What's Going On With Cancel Culture?
By Lacey Slekar
What’s going on with Trisha Paytas and the D’Amelio family?! Anyone active on the app TikTok has probably heard of some of this drama. TikTok star, Charli D’Amelio, almost hit 100 million followers before the toxic crowd we call “cancel culture”, came at her and her sister, Dixie D’Amelio. Let’s take a deep look at what “cancel culture” is really up to.
After Charli and Dixie posted a youtube video of them eating food cooked for them by their personal chef, they were seen as disrespectful and ungrateful. The audience of this YouTube video may have created these opinions because Dixie was seen not liking and throwing up the food brought to her cooked by her chef and Charli brought up how she wants to hit 100 million followers because she wants the follower count number “to be even”. This led many of her followers to take this as a personal attack that Charli only views her followers as numbers and not people. As a result her follower count began to decrease rapidly.
Where did this all start though? Was it because people really had an issue with the video or was it because “cancel culture” came after them and began a trend? Before I get into this, let me explain what “cancel culture” is for anyone who may not know. It consists of anyone who tries to cancel out a person or group from a social media platform. Rather than discussing the criticism and helping them to grow as a human and learn from their mistakes, they will call on the other followers of said person they are trying to cancel and shut them down as best as they can. They do this by spreading information to try and get their supporters to turn on said person and stop giving them the spotlight. Though, doing so, said person is commonly more in the spotlight than before because of the drama and social media coverage. A main leader of the “cancel culture” towards the D’Amelio sisters is media personality, Trisha Paytas.
After posting 50+ videos in one day with many more videos several days after, Trisha Paytas was doing everything she could to get the media’s attention. Dragging the D’Amelio sisters in the most immature way possible, Trisha’s videos were going viral. That led me to this question. Does she really think the D’Amelio sisters are in the wrong? Or does she just like the attention. It’s up to you to create your opinion on that. Not to mention, does Trisha really have the right to try and cancel them after all of her scandals with doing black face and other racially offensive actions?
Since then, Charli’s follower count on TikTok has hit 100 million and people have come to terms that the D’Amelio sisters have a strong relationship with their chef and now view it as a light hearted joke. This likely proves which side the media has now taken. That being said, you can see just how quickly “cancel culture” is to take sides and switch sides based on what everyone else is doing instead of actually looking at the facts and evidence. Were the original reasons valid enough to cancel someone? Is it really our place to “cancel” someone and where should we draw the line?
The thing about “cancel culture” is that it’s great that people are trying to stand up and call people out for bad things instead of being silent, but it’s when we call them out for petty little things that then distract us from the real problems in the world. That’s when it becomes an issue. I really want you, the reader, to think about all of the questions I’ve asked throughout this article. It may help create a less toxic social media community in the future if we start focussing on the right things.