Cancel culture was well-intentioned.
With names of predators like Harvey Weinstein mentioned.
The Me Too movement managed to create awareness,
Of calling out people like Bill Cosby in all fairness
Social media became a place where predators were called out.
Knowing that their days were numbered so they could no longer flout,
the laws that they continued transgressing.
And their subsequent jail sentences were seen as a blessing.
In ridding society of people who cause untold harm
Whilst showing the public that they could charm
The lawyers, the media and everyone alike
So mobs would turn on the victims and start to fight.
Believing the bad person and supporting them,
When victims were harassed by choosing when
To call out the names of those that did wrong.
Even R Kelly with his lyrics in a song
Indicating to the public just how much he was at fault
Being brave enough never to hide his deeds in a vault
We cheered and danced to cancel culture
But one day, without realizing we became the vulture
And picked on people we didn’t like very much
Believing those that had scores to settle with such
Viciousness and violence we tore into the one we found transgressed
What we stated was our rules even when we messed
And upended the lives of family members
Calling out irrespective of their genders
Or age and innocence such was the plan
To destroy not only the man
But everything he stood for with no opportunity to defend
His side of the story that wasn’t the end
goal of the cancel culture brigade.
Never to seek the truth or why allegations were made.
We wanted them to suffer because we said
Even if they ended up dead
As a result of taking their own lives
Revelling in the fact that at least our knives
Were part of the weapons that killed and destroyed a life
We sat back with glee and sharpened our knife.
Waiting patiently for the next “perp” to go viral
Not giving a damn that these allegations spiral,
Out of control as it did with Johnny Depp
We needed to do more than just destroy his rep.
He was meant to suffer because of Amber Heard.
With no chance of telling people what had occurred
That he was the victim of abuse and greed
Cancel culture needed to feed
On his pain without further thought
Of what his abuser had brought
To him from the first hello
Cancel culture had begun to hit below,
The belt when dealing with one story
Not stopping when faced with evidence to the contrary.
Cancel culture was good until some bad people joined.
Calling out those they didn’t like as it was coined.
Social media became a warm place to hide.
While wars raged on and destroyed the inside
Of the person who chose to do good
But with precision, the lies ensued.
And now we use hashtags to say they must fall.
And in those fallen there are innocents who are trying to call,
And put an end to the cancel culture that wants to destroy
Not the lies, or who is at the bottom of the ploy
But people like you and me,
Become targets of hate and contempt
Who is met with silence and ghosting when trying to attempt,
To defend the hate that others use,
When first we shouted abuse
Cancel culture has changed from inside.
It’s become a playground where bullies and trolls reside,
Damaging the psyche of people with no thought or worry
That truth has a way of getting out, and by the time it does, it’s often too late to say, “I’m sorry.”