Alec Baldwin: ‘Cancel Culture Is Getting Out of Hand’
By Movieguide® Staff
Actor Alec Baldwin recently took to social media to criticize cancel culture.
Baldwin initially released a 14-minute video on his Instagram. However, he later deleted it to replace it with a much shorter rant with less specificity.
Note: Baldwin’s second video does contain one expletive
“I think my last message went on too long. What I was saying is that I think that the cancel culture is getting out of hand,” Baldwin said. “There are people that deserve to be punished for what they have done but not everybody should be punished in the same way… . Even the criminal justice system recognizes that.”
Baldwin continued: “I deleted the other message because you go on and on and on and try to explain things and it doesn’t make any difference. Anyway, 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.”
According to The Daily Mail, in Baldwin’s original video, he said that the pandemic has contributed to the growing cancel culture as people spend more time on social media.
Baldwin is not the only celebrity figure to call out cancel culture.
Recently, THE BACHELOR’s longtime host Chris Harrison stepped down from his position after calling for patience and understanding and extending grace before “Cancelling” someone and destroying someone’s life.
Movieguide® previously reported:
On Feb. 9, Harrison appeared in an interview with former contestant and the first black bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, to discuss the controversy around current contestant Rachel Kirkconnell.
“We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion,” Harrison said. “Because I have seen some stuff online — this judge, jury, executioner thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into, like, her parents, her parents’ voting record. It’s unbelievably alarming to watch this.”
In 2018, Kirkconnell attended an antebellum-themed sorority party. Lindsay condemned Harrison’s response.
Actor Bryan Cranston asked where forgiveness fits into the conversation.
Movieguide® previously reported:
Hollywood star Bryan Cranston called for more forgiveness to start the new year amid the mob’s readiness to adopt a cancel culture mindset.
“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,” Cranston told the Associated Press. “I think we’re unfortunately in a coarser environment. I think our societies have become harder and less understanding, less tolerant, less forgiving.”
The 64-year-old actor continued: “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,” Cranston said, “but are human strengths.”
Cancel culture directly violates God’s Word that calls us to repentance.
God didn’t cancel us because we sinned. Rather, He took our sins upon Himself, sacrificed His son, and now gives us the chance to have eternal life. Through sanctification, we turn from our wicked ways. We overcome our sin through the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony — not by pretending like something never happened.