On Megan Thee Stallion, the Overuse of ‘Cancel Culture,’ and Allowing People Space to Grow

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The federal investigative bureau branch of Twitter has struck again—and this time it involves our favorite hot girl.

Twitter detectives dug into the archives to reveal tweets from Megan Thee Stallion that involved homophobic language.

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Catching wind of this, Thee Stallion made it clear her tweets were written from the mind of a child (notably, she was 16 at the time of her 2011 tweet). These days, she says that she has grown and no longer shares any homophobic views. She apologized for the tweet and presumably went about her business.

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But if you think this story ends here, then you’re not well-versed in the lengths people will go to to bring someone down.

Soon after the tweets surfaced, people from all stretches of the internet started calling for all to cancel Thee Stallion.

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As someone with an affinity for men in all their splendor, I refuse to hold the thoughts of someone’s past against them when they’ve apologized and have shown that they’re willing to change and/or have changed. We’ve all, present company included, had problematic thoughts, but the beauty of growth and praying grandmothers has delivered us from the ignorance of our past—we hope.

Was what Thee Stallion said wrong? Absolutely. Are you obligated to accept her apology? Nah. But what you can’t do is chastise her for actions she is making amends for.

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As a close friend said in conversation: “We have to make space for people to grow.” We cannot expect people to learn from their mistakes if we continue to berate them with negativity.

I think it’s time we all sit as a collective and come to an understanding of the word “cancel.” We can’t keep throwing that and the word “boycott” around just because we feel like it. Words mean things, and there is a time and a place for all of them.

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It is my hope that Thee Stallion learned from her mistake. In celebration of that, I shall now jubilantly twerk my way into a hot boy summer.

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Corey Townsend

Chief Beyoncé Content Officer @ TheRoot. I aspire to be as steadfast & unmovable as Solange's wig. Former President of Hogwart's Black Student Union.