Indeed. We like to polarize rather than recognize the continuum. It’s hypocritical for us to shun people for their mistakes in the past without recognizing where we ourselves had made mistakes. The more important thing is that we learn and grow from our mistakes. If someone acted in ignorance — not knowing that their behavior might have offended others — then it’s important for us to have open dialogue about it without fear. Otherwise, we’ll continue to put sentiments into a pressure cooker rather than let them breathe.
I think for Jenna Marbles to speak out about this shows her keen sensibility. I think she sets a good example for other content creators to be a little more sensible — and responsible — in what they post in the future.