Before going into all the things that are wrong with cancel culture it’s important that we recognize just how much influence our peers have over us. Despite our better judgment it’s easy to fall into the trappings of hysteria. When we find ourselves beholden to a fabrication it quickly becomes indiscernible from the truth in our hearts and minds. Feelings can make an otherwise rational person do something irrational because it appeals to a higher calling within ourselves. As humans we have a primal need to belong, to be part of something bigger than ourselves and we reach a point where justification is just another speed bump on our way to conformity.
To get to the crux of the matter cancel culture is a bullying movement and an assuming one at that. They prey on the alleged abuser as if they’ve already been condemned vilifying them with a type of contemptuous self-righteous fury that would make the Spanish inquisition blush. Simultaneously, the accuser is esteemed and praised for their boldness in defiance of the acrimony brought down on them by their irredeemable perpetrator. The problem I have with this factitious behavior is that the aforementioned persecution can and has happened before there is even a shred of evidence.
It is both true and deeply unfortunate that those with status and power have taken it upon themselves to abuse their position in order to do some sincerely horrific things. However, on our journey to right the wrongs, it’s essential that we don’t overreact to the issue to the point that we lose ourselves in indignation and retribution. As difficult as it may be we need to have enough empathy for the alleged assailant to withhold our proclivities until there’s proof. That being said, it’s also entirely reasonable to support the victim without elevating them until the outcome is contextualized.