I don’t consider myself a controversial person. I don’t consider my opinions, formed after years careful thought, to be misled. Here’s what I do consider. I consider things in more than just a passing fancy. When hot topic issues come up, while my initial private reaction may sometimes be quick, I also take those things and think about them. I observe. This is why if ever I do write on a controversial topic it’s after thought and observation. Lately, one thing that is again rearing its ugly head is this idea of cancel culture and more specifically people or brands cutting ties with people who have different beliefs. From this is coming this new hashtag that is “cancel cancel culture.” I kind of love this.
It’s no secret that I detest social media like Twitter and Instagram. It’s been over a year since I posted on Facebook or Youtube and I could not be happier about it. (In transparency, I have my page yet so that I can moderate a page I work on.) Just knowing that I have not posted to either of these pages is pure bliss. However when I continue to see brands deciding to stop working with people who have beliefs that differ from their company, it’s burdensome. Or at least this is their messaging in response to why they won’t sign contracts with the person.
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Now I also see so many arguments that discuss the rights of these private companies. Sure I understand this. I get this.
However, where I cannot buy into this as being an honest reasoning to cut ties with differing convictions or a political point of view is this goes directly against most if not all of their social media messaging. Their pages are all full of promises of being inclusive and promoting love. I’d like to know how not signing with a different perspective is promoting “love” or being inclusive, part of which means including people of all different beliefs. So, yes, they are a private company. However speaking for myself I purchased from these same companies knowing, based on either interviews or social media promotions, they promoted different beliefs than I have. But if I like their product, I continued to purchase from them.
Learning now what I know, I have a very different mindset.
Now, knowing that they openly elect not to work with the people who have worked hard to promote their product, and whose followers (all of whom have different viewpoints) buy because of this shifts my mindset. Now I’m choosing not to buy from these companies. I bought from them, more than once, understanding and recognizing that they, as a company, stand for things I didn’t agree with. They now are making it clear that they, by virtue of these more recent actions, don’t value people who have different beliefs. This makes me upset for everyone experiencing this. This makes me feel extreme disappointment. And this makes me, perhaps most of all, sad.
Why do these companies not realize, as someone else so eloquently said, that their customer base is made up of the people who meet “in the middle” so to speak. The people who, yes, all have different beliefs but they still like the product. This seems like a big problem morally, if nothing else.CANCEL CANCEL CULTURE: THIS IS HOW I'M JOINING IN #CANCELCANCELCULTURE #CANCELCULTURE #NOTCOOL Click To Tweet
I’ve made myself a promise to start being very intentional in many aspects of my life. I want to be intentional in how I use social media. I want intention in personal decisions. And I want to be intentional in who I buy from. Differences aren’t bad. They’re part of what makes humans interesting. Social media has made society worse. And while this write up isn’t directly about social media, this whole cancel culture element is definitely a side effect of social media. It’s never productive and never has the kind of result we should want.
As 2022 gets started, I’m making choices to be more intentional. Choices that may not have a big impact, but I hope eventually the choices many make can help to cancel cancel culture.
What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you agree or disagree that cancel culture is a thing? Have you experienced it? Have you seen someone else deal with it? Do you think anything helps? Have you seen anything positive in this experience? Comment all of your opinions down below! Let’s chat.
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