'There's Mistrust Everywhere': Goldie Hawn Speaks Out Against Cancel Culture
Actress Goldie Hawn revealed she is not a fan of “cancel culture.”
In an interview with Variety, Hawn, 77, spoke about the negative affects this phenomenon has had on others who fall victim to it.
“I think that it’s important to stand vigilant on people’s behavior and really understand when they’re out of line and be able to handle it,” she said. “But I’m concerned about these areas: Suddenly you don’t have a job. Suddenly you can’t date a woman within the business or you’re going to get fired.”
Continuing, she said, “They’re canceling books — classic books that no one can read. I don’t like that. There’s mistrust everywhere.”
Hawn noted there are also “culture wars” along with “cancel culture.”
“Schools are being politicized. But for the greater good of our children? No one’s really looking at that,” she added.
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According to Merriam-Webster, cancel culture is “the practice or tendency of engaging in mass canceling as a way of expressing disapproval and exerting social pressure.”
“There’s a disruption now. Disruptions are good. But imbalance isn’t,” Hawn told Variety.
She said she hopes “to get back to some level of sensibility and fairness.” She also said the word “cancel culture” scares her “more than anything.”
“It’s rigid, concretized thinking, which is not good. It’s got double edges on it. And who has the right to cancel?” she said.
Hawn also spoke about how comedians have taken a hit due to being canceled for what they say.
“The level of sensitivity is so high that comedians are afraid to tell certain jokes the way they used to. And it’s a bit of a quandary for comedians; there are things you can’t say and so on and so forth,” she said.
Although “there are certain areas” that she agrees with. Hawn said that “the level of sensitivity is unforgiving.”
“That’s not a good feeling when you’re in a creative mode,” she added.
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