The problematic culture of Calling Out

I recently tweeted that this ‘calling out culture is problematic’ (with a Kermit tea GIF for good measure.) In keeping with the calling out culture, I thought I would elaborate on this opinion on my blog, as per my right. Right?

From what I can gather calling out is no way shape or form bullying, being aggressive or, in fact even remotely wrong. If you have an opinion and someone else disagrees, they have a right to call you out on it. Calling out on social media means quoting the bad and wrong opinion you’ve spotted and making sure everyone can see it so it causes a big furore on twitter and gets everyone arguing and about arguing for a few days thereafter (naturally the length of time is dependant on the amount followers the caller outer has).

When calling someone out is is imperative to always emphasise the fact even though everyone has a right to an opinion and free speech…they still need calling out, because they are wrong and you are so right. This is the bit that I find ambiguous, if you’re wanting to call someone out, how do you know you’re in the right, how do you know that your opinion is more valid and correct and the right one to have? Is it dependant on the amount of followers that agree with you? Because what if the person you are calling out has lots of followers that agree with them? Whose followers are the right followers? It’s all very confusing.

However, if you call the person who you’re calling out’s opinions ignorant, problematic, or uneducated, I think that makes their opinions definitely wrong and you can then continue to call them out. Don’t be fooled into thinking calling someone out involves one quick tweet stating that you disagree, oh no, it’s a long and laborious process that takes a lot of toing and froing and joining in on various twitter threads so make sure you have enough data or, access to wifi.

Sometimes, when you’ve called someone out you can have what I like to call the counter call out happen to you. This is when those who are unaware of the calling out process and rules say you’re bullying, shaming, going too far or being a bit of a knob.

You would think that as per the calling out process, you’d let this go and continue with your calling out because you're tackling the original problematic and ignorant opinion...are you keeping up? Instead, what you actually have to do is block the person that disagrees with you because although everyone is entitled their opinion and calling someone out is not aggressive and only opening a gateway for a conversation…if someone counter calls you out for your calling out, you shouldn’t engage in a conversation (unless it's verbally abusing them)  because apparently, calling out isn’t a problem if your opinion is the right one and you can’t be criticised for this.

Now, I find calling out problematic because I’m not sure how to determine whether my opinion or anyone else’s is actually the right one and what makes my opinion superior enough to call someone out. So, until then you won’t see me calling anyone out I’ll just be sharing posts on my blog, pictures of Charles on twitter, and sharing a questionable amount of GIFS.

If anyone has any advice on determining the correctness of an opinion, I would be more than willing to discuss this and learn, so, I don’t really need calling out for this…or do I?



  1. It's hard to determine who is right and who is wrong. Everyone has an opinion and a different point of view... So I think most of the time it's best to agree to disagree x

  2. I think people forget there are ways to disagree with someone without coming off like a massive douchecanoe. Personally if I really disagreed with some or found something they said offensive, I'd sent a private message to ask why they said what they did. x

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