Cancel Culture Plus Gen Z

Aubree Owens, Editor-In-Chief

     Generation exemplifies everything that is cancel culture. As a generation, they have tried to cancel some of the millennial’s childhood favorites such as Dr. Seuss, the rapper Eminem, Disney movies like Peter Pan and Dumbo and Mr. Potato Head. They have even started to try to cancel makeup and cleaning brands. Generation Z is focused on changing the past instead of making changes in today’s brands and productions. 

     According to the New York Post article, Gen Z tries to cancel ‘offensive’ eminem but millennials push back” (March 4, 2021) by Ben Cost, “Generation Z has been making an attempt to cancel Eminem for his lyrics…for reportedly glorifying violence against women. They highlighted the verse “If she ever tries to leave again I’ma tie her to the bed and set this house on fire. In addition, Rihanna has said herself that the Stan rapper’s aforementioned verse was actually a condemnation — and not a celebration — of domestic abuse. 

     This is one prime example of Generation Z not liking something, and instead of not listening to the music, they must come together and try to ruin someone’s career. Not only did they not understand the lyrics to the fullest, they did not try to. Eminem has been in the rapping game for 25 years publicly, and while he has been attacked in the past for his music, he is still around because he has had a major impact in the hip hop industry and has inspired thousands throughout his career. Generation Z needs to learn to ignore what they do not like because not everyone is going to have the same interests. 

     According to an ABC News article, “A mister no more: Mr. Potato Head goes gender neutral” (February 25, 2021) by Joseph Pisani, “Hasbro, the company that makes the potato-shaped plastic toy, is giving the spud a gender-neutral new name: Potato Head. The change will appear on boxes this year. Hasbro said Mr. Potato Head, which has been around for about 70 years, needed a modern makeover.” 

     This modern makeover was only brought about because Generation Z is too sensitive to handle the thought that 70 years ago an inanimate object was named as a mister. If changes need to be made regarding making toys gender neutral, then those changes need to be made with toys in production now. Not everything needs to be sensitized. If someone’s parents or they themselves do not like that the toy is called Mr. Potato Head then they themselves do not need to buy it. 

     Overall, the issue lays with Generation Z. Their inability to ignore what does not appeal to them is not something that should need to affect everyone. If Generation Z believes our society needs to make changes, make the changes now with current toys and musicians, and leave the past in the past.