Bryan Cranston said it’s time to cancel cancel culture. The Breaking Bad star believes the practice of ostracizing someone for a mistake rather than allowing them to apologize and be forgiven only deepens society’s divides.
Cranston asked the Associated Press “Where does forgiveness live in our society?”
“You know 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,” Cranston said. “I think we’re unfortunately in a coarser environment. I think our societies have become harder and less understanding, less tolerant, less forgiving. My question today was: 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?”
Cranston said it would be better to allow the person to apologize, learn from their mistakes, and grow. Because shutting them out will only harden their views and show others that seeking forgiveness is pointless.
“I think we need to take a second look at that, exhale, and realize that asking forgiveness and receiving forgiveness are not weaknesses, but are human strengths,” Cranston said.
Bryan Cranston Has His Own Run-in with Cancel Culture
Bryan Cranston had his own moment of being canceled. People dragged him for playing a quadriplegic man in the 2019 movie The Upside. Critics said the role should have gone to a person with disabilities.
He said at the time that Hollywood should expand its talent pool. But, he added, that it would be too limiting to require actors to only play a part within their own experience.
Yellowstone‘s Cole Hauser recently said called out the practice. He said he believed people should get a chance to redeem themselves.
“I’m a big firm believer in second chances. I’ve had them in my own life,” he said. “A lot of my friends that are really talented people, you know, it doesn’t matter just in the acting game, but in business period, in general, in life, everybody deserves a second chance, sometimes a third. You know what I mean?”