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Cancel Culture Doesn't Work

By Emily Garza
Web Content Contributor

Everyone has at least seen the hashtag “#XYZIsOverParty” or “#XYZIsCanceled” trending at one point or another. It is basically saying a celebrity or online figure is canceled because of something they said or did. This is cancel culture.

Cancel culture, defined by Macmillan dictionary, is “the practice of no longer supporting people, especially celebrities, or products that are regarded as unacceptable or problematic.”

The whole point of canceling someone is to stop supporting them and let them fade into the crowd. They lose followers and become irrelevant. However, what really happens is bashing on the person and the community as a whole becoming toxic, and it does not even work in the end.

People online do not just call someone out on their actions but spread hate onto the “canceled” person as well. The point of canceling someone is to have them be held accountable for their actions.

An online figure that has been cancelled multiple times, but is still relevant online is the A.C.E. Family. The A.C.E. Family is made up of two parents, Austin McBroom and Catherine Paiz, two daughters, Elle and Alaïa, and soon-to-be-born son. Each letter of the A.C.E. stands for the initials of the family, excluding Alaïa and their soon-to-be-born son. They have been in so many controversies and canceled multiple times throughout last year. From their charity basketball event to a phallic lollipop situation.

In a video from The Right Opinion, he explains the history of the A.C.E. Family and all of the controversies they have been in up to the point of his research. He goes in detail about everything about the A.C.E. Family. The Right Opinion covers all of the A.C.E. Family’s controversies, except for their most recent one.

Their most recent controversy the family was in was McBroom tweeting out how he thinks some of his fans are ungrateful for free content. He continues by saying the fans should be charged each time they watch content online.

Austin McBroom’s tweet
Tweet from Austin McBroom stating people should be charged for watching someone’s video. Screenshot via Twitter by Emily Garza.

This clearly annoyed many people because all the A.C.E. Family uploads on their YouTube channel are daily vlogs about their life and showing off how rich they are. The most the family has to do is act for the camera and film it. They do not even edit their own videos.

After the tweet was posted, the family received a lot of backlash. However, the family reacted as everyone criticizing them is just a hater. That is how they always react when they are in a controversy. Everyone who does not praise them is just a hater.

“Canceling” someone is supposed to have them held accountable and try to make sure they own up to their mistakes. In this case, the A.C.E. Family does not own up to their actions and ignore the problems. They ignore everyone who is trying to help them and give them valid criticize.

Not everyone is a hater when you’re in hot waters. There are critics that are trying to help you to be better, not just haters.

To all the influencers: own up to your mistakes and sincerely apologize to your audience. Follow through with your promises and change your actions.

Featured image by Emily Garza.

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