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The Roundtable: Victims, Verbs, and #MeToo

Has "cancel culture" weakened our ability to make important distinctions between discomfort and abuse?

Joy Villa, Sharon Kyle, Taylor Ferber and Nick Hamilton joined Roundtable to discuss recent controversies around gender and race in media. In this segment they talk about cancel culture, sexual assault, and accountability.  

Nitecast Media's Nick Hamilton says that he doesn't believe people who claim not to know the red lines of contemporary social norms and "cancel culture."

"There's certain things that you can say, and there's certain things that you can't say—and if you're of a certain age, you have an idea of what some of those things are," he says. "I think people try to cross those lines and they want to use the excuse of, 'Well, hey, I didn't know.' No, you were sure. You just weren't sure you were gonna get caught." 

"This is why we talk about cancel culture—because certain things do need to be canceled," he continues. "Certain people want to use ignorance as an excuse, and that's not an excuse.."

Journalist and podcast host Taylor Ferber notes that cancel culture can sometimes go too far, saying that victims of real abuse should not be placed on equal footing with everyone who feels slighted or uncomfortable in social situations. 

"After even speaking first-hand with some of these women who suffered severe trauma [at the hands of R. Kelly], it really upsets me [when we] conflate that with someone checking out your ass at the gym," she says. 

"It waters down and discredits victims and their stories."

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Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

Joy Villa, Billboard Top 200 Artist, Producer

Taylor Ferber, Host, Cancel Me Baby Podcast

Sharon Kyle, Co-Founder, LA Progressive

Nick Hamilton, Founder, Nitecast Media