human rights. Cancel culture takes away your right to freedom of speech which is, in my opinion, a major part of your human rights. Cancel culture erodes human rights because you are no longer allowed to speak aloud. Your right to freedom of speech is gone. However, cancel culture protects the others because it sets and example that crimes are not only physical. It shows that words can hurt more than punches or kicks which stops other people from hurting people in fear from losing their rights (or just because they have a kind heart)
      I would also like to say kudos to shining_journalist. I liked your post and think it is an excellent discussion starter.

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      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        wondrous_orca's comment 05 Jul 2021

        Great contribution, wondrous_orca!

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      2. tom Tom @ the BNC
        wondrous_orca's comment 05 Jul 2021

        Great contribution, wondrous_orca!

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    05 Jul 2021

    In my opinion, cancel culture connects with human rights because if someone is campaigning for human rights, they might be fearful for their jobs or university admissions, if what they're campaigning for leads to them being cancelled.

    An example of this is, people campaigning for ‘Black Lives Matter’ might be cancelled because some politicians link them to defunding the police and not just how police treat black people. This might lead to them being labeled as political activists, rather than campaigning for human rights.

    In addition, I also think that cancel culture connects to human rights because human rights gives you the freedom of speech, but, like wonderous_orca said, human rights and cancel culture are basically the opposite each other, so cancel culture basically erases human rights, like in the image we saw in (competition#41picturethis pictureB) because cancel culture stops you from speaking and expressing your ideas.

    By the way, I enjoyed reading your post shining_journalist, I also liked the lay-out of your discussion.
    I also enjoyed reading your opinion wonderous_orca, I liked how you expressed your ideas about the question. Great work!! I hope you also like my comment.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg clever_iceberg | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    07 Jul 2021

    In my opinion, cancel culture is very different to human rights. It is a horrible thing to go through, and it means that people don't care about you, or your opinion, or what you have to say. If I am correct, article 13 of the rights of a child is about freedom of speech, which cancel culture gets rid of.

    Imagine someone said that boys are better than girls. (It's not the best example but I hope it's fine) They might be cancelled. However, this is just their opinion, and, though some people might find it offensive, someone is allowed to say this, as freedom of speech means you can't be punished by law for what you say. It may offend others, so that person should still be careful about what they say.

    Many people have mentioned that human rights are the opposite of cancel culture, and I agree, though this is only my opinion and some may think differently.


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