To help parents better understand their children’s environment, we asked them to write an article for our “Teen Talk” section to explain what “Cancel Culture” is and how parents may assist their children in navigating it. This is a cancel culture guide for all the parents out there.
We’re glad you’re here. Being the judge of your own life and the judge of others is exemplified by this work. It is a tendency that you might refer to as “Cancel Culture,” in which young people obsess over something or someone they enjoy and cancel something they don’t like. In a snap, you can go from “stan” to “canceled” and lose a career or a friendship if you’re not careful. Cancel Culture is a source of pride for today’s adolescent observers of everything from pop culture to politics.
Get to know Cancel Culture, and you’ll learn more than simply how to understand your adolescents and their social experiences better. You’ll also learn more about the globe’s future because the fear of getting fired is not limited to the football field or the college campus. But may also exist in the workplace. Here are the things that you need to know about Cancel Culture as a parent.
Cancel Culture is a fast-paced company. Ignore it, and you won’t get a response from it. Individuals and groups have a different range of cancellable offenses. Another student may say something that offends your teen, and they cancel her. If a celebrity feuds with your adolescent’s favorite musician in the larger pop-culture world, your teen may elect to cancel that celebrity. That friend is no longer invited to Friday night’s party, and the current blockbuster star might as well not have been in it. Your teen no longer sees them as a reality.
One minor action can be considered cancel-worthy, yet being conscious of your actions can help you avoid canceling. A large-scale cancellation can make it challenging to get back in the game. As a result of your dismissal, everyone in your immediate circle will question their involvement in whatever brought about your dismissal. Anyone dropped from an event is now only recognized for their controversial behavior, whether it was because of a racist tweet from a well-known public figure or because of some celebrity shade on the red carpet.
The accountability it places on people is commendable, even if our world reduces people to a single act. On the other hand, Cancel Culture has its downsides, particularly when it comes to dealing with cancellations on a smaller scale. If your teen has been canceled, it can be more difficult for you to assist them.
How to Get Around in a Culture of Cancellation
Most people are shunned in teen social settings because of their overly objective behavior. They were too intrusive at lunch or after a friend’s breakup to be tolerated. It’s challenging to navigate because there isn’t a clear definition of what causes someone to be canceled. Humans become shooting discs as a result of Cancel Culture. They’re perfect one minute, then gone the next. But Cancel Culture doesn’t consider the complexity of real people, especially teenagers, who are always growing. Your teen’s relationships and reputation will be safe thanks to your support.
Be open to new ideas.
Because Cancel Culture moves so quickly, it’s critical to understand that if other teens canceled your teen or if you were canceled by someone else, the decision was made on the spur of the moment and not after due diligence. Instead of defining someone, Cancel Culture serves as a marker for a time in their life. The classic Mean Girls phrase, “You can’t sit with us,” is an example of an angry group of friends making an impetuous judgment. When things go wrong in Cancel Culture, you can always bounce back on your feet since the situation is short.
Look for the bright side.
However, Cancel Culture, founded by an 18-year-old, is an idea that has the brute potential of bringing about positive change in the world. Normalizing things that were never okay is one of the biggest achievements of today’s youth. They must abolish rape culture, racism, misogyny, climate change, and gun violence. If nothing else, it’s good that Cancel Culture and kids’ active and brave use of it has led to national movements.
Use everything you’ve learned to your advantage.
Unlike popular belief, Cancel Culture does not extend beyond your teen’s immediate social circle and is not intended to be a long-term solution. Once, I was kicked out of a group of friends for watching Disney Channel while they were catching up with MTV and VH1. I made it through, changed for the better, and am now on the other side. It’s common for one or a small number of people to cancel an event; reassuring your adolescent that this isn’t the case all the time will help. Despite its brutality, Cancel Culture is a natural phenomenon. It’s time to get to know it better because it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.