10 Surprising Celebs Who Have Rebuked Cancel Culture
By Movieguide® Staff
The decision to “cancel” someone because they express a different opinion now appears to be a hallmark among social media users. But that doesn’t mean the response is an acceptable — or mature — way to handle disagreement. Unfortunately, culture’s obsession with cancellation is so detrimental that even liberal celebs are encouraging people to put on the breaks.
Here’s what the stars are saying:
Alec Baldwin – “I think cancel culture is creating more problems than it solves. It’s like trolling. It’s like a giant mile-long net and you’re catching a lot of people, many of them deserve it and a few of them, more than a few, who don’t. Or they don’t’ deserve to have their careers and their lives destroyed.”
Ricky Gervais – “If it is choosing not to watch a comedian because you don’t like them, that’s everyone’s right. But when people are trying to get someone fired because they don’t like their opinion about something that’s nothing to do with their job, that’s what I call cancel culture and that’s not cool. You turning off your own TV isn’t censorship. You trying to get other people to turn off their TV, because you don’t like something they’re watching, that’s different.“Everyone’s allowed to stop watching your stuff, everyone’s allowed to burn your DVDs, but you shouldn’t have to go to court for saying a joke that someone didn’t like. And that’s what we get dangerously close to. If you don’t agree to someone’s right to say something you don’t agree with, you don’t agree with freedom of speech.”
Sharon Stone – “I think cancel culture is the stupidest thing I have ever seen happen. I think when people say things that they feel and mean, and it’s offensive to you, it’s a brilliant opportunity for everyone to learn and grow and understand each other. We all come from different ages, different cultures, different backgrounds, different things, and have had different experiences, different traumas, different upbringings, different parents, different religious backgrounds, different everything. Give people an opportunity to discuss things before you wipe out their entire person over a statement or a comment or a misunderstanding.”
Gabriel Iglesias, aka “Fluffy” – “I am the voice of Speedy Gonzales in the new Space Jam. Does this mean they are gonna try to cancel Fluffy too? U can’t catch me cancel culture. I’m the fastest mouse in all of Mexico.”
Kelly Rowland – “In this ‘cancel culture’ we live in, I am SO grateful God NEVER canceled me, and I’m sure he could’ve many-a-times! Let us TRY to remember NOT to judge others. We HONESTLY don’t have the space nor authority too! Let us remember to lead with love & kindness, the world has enough negativity, for you to pour more into it!”
Bryan Cranston – “We live in this ‘cancel culture’ of people erring and doing wrong — either on purpose or by accident — and there’s less forgiveness in our world. I think we’re unfortunately in a coarser environment. I think our societies have become harder and less understanding, less tolerant, less forgiving. … Where does forgiveness live in our society? Where can we accept someone’s behavior if they are contrite, if they are apologetic and take responsibility? I think we need to take a second look at that, exhale, and realize that asking forgiveness and receiving forgiveness are not weaknesses, but are human strengths.”
Bill Maher – “Is this really who we want to become? A society of phony [expletive] avatars walking on eggshells, always looking over your shoulder about getting ratted out for something that actually has nothing to do with your character or morals?”
Rowan Atkinson – “The problem we have online is that an algorithm decides what we want to see, which ends up creating a simplistic, binary view of society. It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be ‘canceled’. It’s important that we’re exposed to a wide spectrum of opinion, but what we have now is the digital equivalent of the medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn. So it is scary for anyone who’s a victim of that mob and it fills me with fear about the future.”
Jeff Foxworthy – “My thought is we’re all a mess. We all make mistakes. And in fact, I had gotten to the point where I was saying, when I walked out on stage, that I remind myself right before I walk out that everybody’s going through a struggle, everybody. It might be financial, physical, emotional… So I have grace with people because you don’t know what they’re going through. And I don’t think laughter makes the struggle go away. But laughter is like the release valve that keeps the boiler from exploding. So, let’s learn to laugh at ourselves. When other people make a mistake, have grace with them, when we make a mistake, we hope people give us grace in return. And I just would love to see us get back to that.”
Justin Bieber -The 27-year-old artist, who is candid about how God has redeemed him despite his past mistakes, encouraged others to question society. “What have we done with society when everybody’s getting canceled? And can’t there be room for maturity? ’Cause writing ’em off is not the answer,” the lyrics read. In the chorus, Bieber sings: “Does what I gotta say even matter? / Is life about climbing up the ladder? / And can we even see lives that are shattered?” Toward the end of the song, Bieber notes how God’s love differs from culture. “We can’t write people off. God never writes us off, even in our darkest days. Even when we least deserve it. Even when we’re doing that stupid thing we wish we weren’t doing,” Bieber says in the song. “God never writes us off — ever. He’s with us in our pain. He’s with us in a struggle. He’s with us in our bad decisions. He’s with us all the time. He never writes us off.”
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