Cancel culture

Cancel culture or call-out culture is a modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles – whether it be online, on social media, or in person. Those subject to this ostracism are said to have been "cancelled".[1][lower-alpha 1][4] The expression "cancel culture" has mostly negative connotations and is used in debates on free speech and censorship.[5][6]

The notion of cancel culture is a variant on the term call-out culture and constitutes a form of boycotting or shunning involving an individual (often a celebrity) who is deemed to have acted or spoken in an unacceptable manner.[2][7][8][9][10]

Some critics argue that cancel culture has a chilling effect on public discourse.[11] Others argue that calls for "cancellation" are themselves a form of free speech and that they promote accountability.[12][13][14] Some public figures claim to have been "cancelled" while continuing their careers as before.[15][16]


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