Although there have been rumors of Jackson’s pedophilia for decades, the new HBO documentary offers chilling firsthand interviews about his misconduct. This article says cancelling Michael Jackson is tricky. He’s ubiquitous. And he’s dead so there’s no possibility of making things right. And he’s certainly not the only celebrity to have a disturbing secret life.
I struggle – as a Christian – with cancelling people. And I’m talking about Urban Dictionary cancelling here.
But for the longest time, I’ve cancelled famous preachers and theologians whom I know to be sexual predators- often because they’ve assaulted friends of mine. I’ve cancelled politicians who did terrible things even if – once upon a time – I voted for them. I avoid businesses run by people whose practices have hurt people.
Lots of people have cancelled the NFL, Chick Fil-A, Walmart, Kevin Spacey movies, and anything with the name Trump on it. But where do we draw the line?
Dissing people and dissing things are different, but is it righteous to be so judge-y? Or is it merely unforgiving? I don’t know.
My boycott of something or someone probably doesn’t have much impact but it’s something I might do for me and my own spiritual peace. Go ahead and listen to R Kelly, but I won’t be joining you on principle.
As we approach Lent, this is something to ponder. At what point do we release someone from the worst things they’ve ever done? I certainly don’t want to be judged for the worst things I’ve ever done but I suppose it’s possible that someone has cancelled me too.
I’d appreciate your wisdom on these things. It’s part of the spiritual walk we take together.
Distorted image of Michael Jackson’s album Thriller.