Jul 28, 2020
Cancel culture is difficult to
define and widely viewed in a negative light. It could be defined
as a modern form of protest or boycott and therefore it has an
important role to play in fighting for justice. In this episode we
will define cancel culture, discuss when cancellation is called
for, and provide suggestions on what to do if you get
- Defining Cancel Culture:
- Cancelling could mean: getting called out,
getting called out publicly, losing social media followers, getting fired,
getting boycotted, physical threats, having your statue torn down,
is cancellation called for? Where to draw the
Americans have a negative view of cancel culture, but some say it
is a way to hold people accountable.
- Social media has provided a platform to many
people who have been denied a platform in the past. New
voices are being heard, especially from people who have been
- “Everyone thinks there are lines. The
question is where are those lines and who gets to draw them.” -
if I get canceled?
- Examine your words/behaviors that are being
called out and ask yourself two simple questions: First, were you
right or were you wrong? And second, if you were right, is this
worth sacrificing for?
“What It Means to Get
Lizza, Ryan. “Americans tune in to
‘cancel culture’ -- and don’t like what they see.”
Politico, July 22, 2020.
Rowling, J.K., Margaret Atwood, Noam Chomsky,
David Brooks, Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie, Gloria Steinem,
Fareed Zakaria, et al. “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate.”
Harper’s Magazine. July 7, 2020.
Butler, Danielle. “The Misplaced
Hysteria About a ‘Cancel Culture’ that Doesn’t Actually Exist.
The Root. Oct. 23, 2018.
Owens, Ernest. “Obama’s Very Boomer
View of ‘Cancel Culture’”. The New York Times. Nov. 1,
Binkowski, Brooke, et al. “A More Specific Letter on Justice and
Open Debate.” The Objective, July 7, 2020.
Chiu, Allyson. “Wall Street Journal
staffers asked the editorial board for more accuracy. The board
bemoaned ‘cancel culture.’” Washington Post. July 24,
Hagi, Sarah. “Cancel Culture Is Not Real -- At Least Not in the Way
People Think.” Time. Nov. 21, 2019.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Instagram
“I think the conversations
around cancel culture are missing the point. Powerful people have
been ‘cancelling’ for centuries, they just used terms like
‘colonising’ or ‘civilising.’ The ‘cancel culture’ of today is
nowhere near as dangerous as ‘cancellation’ has been for millions
around the world. What we are seeing now is individuals being
forced to be accountable for their actions, called out by folks who
traditionally haven’t had much structural power. The reality is
that those ‘called out’ individuals may experience discomfort, but
materially their lives will remain intact- they will still be able
to work and earn money, sell the product,etc."
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