Sean “Diddy” Combs recently hosted, and executive produced this year’s Billboard Music Awards, vowing to “un-cancel the canceled” in an era steeped in the latter.

He recently told Billboard, “The mood of the show is about love and forgiveness. As a musical family, none of us are saints; none of us are without things that happen to them in life. So one of the things I’m doing directly is un-canceling the canceled. That’s breaking news because people haven’t been about un-canceling. But canceling is a trend that needs to stop.”

At least two of the artists who performed at this year’s Billboard Music Awards show, which aired Sunday, have drawn scorn from the public. Country singer Morgan Wallen was caught on video using the N-word while visibly intoxicated and stumbling back into his residence.

Rapper Travis Scott has been entangled in controversy since his Astroworld festival in November of last year, where 10 people were killed when the crowd stampeded toward the stage.

One woman who attended the event  is suing Scott, claiming her unborn child died due to her being “trampled and crushed, resulting in horrific injuries, and ultimately the death of her and [her husband] Jarawd’s unborn child.” Some accused the show of being “satanic.”

Combs said neither Wallen nor Scott should be canceled over their errors, calling the horror linked to Scott’s festival performance last fall “a tragedy.”

“People make mistakes,” said Combs. “Now we’re moving on with love and respect for everybody hurt or affected. It’s time to forgive. To have Morgan and Travis be able to come back and touch the stage again with the mindset of getting a second chance at life. Everybody in the room is getting a second chance at life, you know because we’re back inside with no masks on. We need love, and I’m excited about celebrating that.” According to an Instagram post by Combs, he “demanded” NBC allow Scott to perform.



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“For the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday, I made a request,” the rapper and producer said in a video. “I made a demand. I said, ‘My brother Travis Scott has to perform. I’m executive producing; he has to perform,’ and NBC said, ‘Yes.’ It’s going down Sunday. Travis Scott will be performing. … Now that’s love.”

Sunday will mark both Scott’s and Wallen’s first awards-show performances since they were embroiled in their respective controversies. Legally, it should be noted that there is a long road ahead for Scott. Cancel culture is something that shames people for making mistakes. John 8:7 says, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” No one on this Earth is perfect, and there will be times when everyone falls short. However, instead of shaming people for their mistakes, we should hold them accountable and educate them.

Shaming them for their mistakes won’t make it any better, and they won’t learn anything. However, if we choose to educate them, they can see the error of their ways and make better choices next time.

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