Stars who continued their careers after being 'canceled'

Chris Brown performs in UK for first time since being banned for assaulting Rihanna in 2009

Stars Insider

30/11/21 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Cancel culture

The term "canceled" has become so ubiquitous in today's age that it can be difficult to understand what it really means for a person, including how to criticize it or, more importantly, how to find redemption in it.

Its roots lie in the traditional boycott, as a means for the public to practice its own version of justice and to teach figures with more power than them what is acceptable and what is not. At its worst, it's highly reactionary and can destroy someone's reputation. At best, it's an important learning lesson for its targets and for everyone witnessing it.

One of the biggest criticisms of cancel culture is that it's too swift and severe, but it's interesting to see the various ways celebrities have dealt with being "canceled," some of which actually resulted in a smooth return to their careers. Some stars make enormous apology tours and equally enormous donations to the communities they offended. Other stars try to dispute the claims. Some others disappear for a little while and try to return quietly. Others try to essentially cancel out their criticism using abstract criticism of "cancel culture" as a whole. Of course, some actually do attempt genuine redemption as well.

Chris Brown first rose to light as an abuser in 2009 when photos of then-girlfriend Rihanna surfaced showing her bruised and battered. After pleading guilty, he still avoided jail time and enjoyed a fruitful career with the same music label, touring around the world and collaborating with other artists, though he was banned from performing in the UK for 10 years. He's still been accused of violently attacking other women since then, including as recently as June 2021, but still his career continues on. That is especially evident as he returned to the UK to perform onstage at the O2 Arena Concert with Wizkid, singing his 2020 hit 'Go Crazy.' Even though he acknowledged he hadn't been there in 10 years, the crowd didn't seem to mind the reason why.   

Though many "canceled" celebs are dropped from agencies and projects at first, and many have canceled tours and experienced immense mental duress from the public shaming, there are several stars like Brown who have come out of it all with their career intact, at least somewhat. Click through to see the examples of stars who prove that cancel culture might not be as permanent as people say it is.


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