Whether you want to admit it or not, we now live in a “cancel culture”.
If you’re a public figure and you do something that is deemed to be inappropriate, you may face serious consequences from the public at large.
But is it always fair?
Are there any celebrities out there who have been cancelled that you feel bad for?
AskReddit users shared their thoughts.
1. A rough situation.
From what I’ve seen she was abused by Dan Schneider at Nickelodeon Studios for YEARS.
And a lot like Britney, is currently under conservatorship because of a total mental breakdown.”
2. You mean Encino Man?
The man was groped by Hollywood exec Philip Berk and spoke out about it long before #metoo.
They instantly cancelled him and we never got to see him again till only recently… His mom also passed away shortly after he got s*xually assaulted.”
3. Shelley Duvall.
“Duvall was in a string of great Robert Altman films in the 1970s, and did her own string of Cable shows in the 1980s, Shelley Duvall’s Faere Tale Theatre, Tall Tales and Legends, and Bedtime stories.
Also, she did a few musical albums, and even created some computer games in the 1990s, like A Bird’s Life and A Dog’s life. There is WAY more to her then Wendy Torrane in the Shining.
Now, she is completly forgotten, except when people call her crazy or something. She deserves WAY better in my opinion.”
She didn’t even get “cancelled”, she just had her reputation smeared all over primetime tv and THEN the courts decide that her reaction to being systematically erased from relevance was “crazy”.”
He should have been Australia’s greatest athlete, but he supported the black power salute and got black listed by the Australian Olympic Committee.”
6. Haven’t heard about this one.
There’s a really good documentary called “You Cannot Kill David Arquette” about what happened and how he is now.”
7. Two good actresses.
Harvey Weinstein blacklisted her for years. She’s an incredible actress IMO.
Mira Sorvino, too. She went from one of the most in-demand actresses after winning her Oscar, to being completely blacklisted because Weinstein was telling anyone who’d listen that she was a diva and impossible to work with.”
8. Star of the 1980s.
He was the first who told everyone what was really going on with child actors in Hollywood and no one listened.
Barbara Walters yelled at him for exposing it.”
As a 1980s kid who loved PeeWee’s Playhouse, remembering how my parents tried to explain Paul Rubens getting canceled is hilarious.
My dad told me “he took off his clothes in a movie theater” and kid me was like “wow that’s really weird but I guess he is kind of crazy?””
10. Remember this?
That feels like one of the first big “cancels” of the Internet age.
Glad she was able to rebound with Stranger Things.”
11. This was ridiculous.
He yelled in excitement at one of his political rallies in 2004.
People thought he was wasn’t fit to be president because of it.”
“Kind of a unique case but, Laura Dern.
When Laura Dern played Ellen’s girlfriend on the episode where she came out, she was blacklisted by the industry for nearly a decade. And some people would harass her to the point she needed protection in public.
She says her manager warned her she wouldn’t get roles if she agreed to take the part on Ellen but did so anyways. She went from Jurassic Park and being in demand to nobody giving her a call.
Obviously she’s recovered but we lost a decade of great Laura Dern performances because of studios perception that she was cancelled by public opinion for playing a gay role.”
13. For speaking out.
“Not completely gone, but Terry Crews has issues getting work because he spoke out about being s*xually assaulted during the #MeToo movement.
People assumed a man his stature couldn’t be assaulted and he gave names and people weren’t very happy.”
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