Good morning guys. Hope you’re all doing well. Welcome to another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.
Today’s topic is: Cancel Culture in the Bookish Community
I apologize for this post coming pretty late. I’ve kind of already talked about this before, but never just as a topic in general.
Cancel culture is the culture of cancelling a popular person or celebrity by refusing to support them in any way.
Why would someone be cancelled?
Many times, this person or celebrity says something highly offensive about a group of people. For instance, if a person says something racist or homophobic, there’s a very high chance that they will be seriously cancelled.
Actually there’s no chance about it; they will get cancelled.
But it doesn’t have to be something-ist or something-phobic.
It could simply be a person tweeting their disapproval of a Metro worker eating on a Metro train when there are strict rules against it.
That has happened to an author before, and she did get cancelled. She even lost her book deal.
I think that cancel culture in the bookish community is most prevalent in the YA, or young adult, world. More so on twitter as well. So here’s the big question.
Is cancelling a person okay?
It depends. If it’s Adolf Hitler, then yes, by all means, do cancel him. But if it’s a person making one uninformed or misinformed statement, and not realizing that what they are saying is wrong or problematic, I don’t think they deserve to be cancelled.
Because with one kindly worded explanation, that person may realize their mistake and apologize for it.
Some may argue that if you aren’t informed, don’t be making that statement to start with. But again, it could all just be a case of misinformation, where the person making the statement thought they were right but they were actually wrong.
We all make mistakes. We’re human; it’s part of life. If we were perfect, we wouldn’t have any issues in this world to start with.
Authors are also just as human and should be allowed to apologize and make up for their mistake. Many authors have been cancelled for being racist, anti-LGBT, transphobic-for so many reasons.
Some authors have been cancelled for going too far and literally stalking a reviewer.
Do these authors deserve to be cancelled? Sometimes.
Stalking a reviewer is in no way okay, and as an adult, even as a child, we should know that. Sometimes the author just won’t accept that they are wrong, or they won’t try to see the situation from another person’s perspective. In these cases, I understand why they would be cancelled.
But an author who makes one mistake and isn’t given a chance to correct it? I don’t think it’s fair or necessary to cancel them at all. Even a semi-angry/sarcastic explanation is okay, because it’ll probably make the author realize that what they have done/said is wrong.
We all make mistakes and we’ve all made that one highly misinformed or uninformed statement in our lives. We may be unaware that we are saying ableist things, or racist things, and all it takes is one person explaining why what we are saying is problematic for us to stop, take a step back, apologize, and correct it.
I admit, I am highly uninformed and probably misinformed. I may have said a lot of problematic things, and I don’t know I have. I would highly appreciate it if someone explains to me what I’m doing wrong so I can fix it, than have the whole community cancel me.
Because we all make mistakes. I make mistakes. You make mistakes. And we should all be given a chance to fix them.
We need to take a step back and look at that angry message that we just pounded out in response to a highly privileged/offensive statement. Would we like to be on the receiving end of that message? Would we be inclined to fix our mistake if that’s the kind of message we get?
Because writing a livid response that’s full of insults and anger will make the person reading it defensive and not inclined to concede and realize their mistake.
There’s always going to be that one stupid uninformed message our 14 year old self wrote on the internet that’s going to haunt us for life. But who we are in 10 years is drastically different from who we are today. You don’t want that stupid message coming back to bite you when you’ve finally grown and started to establish a successful career. You don’t want that 3 AM message that you thought was pretty clever being the downfall of your career when you wake up with a few hundred angry DMs and you realize that it is cleverly offensive.
We all have the capacity to change. We all want to be given a chance to change and grow. So let’s take a step back, breathe, and give others a chance to change too.
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That’s it for today. Sorry for the pretty late post!
What do you think? Should authors be cancelled if they make a mistake?
Do you think that we are too quick to be offended in today’s day and age? Who else kind of hates the internet for constantly documenting things when you make a mistake?
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