Cancel Culture: Explained

Cancel culture is the phenomenon of promoting the “canceling” of people, brands and even shows and movies due to what some consider to be offensive or problematic remarks or ideologies. Declaring someone as “cancelled” is not something new, but the phrase is rapidly gaining popularity and attracting a lot of criticism.

Over the last few years, the cultural trend has gained momentum and has placed prominent celebrities, companies and media under a major scrutiny for their political correctness.

Dr. Suess was recently “cancelled” due to the racist nature of some of his works, you can read more about the six books that were taken off the shelves here. Eminem, Disney, and many other pop culture icons have become “cancelled.”

It is not just children’s books and musicians being put under the microscope—no one is safe. Many cancel culture attacks have been directed toward politicians, more specifically Republican politicians.

According to NPR, Republicans have for a long time used the phrase “cancel culture” to criticize the left. But lately, they have seized on it particularly aggressively. As Q-anon conspiracy theories grow, more sexual harassment cases get unearthed, and the more bribery and treason become common political tactics, the worse of a problem Republicans see “cancel culture” as being.

Cancel culture comes from the idea of boycotting certain companies or individuals for breaking social, or legal, laws and rules.

The idea of a “cancel culture” is inherently controversial. What one person might see as being canceled for controversial statements, another might see as being held accountable for offensive or harmful views.

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