Don’t You Think Cancel Culture’s Getting Out of Control?

An eye opening conversation about the world versus Chris Pratt

My best friend texted me today.

She says,

‘So with the Chris Pratt and RDJ situation what exactly is the problem?? Like I’m still really confused as to why people are trying to cancel him, is it about him not pulling up for Biden??’

I love talking to my friend about anything. Because we do not always agree. When I am down for a little bit of debate, or feel like I need someone to bring me back down to earth, I text her. Or sometimes, she can feel she needs to text me, and that is how this conversation started.
Regardless, we will always see each other’s side and respect our separate opinions if we do not end the conversation agreeing. But for some reason, this particular conversation became a refreshing eye-opener. One that caused me to change the way I will react to any celebrity news.

For those of you who are unaware, in the past few days, Hollywood actor Chris Pratt has been under fire after allegations of being a Trump supporter and being homophobic, after a Twitter user recounted his absence for Biden alongside other Marvel actor’s support in the midst of his presidential campaign. Several other Twitter users supported the accusation with the fact that Pratt is also a member of Hillsong Church, which is well renowned to be anti- LGBTQ+.
Fellow Hollywood actress Ellen Page even tweeted,

“Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti LGBTQ so maybe address that too?”

She then simmered down from her tweet to post,

“If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti-LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage causes it severe. Full stop. Sending love to all.”

This was over a year ago. And also how you know that as a celebrity, your past will never leave you.

The following accusations took place after what initially came out as a harmless Twitter post and became the vehicle to his road to cancel culture.
Of course, Pratt had celebrities come to his aid and testify how he is a decent man and does not deserve the hate that he is getting right now.
Robert Downey Jr even captions in a post of him alongside Chris Pratt :

“ What a world… The “sinless” is casting stones at my #brother, Chris Pratt… A real #Christian who lives by #principle, has never demonstrated anything but #positivity and #gratitude… AND he just married into a family that makes space for civil discourse and (just plain fact) INSISTS on service as the highest value.
If you take issue with Chris,,, I’ve got a novel idea.
Delete your social media accounts, sit with your own defects of #character, work on THEM, then celebrate your humanness…@prattprattpratt I #gotyerbackbackback .

Fans, including myself (No shame.), were not happy with these posts. This post has so many hashtags it looked like a promotion post. And boy did Robert Downey Jr.’s post send Twitter on a frenzy.

At the time I saw the post, I was thinking, “Who the fuck does this guy think he is?” For what? In hindsight, no reason.
I had made my shady posts and mocked the words of this caption. I even unfollowed these celebrities because of their posts defending Chris Pratt.
Crazy right?

Why were some of us unhappy? These were celebrities that were merely coming to the defense of a friend. You would do it too if it were your friend under fire.

In fact, my friend made a very valid point in our conversation about the situation.

She created a scenario where she, our other four friends, and I were famous, and one had been recording saying a word or doing something questionable and worthy to canceled without hesitation. This scenario definitely put me in the shoes of Robert Downey Jr., Zoe Saldana, and Mark Ruffalo.
ONLY in the sense of defending a friend, no matter how the world would see them after a mistake. I will go to war for my friends. To the end of the world.

My friends and I would assemble quicker than the Avengers to back a hater off a friend of ours.

And the speed to come to Pratt’s defense was one of the issues that plagued a lot of fans on social media.
It took no time to fight the defamation of Pratt’s character and restore the picture of humble excellence in his defense.
The people were wondering, where was this speed for the defense for actors like Brie Larson, Zendaya Coleman, Tessa Thompson, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie when they were under attack?
This was even my response.
We texted for hours about the cancel culture squad coming for Pratt until I took a minute to sit back, simmer down, and asked,
Why am I taking this personally?

Cancel Culture and Celebrity Culture is Getting out of Hand.

I wasted my time and energy upset over the drama that has NOTHING to do with me and will not affect my health or lifestyle.
People are dying every day, fighting for their right to live. Protesting for peace on earth. I should not be worried about why a celebrity goes to a certain church. Or whether or not they know about everything we know.
Maybe it is because I am noticing it more now this year how bad cancel culture has gotten.

Cancel culture has become a bullying tactic.

After all, we are quarantined and have more time for social media. However, there is too much time being put into speaking on these Hollywood actors and singers, entertainers, whatever to speak negatively on their names.

If we find out a celebrity is racist? Hell yea get them out of here. Homophobic? absolutely. Otherwise we need to stop treating their lives like it is news that is relevant to the well being of the human race. They are human beings, just like us. Say stupid things, just like us. Have opinions about politics and religion just like us. Celebrities have feelings, just like us. We can not expect people that spend ridiculous hours in a day working with props and green screens, jet lag, and press fulfilling our need for entertainment to know what is going on in the world all the time.

Perhaps we do need to take the time to log off our accounts for long periods of time.

Lower the pedestals you make for these celebrities because they did not tell you to do that for them.

The problem is that not everyone receives celebrity gossip at the same time. Once on the internet, everyone is going to desire to share their opinion on whether you want to see it or not. It’s like one big song of Row, Row, Row your Boat.
Letting an issue off their chest that should not have been on their chest, to begin with.

“But some people just want to be angry so they can be apart of the movement and feel like they have something to stand up for.” — My friend, Tiana

It was a very interesting conversation to have, and more people should have it. No matter what, as fans, we will always be on the outside looking in.
Have you ever heard the saying in an argument, there is always your side, their side, and the truth?

We will never know the whole truth. Because that is withheld in privacy that we are NOT entitled to.

If you made it this far, this is a quick rant that I had to myself earlier after a conversation with my best friend about the Chris Pratt situation.

As always, Thank you For Reading!

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