Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Year of the Toxic Call Out Culture

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Damn, 2017. If there’s one thing you’ve taught me, it’s that the Internet leaves no room for human mistakes. The amount of call outs and online rage storms that has taken place this year is absolutely insane. Everywhere you look, there's someone being called out about RuPaul knows what. In my opinion, it has gotten to a point where it’s too much. It’s almost as if the point of calling people out has disappeared. There isn’t any connection between the call out culture and its original context anymore. It’s just all a big blur of people calling out people just for the sake of calling something out.

No one strives for change or address the real issues. Instead, we point our fingers at someone and yell "WITCH" or "BURN THEM AT THE STAKE." We gang up on them and put them into these boxes which we rise ourselves above. It makes us feel confident and like social justice warriors. It makes us feel like we’re better than them and that we help defeat all evil in this world. Instead of giving them space to adjust and understand the bigger picture, we brand them as monsters.

This call out culture is so toxic. I wish that everyone would take a step back and rethink what’s important to call out and what isn't. My theory is that this was a reaction to the chaos of 2016. All the deaths, Brexit, the Presidential Election etc. must have had an influence on this mess. I think that people had just had enough. They needed to stand up to the bullsh*t. While speaking up about issues is an amazing and liberating thing to do, we need to know our boundaries. We need to understand that change doesn't come by creating a wall between the 'good' and the 'evil'. I fear that the way this call out culture handle things, might have the exact opposite effect. No one wants to change their perceptions and opinions if we don't show them sympathy and stop making them the enemy. So why not help them become better rather than humiliate, demean and lower them?

What are your opinions on this toxic call out culture?
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