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Celebrities' hottest takes on cancel culture

StarsInsider Logo By Stars Insider of StarsInsider | Slide 1 of 40: Helena Bonham Carter is not afraid to show her contempt for cancel culture. In an interview with The Times published November 26, the actress criticized the idea that one's personal and professional life are linked. “Do you ban a genius for their sexual practices? There would be millions of people who if you looked closely enough at their personal life you would disqualify them," she said. "You can’t ban people. I hate cancel culture. It has become quite hysterical and there’s a kind of witch hunt and a lack of understanding."Speaking about Johnny Depp, the godfather to her two children with Tim Burton, Bonham Carter said the actor is “completely vindicated” after winning his high-profile trial involving ex-wife Amber Heard. When asked if the trial's results were a sign of the #MeToo pendulum swinging back, Bonham Carter replied, “My view is that she got on that pendulum. That’s the problem with these things—that people will jump on the bandwagon because it’s the trend and to be the poster girl for it.”The actress also blasted critics who have called out J.K. Rowling's comments as transphobic. “It’s horrendous, a load of b*llocks. I think she has been hounded. It’s been taken to the extreme, the judgmentalism of people. She’s allowed her opinion, particularly if she’s suffered abuse. Everybody carries their own history of trauma and forms their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people come from and their pain. You don’t all have to agree on everything—that would be insane and boring. She’s not meaning it aggressively, she’s just saying something out of her own experience.” She added that her younger 'Harry Potter' co-stars who have spoken out about Rowling's remarks are just "protecting their own fan base and their generation.”Cancel culture is a hotly debated topic, drawing criticism from many about its bully-like treatment while also having its roots in fundamental social change. The phenomenon arose as a response to an obvious need for reform, and it became a way for the common people to have some say in what kind of actions are and aren’t acceptable from public figures, functioning similarly to a boycott but taking place largely online and often with the goal of reducing opportunities and exposing bad behavior of the offender.But on the flip side, many also find it to be too extreme a measure, ruling out any opportunity for growth and overlooking the virtue of forgiveness. Then again, one could argue that the presence of cancel culture is what is spurring on so much social change, from the Black Lives Matter movement to #MeToo. But many ask: at what cost? And are the consequences not enough, or too much?Obviously, it’s an issue with valid arguments on both sides, but what’s undeniable is that it is rapidly changing the world of celebrity, putting people’s careers at risk, and equally opening up a formerly untrodden land of dialogue between fans and stars. Naturally, celebrities have a thing or two to say about it.Click through to get the hottest takes on cancel culture from the stars.You may also like: 10 countries with exceptionally beautiful women

Celebrities' hottest takes on cancel culture

Helena Bonham Carter is not afraid to show her contempt for cancel culture. In an interview with The Times published November 26, the actress criticized the idea that one's personal and professional life are linked. “Do you ban a genius for their sexual practices? There would be millions of people who if you looked closely enough at their personal life you would disqualify them," she said. "You can’t ban people. I hate cancel culture. It has become quite hysterical and there’s a kind of witch hunt and a lack of understanding."

Speaking about Johnny Depp, the godfather to her two children with Tim Burton, Bonham Carter said the actor is “completely vindicated” after winning his high-profile trial involving ex-wife Amber Heard. When asked if the trial's results were a sign of the #MeToo pendulum swinging back, Bonham Carter replied, “My view is that she got on that pendulum. That’s the problem with these things—that people will jump on the bandwagon because it’s the trend and to be the poster girl for it.”

The actress also blasted critics who have called out J.K. Rowling's comments as transphobic. “It’s horrendous, a load of b*llocks. I think she has been hounded. It’s been taken to the extreme, the judgmentalism of people. She’s allowed her opinion, particularly if she’s suffered abuse. Everybody carries their own history of trauma and forms their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people come from and their pain. You don’t all have to agree on everything—that would be insane and boring. She’s not meaning it aggressively, she’s just saying something out of her own experience.” She added that her younger 'Harry Potter' co-stars who have spoken out about Rowling's remarks are just "protecting their own fan base and their generation.”

Cancel culture is a hotly debated topic, drawing criticism from many about its bully-like treatment while also having its roots in fundamental social change. The phenomenon arose as a response to an obvious need for reform, and it became a way for the common people to have some say in what kind of actions are and aren’t acceptable from public figures, functioning similarly to a boycott but taking place largely online and often with the goal of reducing opportunities and exposing bad behavior of the offender.

But on the flip side, many also find it to be too extreme a measure, ruling out any opportunity for growth and overlooking the virtue of forgiveness. Then again, one could argue that the presence of cancel culture is what is spurring on so much social change, from the Black Lives Matter movement to #MeToo. But many ask: at what cost? And are the consequences not enough, or too much?

Obviously, it’s an issue with valid arguments on both sides, but what’s undeniable is that it is rapidly changing the world of celebrity, putting people’s careers at risk, and equally opening up a formerly untrodden land of dialogue between fans and stars. Naturally, celebrities have a thing or two to say about it.

Click through to get the hottest takes on cancel culture from the stars.

You may also like: 10 countries with exceptionally beautiful women

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