I find it hard to believe that we currently live in a world of an ongoing pandemic and normality struggles, but one thing that has recently cropped up and shown its ugly side is the major issue of the mistreatment of Cancel Culture and how it's affecting virtually everybody that has made a mistake or has grown stronger.
In short, Cancel Culture is the process of dismissing someone for their wrongdoings, either recently or years ago by digging up their past and trying to locate something that can be offensive. A GOOD example of how to utilize this is when you are attempting to cancel somebody if they have committed a heinous crime in the past that is easily classed as a felony. The number one reason I'm bringing this up is when it it isn't used in the right way, and it ultimately screws innocent people over for having an opinion. Nowhere is this more worse than Twitter, where literally a tweet from years ago can cause such a big issue. Again, this is done right if the person behind the tweet says something derogatory, sexist or racist. It's only a problem when the words they use can be taken out of context and EVEN misread or misunderstood that it becomes an issue. The last few months have gotten so bad that Cancel Culture literally targets cartoon characters, text-to-speech and literally anything that will make Twitter-stans get offended.
A prime example of this is with the recent Space Jam sequel and why everything is not what it used to anymore. Cancel Culture literally targets three of the most important characters, past and present for misunderstatment.
Speedy Gonzales is a character that debuted in the early-mid 50s and was represented as a Hispanic icon for the franchise. As such, when the character shows up in one of the posters and in the trailer, he was at risk of getting cancelled due to being a Mexican stereotype, even though he did more good for the Hispanic community than bad. Even Gabriel Iglesias, an American actor defends the character, proving how much he has an impact on the community.
Pepe Le Pew debuted in the mid 40s and was a skunk who was flirty with a black cat named Penelope Pussycat. He was removed from the film and potentially any upcoming projects within the franchise for being a representation of a rapey-character. The original joke that popularized Pepe was that he would mistake Penelope for a skunk due to her being black with a white outline on her back, and would often run away from him due to his skunk oder. He was planned to be included in the second movie, showing up in a Casablanca scene before the drama started.
Lola Bunny is a character that debuted in the original Space Jam and was portrayed as a strong, independent woman for the female demographic. Despite having a built-in personality, her appearance was akin to a sex symbol, which made her character stand out more. The director of Space Jam 2, Malcolm D. Lee basically redesign her to be less sexualized, effectively nerfing her and causing a huge outcry among fans. However, in the first film, she was strong, capable and the best player on the team behind Michael Jordan. She often took no shit from people calling her 'Doll' and would embarrass them by performing better, thus she became some sort of a mascot for Space Jam. Lola shows that having a mix of stronger characterization and being feminine can work both ways. Of the three characters, the change given to Lola was the most impactful and everybody was covering the backlash, even the character was trending on Twitter at some point. That's how people care so much about the original design.
I know this is longer than my past posts, but Cancel Culture has become such a big thing recently and I'm noticing it way too often and it's stupid. By reading all of this, you understand the pain I am feeling. I didn't manage to get the Speedy controversary posted because of the limit regarding the file size, but if you want to read more about that, you can easily find it yourselves. This was mainly to spread awareness that the trend is going south really quickly.