Is cancel culture actually a thing? Rapper T.I. doesn’t think so.
In an interview with Tamron Hall on her new namesake talk show, the Atlanta native discussed his views on the idea of “cancel culture,” which means to exile someone from a community and or culture typically after a person has exhibited poor or distasteful behavior.
“All this cancel culture, I think it’s fake,” he said on The Tamron Hall Show on Tuesday. “Like JAY-Z said, ‘first they hate you, then they love you, then they hate you again,” Tip said, referencing lyrics from Hov’s “Meet the Parents.” The rapper went on to say that people will quickly say they are done supporting a person but will ultimately go back to liking them again as time passes. “You’ll keep wearing Gucci, but you’ll cancel Kanye,” he said, referencing Gucci’s blackface sweater controversy from earlier this year. He added that cancel culture has become “convenient.”
Hall pointed out that a lot of those “canceling” Ye were his black fans, to which Tip said, “It’s easier to tear a black man down because another black man will help you.” Forever president #BarackObama also shared his piece on cancel culture on Wednesday during a panel at the third annual Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. While talking with actress #YaraShahidi, Obama said activism is more than just passing judgment. “I do get this sense sometimes among young people… [that] the way for me to make change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people, and that’s enough,” Obama said. “That’s not activism.”
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