For the past few months, talk about cancel culture has been popping up regularly. In a recent interview, Dakota Johnson weighs in on the subject, saying there’s “definitely a major overcorrection happening.”
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about acting, her backstory, and many other subjects, cancel culture eventually reared its head. Citing allegations against former co-stars like Johnny Depp, Shia LaBeouf, and Armie Hammer, Johnson isn’t happy about it, stating, “I had an incredible time working with them; I feel sad for the loss of great artists.” She continues, “I feel sad for people needing help and perhaps not getting it in time. I feel sad for anyone who was harmed or hurt.”
Additionally, she believes people can change, even if they have wronged. On that note, she claims there’s “definitely a major overcorrection happening.” Nonetheless, she said there’s a good middle-ground for cancel culture. “But I do believe that there’s a way for the pendulum to find the middle. The way that studios have been run up until now, and still now, is behind.”
Johnson refers to who is in movies and how they are made. While cancel culture is an extreme, there is definitely room for the industry to grow and change. “It is such an antiquated mindset of what movies should be made, who should be in them, how much people should get paid, what equality and diversity look like. Sometimes the old school needs to be moved out for the new school to come in.”
Overall, she calls it a “downer,” and says she hates it.
Madonna Similarly Slams Cancel Culture
Jeremy O. Harris of V Magazine talked to Madonna recently and a big subject they covered was cancel culture. Madonna’s take was similar to Johnson’s, but she also touched up on how it stops conversation. “It’s interesting because peace is subjective,” she told Harris. “The way people think about the pandemic, for instance, that the vaccination is the only answer or the polarization of thinking you’re either on this side or the other. There’s no debate, there’s no discussion.”
In fact, Madonna’s biggest problem with cancel culture seems to be not talking about it. “That’s something I want to disturb,” she elaborated. “I want to disturb the fact that we’re not encouraged to discuss it. I believe that our job [as artists] is to disturb the status quo. The censoring that’s going on in the world right now, that’s pretty frightening. No one’s allowed to speak their mind right now. No one’s allowed to say what they really think about things for fear of being canceled, cancel culture.”