Celebrities' hottest takes on cancel culture

Kevin Hart defends Dave Chappelle and says cancel culture is getting out of hand

Stars Insider

24/11/21 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Cancel culture

Cancel culture is a hotly debated topic, drawing criticism from many about its bully-like treatment while also having its roots in fundamental social change. The phenomenon arose as a response to an obvious need for reform, and it became a way for the common people to have some say in what kind of actions are and aren’t acceptable from public figures, functioning similarly to a boycott but taking place largely online and often with the goal of reducing opportunities and exposing bad behavior of the offender.

But on the flip side, many also find it to be too extreme a measure, ruling out any opportunity for growth and overlooking the virtue of forgiveness. Then again, one could argue that the presence of cancel culture is what is spurring on so much social change, from the Black Lives Matter movement to #MeToo. But many ask: at what cost? And are the consequences not enough, or too much?

Obviously, it’s an issue with valid arguments on both sides, but what’s undeniable is that it is rapidly changing the world of celebrity, putting people’s careers at risk, and equally opening up a formerly untrodden land of dialogue between fans and stars. 

Naturally, celebrities have a thing or two to say about it. Actor and comedian Kevin Hart has stepped up to defend his good friend Dave Chappelle who is currently on the chopping block. Chappelle has come under fire for his controversial Netflix special 'Closer,' in which he made several jokes at the expense of transgender people and the LGBT community. Hart argued that Chappelle's humor was misinterpreted, stating that he doesn't have "a hateful bone in his body." He went on to say, "I know his world. I know that he embraces the LGBT+ community, because he has friends who are close to him from that community. I know that his kids understand equality, fair treatment, love." 

Hart says he understands that not everyone supports Chappelle as a performer, "but the energy that’s put into wanting to change or end someone, it’s getting out of hand.”

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