This class is a focused conversation on how “cancel culture” permeates everyday society. By discussing my own personal relationship with cancel culture—both as a member of the global audience but also as someone in the public eye—and how it has affected my own life and mental health, I also want to look at the merits and failures of cancel culture as it stands in 2021 for us as a species. It’s clear, especially after last years’ protests for Black liberation and the call for abolition, that we are ready for new paradigms. We have to understand that the motivation behind cancel culture was to give voice to the voiceless, but that’s easily manipulative if everyone is not being accountable to each other. Fairness has to be fairly applied.
The opposite of cancel culture is nurturance culture—my entire class’ thesis is how do we get nurturance? What are the wounds we need to name in order for us to heal them?