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Cancel Culture Still Exists, Despite DaBaby's Comeback

Good luck trying to cancel me

-Logan Paul

Cancel culture is an obvious problem in today’s society, especially when 71 percent of the country agrees it has gone too far. Members of the left, however, like to argue that cancel culture does not exist, and they use celebrity comebacks as an example. Rapper DaBaby, who was under fire for comments against the homosexual community, survived his cancellation with minimal damages to his career.

DaBaby’s cancellation wasn’t temporary because the mob moved on; he first had to illustrate to the masses that he has grown and learned from his experience. The popular hiphop artist was cancelled from his Rolling Loud dates after a rant in Miami while one the tour that deviated from the dictated script. He was dropped from the lineup, but was forgiven and allowed back on tour.

The left wants you to believe that this is evidence that cancel culture doesn’t exist. When somebody is cancelled, they don’t disappear; t’s not called murder culture for a reason. Not only do cancelled celebrities still exist in the world, their ideas don’t go anywhere but under the rug. Canceling somebody isn’t compelling enough to change their mind, but it is compelling enough to shut them up. DaBaby will likely never attack the homosexual community while on stage again, but that far from suggests his worldview has changed.

People who are cancelled or under the scope of cancellation don’t all handle their situations the same. Some celebrities apologize—which I would argue is the weakest response. If you said something you believe, you should stand by your words. Some celebrities, like Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy, Dave Chappelle, and Aaron Rodgers fight back. They stand up for what they believe and they refuse to allow a mob of miserable people bring them down.

Those who apologize are not doing so sincerely. They have incentive to step in line and conform with the national narrative because they don't want to lose their celebrity status and the financial rewards that come with it. Apologies are rarely accepted by the mob, and DaBaby's situation is certainly unique. Unless you truly believe that you have done something wrong, you should never apologize. Apologies can be perceived as an admission of guilt, and you still may not regain your career if the mob finds you guilty.

DaBaby’s comeback is not proof that cancel culture doesn’t exist. However, it is proof that the efforts are a waste of time and energy that could be more wisely used doing something that might actually make a difference. It’s easy to hate celebrities, because we don’t know them personally as people. It’s easy to blame them for all the bad things in the world. Believing that removing DaBaby from a tour solves anything is insanity. If you want change, you have to take real steps towards it. These cancellations are very public, but not very effective.

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