Cancel Culture is booming and it's getting messy

It only takes one second to unfollow someone online, but the new trend of "Cancel Culture" is beginning to threaten intellectual diversity.

Marjan Justaert
Marjan Justaert De Standaard, Belgium
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Why this story matters:

"Cancel Culture" is a social -- and social media -- backlash against people who have said or done problematic things, either recently or in the past. But this kind of "activism" seems to be having unexpected repercussions.

Even in self-declared "open-minded" countries, it is easy to spot a growing lack of tolerance for anyone with a different opinion (basically any opinion other than one's own).

More and more, people just "cancel" other people out -- both celebrities and normal people -- because of disapproval or outrage.

Cancel Culture makes Twitter and Instagram devotees dangerous when it enables them to cut themselves off from any dissenting opinion. Of course, everyone can choose whom to follow, but cancelling can lead to less tolerance and smaller information bubbles.

What about John Lennon?

  • Kevin Hart, Roseanne Barr, Kanye West or YouTube-celebrity Logan Paul were all "victims" of cancel culture last year.
  • However, the online campaign against them only made them bigger: for example, Logan Paul has more followers than before.
  • And isn't it all a bit childish? Do this exercise: what would we do if John Lennon lived today and confessed that he had hit his first wife Cynthia?
  • Germaine Greer was not welcome at the University of Cardiff because of her controversial declarations about transgender. But she went and presented her arguments anyway. Is she the biggest enemy of transgender people? Or is it better is to focus on politicians, who are the ones with real to power to create change for (or against) transgender people?
  • An honest debate is better than cancelling someone on social media.

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