In December 2019, Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, tweeted in support of the British TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminism, a belief that Trans-women are not real women and only biology determines gender). This led to intense criticism from her fans, making her one of the most popular “cancelled” individuals.
What was once a means to call public figures to accountability has now seemed to become senseless mob violence. In fact, at the 2020 Republican National Convention, President Trump, amongst other numerous speakers, spoke extensively about cancel culture, with one delegate describing the concept as having “grown into erasing of history, encouraging lawlessness, muting citizens, and violating free exchange of ideas, thoughts, and speech.”
Like JK Rowling, creatives usually have a choice to either voice their opinions through their literary work, though it might lead to canceling or be like plastic in water and just go with the flow of culture.
Here’s what four creatives had to say about the impact of Cancel Culture on creativity and self-expression.
Jimoh Olaitan Mudashir
Actor, filmmaker and model
Oge The Storyteller
Writer, storyteller, content creator and social media manager.
Abraham Daniel Eleojo
Student, 1 year photography trainee and fashion model.
As with everything in life, cancel culture needs to have a well thought out balance on both sides. We can not always guarantee that the public will be understanding or kind when you try to voice your opinions; however, here are a few tips you can utilize to ensure that you are never on the wrong side of the table.
1. Learn how to air your views with logical, data-driven techniques: When you create based on facts, it becomes more difficult for the public to argue unnecessarily with you.
2. Respect other people and avoid stating your case in a way that will damage others: You can say what you want without making the other people feel bad about themselves. Ensure you’re always stating facts and not just perceptions when you must mention specific names.
3. Play the emotional intelligence card: Don’t just share your thoughts. Also share why it should matter to the emotions of people. Share how your thought line proves your care for your audience and how it can improve their lives.
The truth is that, as long as you push boundaries, you’ll soon face the mob. However, you should never be afraid to air your thoughts through your creative pieces, especially when they are founded on valid statements.
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