As a creative, the fear of speaking, writing or filming something that’s deemed offensive put a halt on my creativity. I feared being ostracized by “the culture.”
The days when artists could freely express their interpretation of the world through their art seems prehistoric! Now, not a day goes by without someone complaining about something being “offensive.” People can’t be real anymore, nor can they express their beliefs (and values that differ from what the masses believe to be true) without being verbally slaughtered. Society has put artists in a box and made their contributions to the world an inauthentic message that’s tailored to fit some agenda.
To put it more clearly, #CancelCultute has been one of the most paralyzing movements ever to stare creatives in the face. And we have to take our power back, in spite of being ridiculed and criticized.
Creatives push the world forward. We don’t play by the same rules as everyone else in society. We are the weird ones, we are the black sheep, we are the smiley faces amidst a crowd of frowning faces, we’re the people who see the glass half full, while everyone else sees the glass half empty.
No matter how good you try to be, you’re never going to be good enough for everyone. No matter what, someone will find something to complain about when it comes to you expressing yourself. Being a people pleaser is stupid. As King Solomon would say, “it’s meaningless, like chasing the wind.”
So, the only way for us artists to rid ourselves of this burden (people-pleasing), and cut the strings that make us puppets to the masses is to cancel ourselves from the culture voluntarily! This gives us the liberation and creative freedom to do what we’ve always done, move the world forward!
So, to the Cancel Culture, I voluntarily cancel myself. I courageously accept both the rewards and consequences that come with this decision!