Call-out culture, the trend of blaming an individual for behavior that can resemble patterns of bigotry and oppression, has become an oppressive act of its own, infers Asam Ahmad in a 2015 Films for Action article. These instances of naming and shaming tend to happen in public or online, where the accused are labeled as synonymous with systems of oppression and are denigrated. Often the accusers use this apparent moral high ground to showcase their wit and purer political values by putting down their target. Ahmad suggests that more people engage an individual whose behavior may reflect oppressive trends in compassionate dialogue to make them understand their mistakes.
Calling out oppressive behavior is the only way for harassed individuals to stand up for themselves, argues Riley H. for Medium. This is a necessary act to make perpetrators understand why their behavior is inappropriate so that they may cease with it. Calling-out became the only solution after calm explanation didn’t change these behaviors. People that call others out do so after being left with few other options. Those that harass others need to be confronted about the inappropriate behavior; it's the only way to make them understand. Assertions that call-out culture is toxic and oppressive don’t comprehend the root of their necessity: the original transgression, implies Riley H.