Have you ever been quick to deem someone ‘problematic’? Or had a rumor spread about you, with little to no support for a genuine conversation to clear things up?
As writer Anne Applebaum points out, the costs of ‘cancel culture’ are not limited to those who are canceled.
For them, the combination of “isolation plus public shaming plus loss of income” certainly results in long-term personal, financial, and psychological repercussions. This can happen with or without good cause — and generally ruins any opportunity for the canceled person’s rehabilitation in society.
Beyond the individual canceled, this growing knee-jerk reaction of deeming others guilty-at-a-glance creates a culture where few are brave enough to contribute their unique ideas to the collective conversation — or to come forward about committing past harm, wanting to learn how not to recreate it. Instead people are exiled, rather than invited into deeper learning and allyship.