Bryan Cranston Says 'Cancel Culture' Has Made Us 'Less Understanding' | 22 Words

Actor Bryan Cranston has this week expressed his fears over "cancel culture" and what it means for the future of free speech...


And, as you'd expect from the actor, he didn't hold back.

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Keep scrolling to hear what he had to say...

Now, the so-called cancel-culture has been dominating the virtual world as of late.

Traditionally, the term "canceled" means to "dismiss something", or to "reject an individual or an idea", as per Dictionary.

But, in the last year or so, the act of "canceling" has taken on a whole new meaning entirely.

Canceling someone - whether it be rejecting them, ignoring them, publicly opposing their views or actions, or depriving them of time and attention - has become the go-to tactic for disgruntled and offended internet-goers.

Celebrities and public figures are the most common targets of this new cancel-culture.

Perhaps the most memorable example is the previously-beloved mastermind behind the Harry Potter franchise, J.K Rowling, who was savagely "canceled" after expressing her views on women and gender.

In June last year, the author shared a link to an article titled: "Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate."

She then commented: "'People who menstruate’. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"

The backlash was astounding...

And, almost instantly, the internet was alight with allegations of transphobia and even some calls for Rowling and the Harry Potter franchise to be canceled and boycotted entirely.

Another high-profile figure to face the wrath of cancel culture recently was Ivanka Trump.

Amid President Trump's controversial response to the BLM protests last summer, his daughter was hastily dropped by Wichita State University Tech in Kansas just hours after it had been revealed she would be giving a speech to its students.

Obviously, Ivanka was furious with the decision...

And blasted both the university and cancel-culture, pointing out that "campuses should be bastions of free speech."

So, as you can see from these examples alone...

On social platforms such as Twitter, canceling users with opposing views has become the norm - but does that mean it's the way forward?

In recent months, more and more people have been speaking out against cancel culture...

By arguing that it is a form of bullying and will be the "death of free speech."

Of course, celebrities have been at the forefront of this fight against cancelation.

An open letter to Harper’s Magazine in July last year was signed by more than 150 prominent authors and journalists, including J.K Rowling, Salman Rushdie, and Margaret Atwood, decrying what they see as a loss of open debate and tolerance as a result of cancel-culture.

Even former POTUS, Barack Obama, who is famously left-wing, has called out cancel-culture.

In an eye-opening speech at an Obama Foundation event in 2019, he told those who are "politically woke" to "get over that", and pointed out that canceling people online "isn't activism." "That’s not bringing about change," he said. “If all you’re doing is casting stones, you’re probably not going to get that far. That’s easy to do."

And, just last week...

Mr. Bean star, Rowan Atkinson also spoke out on the subject.

When asked about his thoughts on cancel-culture...

He didn't hesitate in expressing his distaste.

He compared online cancelers as a "medieval mob."

“But what we have now is the digital equivalent of the medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn."

“It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be ‘canceled’."

He then acknowledged that the overwhelming popularity of Mr. Bean may be down to the character - who is mostly mute - being verbally unable to offend those with “greater sensitivities."

And now, another star has added his voice to the mix.

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Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, is the latest to offer his viewpoint on cancel culture.

He spoke out against the phenomenon this week.

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"We live in this "cancel culture" of people erring and doing wrong, either on purpose or by accident. And there's less forgiveness in our world," he told Associated Press.

"I think we're unfortunately in a coarser environment."

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"I think our societies have become harder and less understanding, less tolerant, less forgiving."

"Where does forgiveness live in our society?"

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"Where can we accept someone's behavior if they are contrite, if they are apologetic, and take responsibility?"

"I think we need to take a second look at that, and exhale."

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"And realize that asking forgiveness and receiving forgiveness are not weaknesses but are human strengths."

Strong words, Bryan.

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Do you agree with his stance?