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Digging up the past...
By: Abhimanyu Rao
Since the day we were able to voice our opinions, we have been warned to be careful about the things we do and say. We have been told that the internet is a place where anything you post will never be taken down completely. You can delete your posts, but they are never truly gone.
These rules apply even more to the people who are constantly under the scrutiny of the public eye, the celebrities. We have often seen celebrities being cancelled on social media, for a variety of reasons, however, I am here today to talk about them being cancelled for the mistakes of their past.
Now, this is an extremely controversial topic, for a number of reasons. Firstly, this is controversial because it focuses on people caught up in controversies! This already makes it a polarising topic for several people, who would often find themselves choosing a side on the issue. However, there are even more things to consider.
Firstly, we must understand that there is a massive debate on the responsibilities that these public figures hold. On one hand, people could argue that the platform and publicity that they have amassed makes them responsible for the things they do, more so than regular people.
This means that the things that they post and say are placed under a powerful microscope. However, there is another side to this view. There are people who believe that it is unfair to keep celebrities and their lives under such scrutiny. There are people who try to dig up dirt on celebrities from their childhood. This, however, is the focus of this article. Celebrities and their past mistakes.
The saying “Old sins cast long shadows” is quite true, especially for celebrities. Examples, like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have had past mistakes of theirs dug up, and used to smear their image completely.
These may be things they did several years ago, or even things they did early in their youth, however, they are brought up in the present, and often have devastating results. These celebrities often face devastating consequences, especially in public opinion of them.
However, what we must consider is whether or not defaming them for past mistakes is the right thing to do. There are instances where you should hold celebrities responsible for their actions, but the way the public has begun taking such strong action against the smallest of slip-ups, that celebrities need to be very careful about everything they do.
Now this would have been a good thing, because it would have kept the influential people in check, however, it actually took a turn for the worse…
This is because people have been digging up past mistakes, and using those against these people. There are several reasons why this is questionable. Even to the point of being completely wrong. The way this works is doing thorough background check-like searches on the lives of celebrities.
Now this is a big problem, because it holds people responsible for things they did in the past, using a perspective from the present.
This doesn’t only apply to celebrities. We are all told to be mindful about the things we post on social media, and I agree with this statement. However, no 15-16 year old can be completely mindful of the things that they post, and that is a fact!
This doesn’t mean that minors should be allowed to post anything they want to, but it does beg the question, can you really hold people responsible for things they did in their youth. No one is mature enough to make huge decisions that can change their future when they are young.
Furthermore, times change, and perspectives change with those times. Things that were acceptable even as recently as the year 2000 are not acceptable today. As awareness is raised, people learn more about the right and the wrong. This just supports the fact that one cannot judge people based on the mistakes of the past.
In conclusion, the world has reached a stage of its existence. Past mistakes are available very easily, which is most certainly a scary thought! However, it isn’t fair to use these past mistakes to judge people in the present! These mistakes should definitely be used as learning experiences, but maybe not as public floggings!
By: Agastya Rao
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