Celebrated actor and star of “Breaking Bad,” Bryan Cranston, dropped some real wisdom in an interview posted on Tuesday.
Speaking with the Associated Press, Cranston began speaking about society’s current habit of canceling anyone who runs afoul of the body politic whether intentionally or unintentionally. Cancel culture has ruined careers, families, and even has been responsible for suicides.
Cranston denounced cancel culture and encouraged society to focus on forgiveness in a message that should be spread around for all to see.
“We live in this ‘cancel culture’ of people erring and doing wrong — either on purpose or by accident — and there’s less forgiveness in our world,” he told AP. “I think we’re unfortunately in a coarser environment. I think our societies have become harder and less understanding, less tolerant, less forgiving.”
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Cranston asked where the line for real forgiveness is in our society right now.
“Where does forgiveness live in our society? Where can we accept someone’s behavior if they are contrite if they are apologetic and take responsibility?” he asked.
“Isn’t it possible that forgiveness plays a part in that and they are welcomed back in as opposed to creating more fences?” he asked.
“I think we need to take a second look at that, exhale, and realize that asking forgiveness and receiving forgiveness are not weaknesses,” he said, “but are human strengths.”
Forgiveness can sometimes be difficult for anyone, but the extent to which our society has completely rejected the idea of forgiveness has brought us into a state where everyone from individuals to entire corporations live in fear of doing something wrong.
It’s important to remember two things:
For one, cancel culture only works if the person being canceled caves to it. The same can be applied to businesses. The woke mob may threaten a boycott and bad press, but corporations that refuse to bow to the mob end up doing just fine, if not better.
Two corporations have refused to cave to cancel culture, Goya and RedBull, and both enjoyed good business afterward.
Secondly, our culture does need to put more emphasis on forgiveness. In the age of the internet, its easy to make forgiveness an afterthought due to the lack of person to person interaction in more intimate spaces, but regardless, humanity’s ability to forgive is just as important.
We’re still learning how to interact in a way on the internet that doesn’t have us devolving in a Lord of the Flies scenario, but it’s important that we do learn or else cancel culture will hurl society into something unrecognizable and terrifying.