Crime Tiktok & Cancel Culture

Tik tok is arguably one of the most used social media apps in today’s society as there are millions of users throughout the world. Lately, I’ve been on the side of tiktok where I get nothing but crime case videos and cancel culture. When it comes to crimes on tiktok, there are so many so-called “influencers” who make it their content to discuss crimes and to educate their followers on old serial killers or to warn them to be on the lookout if they reside in a specific area and something is currently happening there. Sometimes, the community of tiktok can help find new clues and actually contribute to an investigation. They provide so many hard facts, pieces of information, and evidence that law enforcement didn’t catch. It’s honestly crazy how fast the tik tok community can get answers or find and gather information.

In a way, the tiktok community helps protect so many individuals because I’ve seen many videos where girls record themselves talking about an encounter they just had with a man or a woman about sex trafficking. They say where this took place in hopes to warn other women or individuals to be safe and always be aware of your surroundings.

In regards to cancel culture, there’s this viral video going around right now where one girl was taking pictures at an Astros game and 2 girls in the background were “being bullies.” The girls in the back flipped off the girl behind the camera, making faces, side-eyeing, and saying “LAMEEE” while recording the girl taking pictures. This behavior was very unnecessary and could’ve been avoided. Cardi B even got involved and basically stood up to the mean girls and this whole scene caused the hashtag #cancelmeangirls. Once again, the tiktok community does not tolerate mean girls so what did people do? They found out one of the mean girls names, saw where she worked, and on the reviews of the Real Estate Agency, left a bunch of negative comments about this one girl in aims to get her fired and some may say, ruin her career. I do think they took this part too far but it amazes me how a whole social media community came together so quickly and brought this girl down for being a bully. These girls got canceled so extremely fast it’s crazy.

I honestly feel like the community supporting and standing up for the victims of bullying and cruel behavior is an art form. Everyone on their own decided to take it upon themselves to find the bullies, bash their name, and ruin their lives. As dramatic as that sounds, I know that was the main goal for hundreds of people. They got so creative in the comments of the Real Estate Agency one of the bullies worked for and said things like “she ran over my dog,” “she’s a mean girl,” “You shouldn’t tolerate bullies.” It was their form of expression and resulted in the mean girls getting caught.

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Areli Nava

52 thoughts on “Crime Tiktok & Cancel Culture

  1. Tiktok can benefit society by means of sex trafficking warnings and prevention, as well as assistance in criminal investigations. Nevertheless, the ”culture” of cancel culture is extremely detrimental to the well-being of the app’s users. Individuals who engage in inappropriate or harmful behaviour face significant backlash from the online community. Cancel culture often leads to immense retaliation from said community resulting in loss of employment (emailing employer or commenting on negative reviews) and mental health issues. While that accused individual most likely committed a “bullish” or unconventional act, such large-scale retaliation neglects their ability to learn from their mistakes. In this, those pertaining to the massive backlash should also be considered to have immoral behaviour in negligence of human well-being and potential for growth. However, I do believe there are certain circumstances in that such backlashes are reasonable, not limited to but including extreme acts of terrorism, racism, or any other forms of discrimination and/ or violence.

  2. I like the author’s opinion on cancel culture, especially the readiness for social media users to ‘cancel’ one another. I have also seen the viral video mentioned in the post, and there is no other way to put it besides the girls in the back were being flat out rude and textbook bullies. However, this does not justify the amount of hate and backlash that they faced as a result of the video going public. Their careers should not be ruined over this one, small incident, but hopefully it does cause them to reflect on their treatment of others. Back to cancel culture, people are terrified of being cancelled for the smallest things these days that it seems that many people are conforming to like-minded views to avoid this. Especially when it comes to social media, nothing is ever as it seems, and a short ten second video is not enough context to fully understand the situation, let alone ‘cancel’ someone for it.

  3. I’d say the Crime Tiktok and Cancel Culture well utilizes the widespread characteristic of social media to popularize and spread a message in restoring fairness, upholding justice and protecting both existing and potential victims. The mass browsing of posts and the setup of forums help people with similar concerns congregate and unite to fight against the force of evil, which really breaks the information barrier and let the innocent not ignorant of the potential threats or danger. In the case of #cancelmeangirls, I especially appreciated how the netizens were trying to help and support the bullied girl and to punish the mean girls in substantial real-life ways. Nevertheless, I would post a concern regarding the boundary of utilizing the force of gathering netizens, as sometimes what you see through the internet may also be false, and there are video uploaders actually fabricated the case to grab attention and increase views and clicks for their videos in order to earn money. In this case, the netizens should be careful not to avoided being utilized as a tool to harm innocent people. In addition, the boundary of upholding justice for one side and not conducting cyber-violence to the other side should be something that needs deliberate handling.

  4. I think this situation on TikTok is an example of how harmful cancel culture can be. While it is important they people learn to be respectful and kind in public, social media allows individuals behind a screen to forget their own worst moments. Moments where they might have been rude on a bad day, or judgemental before they learned not to be. People forget what it might feel like if their lives were ruined because this one bad moment got recorded and exposed. What these girls did was not good, kind, or respectful by any means but I do not think that the consequence is equivalent to their actions.

  5. Cancel culture is something that I think has blown way out of proportion. Don’t get me wrong, these people who get “cancelled” do deserve to have consequences for their actions, but I have seen cases where people get death threats, doxxed, friends/family members get harassed due as a result of cancel culture. This is something that can really affect a person and I think we need to be more mindful of that. On social media, some people just run with things without any proof and this can lead to innocent people being attacked because somebody falsely accused them of something.

  6. I think there are definitely pros and cons with TikTok. While I love it for the creativity it inspires in it’s users, I can see how this platform can quickly turn into something really ugly. I liked the example of how people would post videos of things that happened to them, in hopes of warning the community in efforts to make it safer for other people. However, I think that the spread of information to “cancel”
    someone, at its worse, is unnecessary. While those girls were acting mean, disrespectful, and honestly childish, that isn’t a reason to ruin their whole life and career.

  7. I think that the online community on TikTok can be helpful when it comes to raising awareness about self-defense, sex trafficking schemes, and crime going on in your area, but it can also be extremely harmful. TikTok allows content to spread extremely quickly, so people can get canceled over night. While the girls in the video were being “mean girls”, I don’t think it’s fair that one recorded and posted mistake subjects them to cyber-bullying, retaliation, and potentially destroyed careers.

  8. I agree that it’s really crazy how fast the TikTok community can gather information because of the algorithm and style of the platform, and I think that this can be helpful in informing people about self-defense, sex trafficking, and crime(s) going on in their area. But I also think that this ease of communication and spreading of content enforces cancel culture, which I do not support. I think cancel culture is retaliation that takes “justice” too far by dehumanizing the person and subjecting them to cyber bullying themselves. Even though the girls in the video were being “mean girls”, I don’t think that one recorded and posted mistake should ruin their careers or internet presence, and I wouldn’t consider this harmful effect of online community to be art because it is extremely harmful.

  9. The cancel culture is something that started out as a good thing. However, recently it is getting out of hand. People see/hear one side of the story and immediately decide to cancel the other party without even hearing their side of the story. One huge incident that still annoys me is the Selena vs Hailey situation that has been going on for years. Hailey is always seen as a home wrecker, mean girl and someone whose opinion does not matter. People, especially Selena fans, look at her every move and criticize them. In their eyes Selena can do no wrong. Dating the Weeknd after he breaks up with Bella? No, they were already broken up and plus they look cute together. Writing mean tweets about any women that interacted with Justin? It makes sense he cheated on her, so no matter what she says she is always right! If Hailey and Selena did the same exact thing while Hailey is getting so much hate Selena is praised. It always a lose-lose situation for Hailey. People need to open their eyes and try seeing thing from Hailey’s point of view.

  10. There is no tasteful way to say this, but I’ll go for it anyways: it’s just not that important. Don’t get me wrong, bullying is a very real, very harmful problem, that’s not what I’m getting at. But the size of the platform and the tenacity with which users engage with content is blowing things, such as the video in question, hugely out of proportion. I think there is a much better way of letting those girls know that what they were doing is wrong than “ruining her career”. Improvement of society comes with open conversation, and education, not just ending someones career over every single thing.

  11. There is no tasteful way to say this, but I’ll go for it anyways: it’s just not that important. Don’t get me wrong, bullying is a very real, very harmful problem, that’s not what I’m getting at. But the size of the platform and the tenacity with which users engage with content is blowing things, such as the video in question, hugely out of proportion. I think there is a much better way of letting those girls know that what they were doing is wrong than “ruining her career”. Improvement of society comes with open conversation, and education, not just ending someones career over every single thing.

  12. I’ll admit that I spend a lot of time on crime tiktok, I find it fascinating to get a brief lesson on what is going on in the world right now or learning about a previous crime that has become well known. The big disadvantage to this is that the information being spread through tiktok is not fact checked, we have no way of knowing if what is being taught is actually true. On the other hand, the speed at which people on the internet get information about a current crime is jarring and has its own advantages and disadvantages. Awareness of something happening right now or gaining new information about a crime that may have been missed are the two best things to come out of crime tiktok. But, again, we can not trust every word being said to us unless we want to limit of our knowledge and mindset.

  13. Cancel culture is an interesting concept and it is something that provokes my interest. To my understanding, people online are constantly taking sides and making judgments based on partially true information. Adding to that, there is not really a true way to eliminate hate on the internet, since internet is where people express their opinions, and people’s opinions can be malicious. We should make laws against “doxxing” and cyberbullying to ensure that people’s freedom of speech is protected, while making sure that people are not blindly attacked by people online.

  14. It is interesting reading this article since I remember this whole situation unfolding in real time. I do find myself agreeing that these mean girls should be held accountable for their actions being bullies. However, the lengths that people online are willing to go to to “teach someone a lesson” or “hold people accountable” can reach the point of harassment. Believe me there are people on the platform that deserve to be called out and held responsible for the things that they do, but i find myself wondering if this is one of those times.

  15. I kept up with this video and with the creator since I first watched this Tiktok video. I do agree that the girls were being bullies and it shocked me too how fast the Internet were able to find the girls in the video and even find where they worked. Although this creates a sense of community at times, I do feel that sometimes social media platforms and cancel culture goes too far. Yes those girls were being mean but I do not know if it warranted finding their place of employment and spamming negative comments or even bullying their appearances. How can we cancel someone for being a bully and yet do the same thing back? It does not make sense. I also feel cancel culture often does not allow people to grow and change. This is very unhealthy and it is simply unrealistic to not expect people to ever make mistakes, especially if they are young.

  16. I, too, am amazed at how fast people were able to find the ‘mean girl’ and her place of work just from that one tiktok. While I find it impressive and agree this — as a community effort — in itself is a form of art, because it was all done in the name of berating bullies, I also find myself afraid that such personal information can be accessed so easily! Personally, I believe this kind of extensive research should be utilized for cases that are in more dire need of it, such as those trying to solve crime mysteries and such.

  17. I enjoyed reading this article and I am amazed by this too. I feel the same about the Tiktok community, especially recently as the Tiktok culture has gained more popularity all over the world. Honestly, I enjoy using this app and learning about the traditions, food, and lifestyles of different cultures. Yet, I feel this platform can have bright and dark sides at the same time. I agree with you that Tiktok can be useful in bridging gaps and spreading useful information to educate people and help them avoid harm, but I feel that the Tiktok community should be more rational and realistic when declaring war on bullies or dealing with bad people. Cancel culture can be toxic and unhealthy when it is gone too far in harming people and ruining their lives. The community of TikTok needs to find more moderated and ethical ways to teach bad people a lesson instead of invading their privacy and challenging their mental health and social connections. I feel that this app should be more regulated by the government to avoid privacy issues and mental health problems.

  18. Personally, I see the benefits in cancel culture only in the sense of it being a deterrent of idiotic comments from ignorant individuals on Tiktok especially. However, when it begins to draw unrealistic fear in those who actual have interesting thoughts and wish to make themselves heard, that is where it draws a line. I think cancel culture is a bad thing, all-in-all, because comments made by individuals at a young age can result in the destruction in their whole reputation and built-up work.

  19. I personally like the TikTok app, but see where this post is coming from. I’ve seen some really cool and heartwarming stories on the app, but have also seen the cancel culture videos that the post refers to. Ultimately, it depends on the TikTok users preferences, but there are pros and cons to the app in general.

  20. Hi everyone!
    I also agree with what everyone on here is discussing regarding the rapid spread of information across platforms such as TikTok and its possible uses for crimes and crime solving. However, such as the cancel culture mentioned in the original post, I believe there is a thin line to take into account when it comes to TikTok, information and crimes. I have seen a lot of communities trying to take crimes in to their own hands through TikTok investigation however, there is a boundary that is crossed when people try to take matters into their own hands through vigilantism. Again, such as cancel culture mentioned in the original posts, when people tru to take matters into their own hands, it can often times get out of control.

  21. Cancel culture, as a phenomenon, has both positives and negatives. On one hand, it can be seen as a means of holding individuals accountable for their actions, especially in cases of harmful behavior, bigotry, or abuse. Cancel culture has the potential to create a sense of collective responsibility and push for social progress by demanding consequences for those who perpetuate harm. It can also give marginalized communities a platform to address long-standing issues and challenge systemic injustices. However, cancel culture also has its drawbacks. It can sometimes lead to swift judgments and punishment without due process, causing harm to individuals who may deserve an opportunity for growth and redemption. Additionally, the intense online backlash associated with cancel culture can result in a toxic environment where fear of being cancelled stifles free expression and open dialogue. It is important to strike a balance, promoting accountability while allowing for the possibility of learning and growth, fostering an environment that encourages dialogue and education rather than solely focusing on punishment.

  22. It’s definitely amazing how quickly information can be spread and consumed on TikTok especially nowadays. For crime tiktok, I think this is super helpful. Although there are always going to be people who exaggerate crimes for views, there are usually more good than bad videos in this tiktok genre. Not only are the videos about old serial killers entertaining, but the informational videos surrounding trafficking, for example, are super helpful for young girls who might not have any interest in watching news outlets or reading any informational material on this topic. On the topic of cancel culture, I find it ridiculous. It can be amazing to see how quickly people turn on someone who behaved genuinely inappropriately, but it’s also really scary to see how quickly people switch up on someone they loved 10 minutes ago over information with potentially no source or backbone. Fake news has been a problem for several years now, but it’s become more and more prevalent on social media outlets, especially those with young, vulnerable audiences.

  23. I think this article brings into light some of the good and bad things that come about from using social media. It definitely has its pros with providing advice and warnings of incidents that may be arising, and definitely does a good job at informing people of topics that could possibly be overlooked. However, it shines light on the negative sides of it as well, as the topic of cancel culture arises. Sure it might be great that the bullies are being put into the limelight for their actions, but how far is too far? They got doxxed to the point where people online found out where one of them works and targeted their workplace in efforts to get them fired as retribution for their actions of being mean. Frankly we have gone too far with cancel culture, as a getting called out for a simple mistake does not encourage people to push for accountability, but instead encourages people to push for making their lives a living hell.

  24. I also saw the video on my For You page and it was clear to me that they were being malicious towards the original poster. I also wanted justice and I wanted the girls to be called out because they were adults and should know better than to visibly mock someone who just wanted to take pictures at a game. I am still not sure whether I agree that this incident should’ve ruined a girl’s reputation or not, but I hope that this amount of backlash has taught them (and hopefully more people) a lesson that it doesn’t hurt to mind your own business. Social media is so powerful and as naturally curious beings, people tend to sleuth and scour the internet for any pieces of people’s personal lives. And just like how people can offer life-saving tips and advice, others’ lives can be ruined within a day all from a viral video.

  25. I think this article highlights the good and bad ways social media can be used. Using it to educate people on safety and bringing light to crimes so that the unsolved can be solved is amazing. It’s so cool that people can unite and help others out without even seeing them. However, in the terms of cancel culture I feel like we’ve gone too far. I think instead of encouraging people to hold themselves accountable for their mistakes, we’re basically telling people that they can’t make mistakes because if you do then your life will be ruined. Obviously bullying is wrong and those girls should apologize, but should the rest of their life be ruined because of this? Have we not all made mistakes and done things we regret?

  26. Cancel culture has become pretty toxic. I am not sure how bad of a thing it is if I am being honest. From an outsider’s perspective I sometimes find myself questioning the choices people make when posting content on Tiktok that is hateful or negative. Content creators are held to a higher standard because of their platform and audience. It can make them feel like they are walking on egg shells out of fear of getting canceled for saying the wrong thing. I do not think this is a bad thing; it holds these people accountable/responsible for the choices they make online. It is what comes with the job. CrimeTok is great! It gives small summaries/synopses of important cases and helps spread awareness/advocates for victims of crime on a popular app. It is a great and efficient way to target a wider audience.

  27. Cancel culture has become pretty toxic. I am not sure how bad of a thing it is if I am being honest. From an outsider’s perspective I sometimes find myself questioning the choices people make when posting content on Tiktok that is hateful or negative. Content creators are held to a higher standard because of their platform and audience. It can make them feel like they are walking on eggshells out of fear of getting canceled for saying the wrong thing. I do not think this is a bad thing; it holds these people accountable/responsible for the choices they make online. It is what comes with the job. CrimeTok is great! It gives small summaries/synopses of important cases and helps spread awareness/advocates for victims of crime on a popular app. It is a great and efficient way to target a wider audience.

  28. I remember coming across this video on my own TikTok, and at first doubting whether the girls were actually going to do anything “mean,” or if the creator was just looking to cause drama. As the video went on, I felt disgusted by what the mean girls were doing, especially since it was completely unnecessary. If you watch the TikTok, you can see the victim lose her self confidence, and while the whole situation is unfortunate, it is a great example of how harmful bullying can be — and how fast it impacts the victim. I think people take cancel culture too far in some situations, and that we all learn from our mistakes. In this case, as another commenter pointed out, these girls are way too old to be as rude as they were. Do I think the community should’ve ruined one of the girl’s reputations? Not necessarily, but hopefully they learn their lesson.

  29. Cancel culture is an extremely critical segment of my life growing up. Though it was helpful and good in the fact that it brought social justice against those who deserved it, it also instilled a toxic fear that made anyone and everyone fear social media. People started digging up random conversation centuries ago and brought it to light in attempts to cancel anyone and everyone, making unnecessary hatred and violence against random people. Deleting context, screenshotting specific parts of an overall sentence or paragraph, and blowing conversations out of proportion has made many people suffer from an upscale invasion of inboxes and cruel comments. The cancel culture that was meant to shed light against bullying, violence, and crimes ended up causing bullying, violence, and crimes to those undeserving of it. In a way, it is no different from cruel and unusual punishment.

  30. I think that social media platforms can do both good and harm. People tend to take things too far when it comes to cancel culture and thoughtlessly ruin some people’s lives for being a “bully”. Doxxing, posting people’s addresses, and posting harmful content that is life-ruining is a crime and these people are claiming to be ‘standing up’ for the girl. People need to be educated about social media and need to realize that there online actions have real-life consequences

  31. I think that this really shows the power of social media and how easy it can be to find someone’s personal information. I definitely think that there is a line between teaching someone a lesson in not being a bully/being kind and unnecessary harassment. With this situation I think that it was great that they were called out, and hopefully learned something by having the internet try to cancel them, but going to the lengths of finding out where they work was definitely over the line. It proves how dangerous the internet can be because of how easily people can find out information. It’s actually kind of scary how much people can find and the power that strangers on the internet have on a person’s life.

  32. I do think social media is both a blessing and a curse. Places like tiktok are allowing those that are bullied to expose bullies in a way that is actually detrimental to the bully. However, it is true some people take it too far. The bully sometimes receives death threats or finds themselves harassed and followed by people canceling them. So, while it does serve karma to mean people, it can also be taken too far.

  33. As one of the millions of people who saw that TikTok go viral, I think it’s both scary but deserving in some cases. I do think cancel culture takes it a bit too far sometimes, like causing people to receive death threats and such. However, with that TikTok of the girl bullying another girl, it’s one of those cases where it’s deserving. People should treat others how they want to be treated, and karma is real. Getting canceled was one of the consequences of her actions, but hopefully she learned to not do it again. I think the same can be said about the Selena and Hailey situation, where a mean girl ended up getting canceled for openly bullying a beloved celebrity on her very much public platform. Did she expect nobody to respond to her insensitivity?

  34. I think something interesting is that Tik Tok nowadays is promoting such a negative view of social media. Like, when Vine was on, nothing like this would’ve happened and nothing got to this point to have it become a “cancel culture”, etc. But, furthermore, I think that the “For You” feed, even though it promotes this negative culture, it also provides us access to see the “dark side” of people within the U.S. and the world. We would have never been this closely-knit within Vine because we never would have been able to access content like this, etc.

  35. As someone who has seen a friend be sought after through cancel culture, it terrifies me how a group of people come together to further bring down one person. They want to prevent them from having a future by hurting their career and doing “righteous” acts such as negatively commenting about them or finding out where they work. Sure, the person who was in the wrong is in the wrong for what they did but you shouldn’t have to “cancel” them. It is nice to have someone by your side as a support but they shouldn’t be acting out for you. I would also like to add that users hiding behind a screen have a lack of control over themselves because they can try to remain anonymous, further inspiring the “cancel culture.” Overall, “cancel culture” terrifies me and I would not want to be a victim of it, ever.

  36. There are people who say the mean girls are promoting hate through their actions and so the general TikTok community responds with more hate, justified in the fact that the mean girls deserve it. It’s an interesting back and forth. I wonder different ways to handle situations like this, especially in our globalized communities.

  37. I remember when I first saw the initial post in TikTok. I cannot say that it was shocking how a video became viral in no time. I do believe that social media platforms have their pros and cons, as anything in life. I believe that the actions taken by the followers and other who decide to stand up, were the correct ones to some extent. I agree that exposing the bullies is a mature way of making the world better especially via social media. The power that social media has in today’s society is quite impressing.

  38. I remember when I first saw the initial post in TikTok. I cannot say that it was shocking how a video became viral in no time. I do believe that social media platforms have their pros and cons, as anything in life. I believe that the actions taken by the followers and other who decide to stand up, were the correct ones to some extent. I agree that exposing the bullies is a mature way of making the world better especially via social media. The power that social media has in today’s society is quite impressing.

  39. Cancel culture today is incredibly toxic. Given the context, those girls in the video were doing something that is incredibly disrespectful and rude to do to another person, especially when they are just trying to have a good time and live their life. However, once the story came out, for people to get these individuals fired, to create threats of violence among them, or to even create more false accusations of these individuals, based on this one instance is completely uncalled for and unnecessary. In order to be a bigger person in society it is important to call out people on things that may have hurt others, but it is never okay to try and dismantle their lives and put them in direct danger, over something as simple as a tiktok video.

  40. Social media platforms such as Tiktok are like a double-edged sword. They can be a source of exposing the wrongdoings in society, but can also be used to instill harm in others such as with cyberbullying. The negative consequences of social media may lead to mental health issues such as depression resulting from comparing oneself to people’s seemingly perfect lives online. There has to be a more effective way to unite people than to fight violence- whether verbal or physical- with violence. Social media platforms have also become a platform for people to express themselves in a way to gain attention. Some people may result in engaging in dangerous or even criminal acts in exchange for more followers or likes.

  41. Social Media, especially Tik Tok now, is a huge platform because so many people use it as a form of entertainment, news, etc. Tik Toks spread so quickly from one platform to another. Like this video in particular it actually appeared on my Instagram. People do a great job of spreading videos like these around to get ‘justice’. I do know that people on Tik Tok found the girl’s pages and gave them hate for acting like so in this video that they came out with their own apology video on Tik Tok explaining their side of the story. But would it be a crime to stalk and be hypocritical and bully the girls in the video? Social media has great power over everyone who owns it, it’s really scary how fast people can be found or how fast a scenario like so can be brought to light.

  42. I find this tiktok as an example of cancel culture and cancel culture in general kind of confusing. Everyone standing up for everyone against people who are “bullies,” is good by standing up for each other but at the same time by calling their workplace and being determined to take down this person can be a little excessive. It gets confusing by where do we draw the line as being supportive when it comes to cancel culture and when it’s “crossing a line”.

  43. Hi Areli!

    I’ve always seen Social Media platforms as one community. It is like a challenge if someone wants to post something up there. You either get recognized and applauded, or get blackmailed like these mean girls in the video. The internet is a place where people share and acknowledge contents publicly. It is no shock to see how one thing can quickly become viral and turn into a serious situation. Now TikTok, on the other hand, introduced our eyes to a completely new world. It can be as quick as within a couple of minutes, and thousands and millions of people (for influencers) will know exactly your personal businesses. Another recent example that I witnessed was the case of one of China’s pandas. This panda resides in Memphis Zoo. One day an ordinary person filmed a video about the living/health situation of the panda and it went crazily viral and out of control just within a couple hours. Since then, the Chinese population continuously put pressure on the government and even posted awareness videos on Times Square Billboards to get their concerns heard. And finally, about a week or two ago, the panda was brought back to China. Overall, sometimes it takes as little as one person to get something diminished. You also mentioned that you think the issue was taken a little far, but then again, situations like these are unbearable in people’s eyes. People believe it’s their responsibility to take actions against unacceptable behaviors.

  44. As someone who has never had TikTok, I can understand the rise of cancer culture occurring online. I have always been the one to cringe when seeing people “dance” on TikTok for a living, such as Addison Rae, however, would never be the one to judge like those girls did in the video provided above. Everyone should be able to work and live comfortably, whether people have opinions or not. Something that does amaze me, is how fast the community on TikTok are able to locate the mean girl’s information and jobs. While I do think ruining of their careers is a bit harsh, I do think some people think they can bully others without any type of harm to themselves and deserve a type of consequence.

  45. TikTok has become a platform for discussing crime cases and calling out negative behavior such as bullying. It’s interesting to see how quickly the community can come together to provide information and bring attention to these issues, but it’s important to consider the potential consequences of cancel culture and the impact it can have on individuals’ lives.

  46. Hi Areli!

    The situation on TikTok in which the girls were caught making fun of and bullying the creator taking photos at the Astro’s game is a perfect example of cancel culture gone too far. Do I condone the actions of the “#meangirls”…no. But what differentiates calling someone names and bullying them at a baseball game from the cancel-culture-warriors who then attempts to get the mean girls fired? Isn’t that bullying too? In my opinion, trying to get someone fired, their career ruined, and “bash their names” is almost worse than making faces and calling names.

    Furthermore, the original creator and victim of bullying even made an update video on TikTok in which she thanks people for the support, but tells her listeners that she does not condone the actions of the cancel-culture-warriors and the treatment of the two mean girls. She elaborates to say that she did receive an apology from both of the girls face-to-face and that’s all she wanted.

    Social media has done amazing things, but it has also taken humanity down a path that I think we shouldn’t continue to go down. Cancel culture is sometimes referred to as “consequences,” but I think people have lost the meaning of what “consequence” really means. Consequence, as defined by Merriam-Webster is “something produced by a cause.” Cancel culture isn’t something produced by the event itself; it results from people taking it upon themselves to punish people in whatever way they see fit. Cancel culture allows the masses to be judge, jury, and executioner in any social case.

    Before condoning the actions of individuals on TikTok for cancelling the girls and calling it an art form, maybe try to give yourself some perspective. If the mean girl was your daughter or your sister, would you still want their careers ruined? Would you still say it’s an appropriate “consequence?” Or do you only condone cancel culture when it’s a stranger from the internet that you can pretend doesn’t have a family or a life?

    I think the embarrassment from the video being posted online was enough of a consequence. Does anyone really deserve threats of violence from celebrities, death threats, or doxing (their private information like their address and phone numbers made public)?

  47. Cancel culture and social media is a slippery slope. I believe that in certain circumstances it can be a useful tool to hold people accountable and to help people learn from their mistakes. In other circumstances, it can lead to extremes and be dangerous. I saw this situation unfold on the internet and while I do not agree with the girl’s actions, I do not believe the following consequences fit their crime. The fact that thousands of strangers had the ability to get them fired, doxxed, and their companies shut down is dangerous and extreme. Cancel culture has no set rules and every situation seems to be different.

    1. Hi Emma,
      I completely agree that under certain circumstances it is ideal to hold people accountable because their actions have been extremely aggravating to an individual or a community. However, I am curious to know what you would consider instances or actions that are worthy of intervention from the public? Furthermore, acknowledging the power that we hold with social media platforms, how can we ensure the correct people are holding others accountable? Do you think we should have a set of rules or guidelines when cancelling someone, so that it is more uniform and fair?
      I personally think Cancel Culture has gotten out of hand, I think crimes should be treated as such, and anything other than that we should leave room for learning, growth, and improvement for those who need it.

  48. I find it amusing what social media is capable of doing, particularly TikTok. I remember when I first came across the viral TikTok and within less than a day people had already found the background girls’ accounts and names. I believe in certain situations the lengths that people take to achieve some form of justice can be extreme but in others, it can be helpful (ie. finding a long-lost relative). One thing I learned throughout the years is that just the way in which social media can support and build your platform, it can also destroy your lives to a certain extent.

  49. I think the issue of addressing bullying/calling people out on TikTok is a really complicated one. On one hand, I think that people who are acting in such ways towards people completely minding their own business should be called out and discouraged from doing so in the future, but I think by doxxing this girl and trying to sabotage her job with false allegations also counts as bullying. I think those who are defending the original girl being bullied went about it the wrong way. If they wanted to ruin her career (and I definitely think she deserves consequences), they should have sent her employers the video proof of her bullying instead of making false random statements.

  50. Hi Areli!
    I saw this whole issue as it happened and very quickly spread on both TikTok and Twitter. What I did not know however was that the supposed mean girls were being looked for in order to be, what we now know as, cancelled. Although I do think it is good that people are being held accountable for their actions, I also think it should be more of a warning and that they should have the opportunity to learn what they did was wrong. On the other hand, they are old enough to know it is not okay to make fun of others and should have stayed quiet. This is especially true when we know how easily people are being cancelled and sometimes for the smallest reason. Apart from this, it also seems be hypocritical and makes no sense to me why you would bully two girls for being bullies. There has to be a way for people to understand what they did was wrong and have consequences, but also not be extremely shamed for it.

  51. I have had the same thoughts about this same situation as I saw it unfold on my TikTok feed. I think it is great that these girls are getting the karma that they definitely deserve for doing those unnecessary comments and gestures. This situation did bring up the question of cybersecurity and the lengths people are going to get justice. While these girls do deserve some repercussion, where will this type of stalking (finding these girls work) end? And more importantly, how can we avoid this into turning into something more intimate and dangerous (like finding their address)?

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