Singer and activist Lizzo recently spoke about the dangers of canceling culture and social media appropriation. In an interview with a major news outlet, the “Truth Hurts” singer argued that canceling culture and social media appropriation could harm those targeted and society.
The Grammy winner claimed in a Sunday tweet that canceling other engagements has “become popular, abused, and misguided,” obscuring more important problems and “genuine outrage” in the process. She stated, “This may be a random time to say this, but it’s on my heart.. canceling culture is appropriation,” Lizzo wrote on her Twitter account. “There was real outrage from truly marginalized people, and now it’s become trendy, misused, and misdirected.”
The “About Damn Time” singer continued, sharing that she “hopes we can phase out of this and focus our outrage on the real problems.”
This may be a random time to say this but it’s on my heart.. cancel culture is appropriation.
There was real outrage from truly marginalized people and now it’s become trendy, misused and misdirected.
I hope we can phase out of this & focus our outrage on the real problems.
— FOLLOW @YITTY (@lizzo) January 8, 2023
Cancel culture, which refers to ostracizing and shaming individuals or groups for perceived offenses, has become a prevalent phenomenon in recent years, particularly on social media. While it may seem like a way to hold people accountable for their actions, Lizzo argued that cancel culture often goes too far, leading to over-punishment and a lack of forgiveness or second chances.
Lizzo also addressed the issue of social media appropriation, which occurs when someone from a dominant culture adopts elements of a marginalized culture for their gain, often without proper understanding or respect for the origins of those elements. This can include everything from fashion and hairstyles to language and traditions. Lizzo is discussing the cancel culture, in which making offensive remarks or acting offensively might result in repercussions. Beginning the new year with a list of complaints about the condition of social media, Lizzo claims that “cancel culture” has devolved into something unrecognizable.
The singer’s fans took to social media to express their support for her stance on canceling culture and cultural appropriation. Many praised Lizzo for using her platform to bring attention to these issues and for speaking out against the negative effects they can have. “We just have to stop using all these big words and return to love and respect for one another,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
We just have to stop using all these big words and return to love and respect for one another.
— LORD EASTSIDE LOUW (@eastsidelouw) January 8, 2023
Another fan added that she was happy to see such celebrities standing up for a topic like this.
Absolutely ❤️ There are very real issues that warrant outrage… I sometimes wonder if cancel culture stems from people feeling impotent against those bigger issues, so they go after simpler targets to feel better about themselves, like they did something.
— Jessica Ballinger (@BallingerMom) January 8, 2023
Fans Around the globe appreciated Lizzy for speaking out on cancel culture, which created a negative and hateful atmosphere on social media. Fans also added that it has to be stopped because it provokes negative people to take the lead, and fans are glad that someone finally said on this topic.
I’m so glad to hear you say it!
— J.C. (@Writer4LifeJC) January 8, 2023
I don't want people to be canceled. I want people to be *held accountable* and to receive consequences according to the bad action/crime that they did. Is this too much to ask? 😅😭
— Kayla B. (@kayla_27) January 8, 2023
This goes beyond people having full-fledged disputes about her physique, which, by the way, is something that is still a topic of conversation. There is a discussion now concerning Lizzo’s music and the demographics she may or may not be appealing to, not to mention people’s thoughts on her race.
We need to talk about the epidemic of believing any and everything y’all see on social media…
— FOLLOW @YITTY (@lizzo) January 6, 2023
Regarding fat shaming, Lizzo is taking direct aim at the problem. She is getting some of the criticism that Adele faced when she lost a significant amount of weight, which consisted of people accusing her of not loving herself as she was. This came after she had been mercilessly mocked for years when she advocated for body positivity and doing exactly what she had been doing. A situation in which neither party wins.
Many believe that the so-called “cancel culture” improves accountability by encouraging people to consider their words before speaking or acting. Still, others have denounced it as a tactic for censoring expression and limiting free speech.
Of course, Lizzo isn’t the only famous person who has voiced disapproval of the current situation for various reasons. Dakota Johnson referred to canceled culture as a “downer” in a 2021 interview, “It’s just really sad,” she said, noting the downfalls of former co-stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, and Shia LaBeouf. “I do believe that people can change. I want to believe in the power of a human being to change and evolve and get help and help other people. I think there’s definitely a major overcorrection happening. But I do believe that there’s a way for the pendulum to find the middle.”
Kevin Hart also expressed his outrage, saying he had been canceled “three or four times before. He was furious about people getting outraged by different opinions and then coming out to cancel the particular person because their views were different.
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