In defence of Cancel Culture Final Piece.

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eager_reflection here,

Hope you enjoy my Final Piece!

Judge: Today, we are here for the trial of the defendant here. which is cancel culture. A dispute that has been going on for years now is finally going to come to an end. Is it fair? Yes or no. This is what we are going to discuss here today. Let us start with the defendant, who will explain what cancel culture is.

Defendant: Thank you your honour. In my opinion, cancel culture is a way to hold someone accountable for what they have done. It gives others a chance to bring justice by cancelling them. This means that they ignore them, and tell others to as well. I believe that cancel culture is a good thing, and I will explain my points to you.

Defendant: Firstly, I do not think cancel culture ruins lives because not everyone will cancel culture. Some people will could even support them. I understand how some people may say that cancel culture will destroy people's career, but they still have their family and friends to support them while they are being cancelled and could assist finding a job if they have lost one. Also, cancel culture does not last forever. Eventually, they will be able to return to their normal lives. Cancel culture helps people who want justice for something another person has done. They might want to let them have it as a punishment. Somebody who could have evidence of something another person did wrong may share that evidence because they are jealous of their success. Because of social media, posts can spread so quickly. This is why I believe you should think before you post something. Now I will move on to my next point.

Defendant: Secondly, I strongly believe that cancel culture doesn't take away people's chances to be heard because they aren't completely banned from speaking out. That would be restricting their freedom of speech. It doesn't affect free speech because cancel culture doesn't silence a person. They can still speak up even if they are being cancelled. Do you think someone would deliberately want to silence somebody? Somebody who also thinks that cancel culture doesn't take away somebody's chance to be heard is someone who was cancelled, but they apologised, and people accepted it. I realise how you may say that cancel culture doesn't let people have a chance to explain themselves, but I think that before cancelling them, people should look into the whole story and learn both sides. I think that people should always be given a second chance at sharing their opinion and I think it is a fair thing to let someone do. Although, if the person did really do the thing they were accused of, I think they should be punished, which leads on to my third point.

Defendant: In my opinion, cancel culture results in justice because the person that made the mistake or incorrect thing will be cancelled, therefore taking something away from them. I think this is fair and will have achieved justice. A real life example of this is the case of the famous author and celebrity J.K. Rowling. She was cancelled because of some things she posted on social media which many others were hurt and offended by. This would be seen as justice to those who disagreed with J.K. Rowling. Cancel culture is fair because it gives people a chance to build their lives back after being cancelled and to turn over. Cancel culture can make them see what they did wrong and make amends. It can help both sides learn important life lessons. You may say that it harshly affects their physical and mental health, yet I think that the person being cancelled should stay more positive. They can apologise about what they did and explain why they did it. If people believe them, they can get their lives back. I will now move onto my fourth and final point.

Defendant: I believe that cancel culture will make the future better because it is a system for justice. It allows people to be punished for their mistakes, but not too harshly. Without cancel culture, people would lose out if they need to put someone to justice. Another reason to keep cancel culture is that it teaches that person not to make the same mistake again. It helps keep others' opinions in check, so people can express how they feel. I completely acknowledge how people may be frightened of what they are going to say because they might be cancelled, but I think that it is fine to express your opinion, unless you know you are deliberately hurting someone's feelings. You should own up to your mistakes if you have done it and people may forgive you.

Defendant: In summary, I think that cancel culture is definitely fair because it holds people accountable for their mistakes and it is an unbiased justice system that can help people to bring someone to justice. Cancel culture is a great way to make people realise that they have made a mistake and will learn an important lesson from it. Thank you.

Thanks for reading my Final Piece!

Comments (5)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    19 Jul 2021

    A superb Final Piece, eager_reflection, with strongly-worded reasons and backed up with lots of examples, evidence and argument. Can you tell us which of your points is the strongest, and why?

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg helpful_wallaby | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    19 Jul 2021

    Wow eager_reflection, I think this is very creative but I must disagree on your point about preventing people from making the same mistake again. Just because we have decided to cancel an individual does not guarantee that a person has learnt their lesson and that they will see why what they have said or done is wrong. For example, you did mention J.K Rowling and when she was cancelled for being transphobic, I do not believe that she has fully learnt her lesson as all she has tried to do I claw her career back and not to apologise to the transgender community, she does not seem to have learn from her behaviours.

    That is why I believe cancel culture should only be circumstantial, we should attempt to change peoples' views before cancelling them, but to cancel someone may work as a last resort.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      helpful_wallaby's comment 19 Jul 2021

      This raises an interesting question - who gets to decide if someone has made a "mistake"?

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      1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg helpful_wallaby | The Ruth Gorse Academy
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 19 Jul 2021

        In society, we have all made mistakes for which we have likely faced a justifiable and appropriate punishment, someone has to decide what is right here too, I believe it is a similar thing in choosing whether something is a mistake or not, you just know.
        If a person is to defend what they have said, and what they believe, they have not just made a mistake because they are either uneducated or got caught up in the moment, they have made the conscious decision to stand by what they have said. However, when someone is willing to learn, be held accountable and take criticism, that shows they recognise their behaviours as a mistake and that they are willing to learn not to make the same mistake again.

        As people, we all have our own moral compass to judge right and wrong, and we can often make a judgment on whether someone is genuine in their recognition of their wrongdoings or if they are doing it to save their image - that is how we all decide if somebody has made a mistake, not just one singular person.

        To be decided as a mistake, an apology must be genuine and accepted by the people the original act affected and then it can be recognised as a mistake, not just because a person has a large fan base forgiving and defending them.

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        1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
          helpful_wallaby's comment 20 Jul 2021

          A thoughtful and well-explained response, well done! Why do you think people have different moral compasses? What are the driving factors helping people determine right and wrong?

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