"Cancel Culture" managed to trend several times throughout the weekend after Katt Williams made a few poignant comments about its impact or lack thereof in entertainment today. The star comedian argued that if "cancel culture" can stop a comedian from succeeding then maybe comedy wasn't meant for them after all.
“At the end of the day, there’s no cancel culture. Cancellation doesn’t have its own culture. I don’t know what people got canceled that we wish we had back. Who are they? It’s done for the reasons it’s done for and it helped who it helped,” he explained.
“If all that’s going to happen is that we have to be more sensitive in the way that we talk, isn’t that what we want anyway? I’m saying, your job as a comedian is to please the most amount of people with your art. Don’t call somebody this word when you know it affects all of these people.”
Just a few days after Williams trended for his comments regarding cancel culture, former President Barack Obama was asked about how "cancel culture" can impact the world of politics and society at large. Obama told CNN's Anderson Cooper that he's fearful that people have gone "overboard" with "cancel culture" today.
"A lot of the dangers of cancel culture and 'we're just going to be condemning people all the time,' at least among my daughters, they'll acknowledge that among their peer group or in college campuses, you'll see people going overboard," Obama explained.
While he's worried that some may go overboard when criticizing or "canceling" public figures, he does not want that to stop people from holding entertainers, public officials and other institutions of influence accountable for any wrongdoing.
"We are [going to] call out institutions or individuals if they are being cruel [or] if they are discriminating against people," he continued.
"We do want to raise awareness."
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