Narelda Jacobs: ‘Cancel culture doesn’t exist; there is always redemption’

Indigenous Studio 10 host Narelda Jacobs says cancel culture doesn’t exist and there is always redemption for those who ‘harm marginalised people’

Narelda Jacobs has weighed in on cancel culture, saying it is extremely rare for anyone to be cancelled for their views on ‘marginalised’ groups because there is ‘always’ an opportunity for them to apologise and move on.

The Indigenous TV presenter, 46, shared her thoughts on the topic on Wednesday after speaking to nonbinary activist and poet Alok Vaid-Menon on Studio 10.

‘No one is ever actually cancelled for causing harm to marginalised people. There is always a chance to learn and change,’ she wrote on Instagram. 

Narelda Jacobs (pictured) says it is rare for anyone to be 'cancelled' for their controversial views because there is 'always' an opportunity for them to apologise and move on

Narelda Jacobs (pictured) says it is rare for anyone to be ‘cancelled’ for their controversial views because there is ‘always’ an opportunity for them to apologise and move on 

Vaid-Menon, 31, an Indian-American queer transfeminine performer who uses they/them pronouns, is currently in Australia for their speaking tour and The Festival of Dangerous Ideas, where they spoke at a presentation chaired by Jacobs. 

During their Studio 10 interview, they explained how ‘most comedians have become ambassadors for the status quo’ when they should be ‘championing change’. 

‘The truth is, a lot of people in comedy are talking about cancel culture, but the ultimate form of being cancelled is being killed, and that’s what marginalised people are having to deal with,’ Vaid-Menon said.

The Indigenous TV presenter, 46, shared her thoughts on the topic on Wednesday after speaking to nonbinary activist and poet Alok Vaid-Menon (pictured) on Studio 10

The Indigenous TV presenter, 46, shared her thoughts on the topic on Wednesday after speaking to nonbinary activist and poet Alok Vaid-Menon (pictured) on Studio 10 

They continued: ‘A lot of comics are talking about punching up or punching down. I was punched on a tram in Melbourne. It wasn’t a metaphor for me.

‘And so we have to be very careful because comedy at its core was actually about championing change and now most comedians have become ambassadors for the status quo.’

Vaid-Menon is holding a series of live shows across Australia, and will visit Perth on Wednesday before heading to Melbourne on Thursday.

'No one is ever actually cancelled for causing harm to marginalised people. There is always a chance to learn and change,' Jacobs (left) wrote on Instagram

‘No one is ever actually cancelled for causing harm to marginalised people. There is always a chance to learn and change,’ Jacobs (left) wrote on Instagram 

Their work explores themes of trauma, belonging and the human condition. 

It comes after Narelda sparked a heated debate on social media after she called for the monarchy to apologise for its colonisation of First Nations people following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Her request was met with support from some progressive Australians but also backlash from Britons who feel they do not owe First Nations people an apology for the actions of their ancestors more than 200 years ago.

Vaid-Menon, 31, an Indian-American queer transfeminine performer who uses they/them pronouns, is currently in Australia for their speaking tour and The Festival of Dangerous Ideas, where they spoke at a presentation chaired by Jacobs (pictured)

Vaid-Menon, 31, an Indian-American queer transfeminine performer who uses they/them pronouns, is currently in Australia for their speaking tour and The Festival of Dangerous Ideas, where they spoke at a presentation chaired by Jacobs (pictured) 

Others pointed out that Narelda is of Irish and English descent on her mother’s side, making her ‘as much British as she is Indigenous’.

Narelda’s late father Cedric was an Indigenous man and a member of the Stolen Generations, while her mother Margaret, who is white, migrated to Australia from Northern Ireland with her family.

However, plenty of Australians congratulated Narelda for sharing her perspective.

During their Studio 10 interview, Vaid-Menon explained how 'most comedians have become ambassadors for the status quo' when they should be 'championing change'

During their Studio 10 interview, Vaid-Menon explained how ‘most comedians have become ambassadors for the status quo’ when they should be ‘championing change’ 

Vaid-Menon is holding a series of live shows across Australia, and will visit Perth on Wednesday before heading to Melbourne on Thursday

Vaid-Menon is holding a series of live shows across Australia, and will visit Perth on Wednesday before heading to Melbourne on Thursday 

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