Lindsay Ellis is getting ‘cancelled’ on Twitter after she shared her thoughts on ‘Raya’ and ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ in a March 26 tweet. Here’s a look at the drama that unfolded.
Twitter has been filled with mixed reactions following her tweet. This has also led Lindsay to delete her Twitter account. However, there are a few others who have defended the YouTuber. Lindsay has not responded to the ‘cancellation’ so far.
Why is Lindsay Ellis ‘cancelled’?
On March 26, Lindsay became the center of attention after she tweeted her thoughts on ‘Raya’ and ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender.’ In a now-deleted tweet, she wrote: “Also watched Raya and the Last Dragon and I think we need to come up with a name for this genre that is basically Avatar: the Last Airbender reduxes. It’s like half of all YA fantasy published in the last few years anyway.”
Her tweet received backlash and in a bid to justify her statement, Lindsay made another tweet. She wrote: “I can see where if you squint I was implying all Asian-inspired properties are the same, especially if you were already privy to those conversations where I had not seen them. But the basic framework of TLA is becoming popular in fantasy fiction outside of Asian inspired stuff.”
Unfortunately, people were not pleased with her statement, and the backlash continued. Several Twitter users jumped on the bandwagon of cancel culture and called Lindsay out for her words.
Twitter reacts to Lindsay Ellis’ statement
Social media has been filled with mixed reactions. People have been expressing their thoughts on Lindsay’s statements, and some have been trying to ‘cancel’ her.
One user wrote: “Glad Lindsay Ellis was finally cancelled, was a long time coming.” Another added, “Lindsay Ellis getting cancelled is good, actually. I will die on this f**king hill.”
However, there were many others who thought that the YouTuber did not deserve to be ‘cancelled.’ One user wrote: “Raya and the last airbender are really similar. Can’t believe people cancelled Lindsay Ellis over just saying how it is.”
Another added, “The more I learn about Lindsay Ellis “getting cancelled” the less faith I have for gen z. like at all. ever. bye.” “Lindsay Ellis getting cancelled for not “listening” to people who insist on interpreting her comments in the most negative way possible is just making me tired tbh. Like you can tell a lot of these people were just waiting for ab excuse to go after her. Some don’t even hide it,” read another tweet.
Lindsay Ellis responds to getting ‘cancelled’
On April 15, Lindsay released a video titled “Mask off” on her YouTube channel in which she addressed her ‘cancellation.’ In the video, which was over one hour and forty minutes long, Lindsay highlighted how the word ‘cancelled’ originated, and how Twitter users had given rise to the ideology of “Twitter villain of the day.”
As the video continued, Lindsay shared her thoughts on getting ‘cancelled’ on Twitter. The YouTuber admitted she made one of the tweets in frustration because she was “being ascribed in an intentionality which wasn’t there.”
She continued: “You shouldn’t tweet in the morning. You shouldn’t tweet at all. Nobody should tweet. That very poorly worded frustration was met with even more outrage.” In the video, Lindsay also spoke about her “list of sins” and continued to talk about her thoughts on the same.
Following her video, several people have applauded the YouTuber’s way of dealing with the ‘cancel’ culture. You can watch her entire video here.