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- (neologism, often derogatory) The cultural phenomenon of publicly shaming, rejecting, and ceasing to provide support to people, companies, stores, etc. that are deemed unacceptable, and calling on others to boycott them.
- 2018 October 5, Jason Parham, “The Devolution of Kanye West and the Case for Cancel Culture”, in Wired:
- With roots in Black Twitter, cancel culture is an unavoidable mainstay of our infotainment age. In an era of too much everything—TV, opinions, news—we’ve come to rely on a vocabulary of consolidation: likes, tweets, emoji. Cancel culture is one of these argots—a governor, a self-regulatory device I have come to wield with pride (if infrequent recklessness). In the collective, the gesture is absolute: we can’t. We’re done. And so we asphyxiate support from a notable cause or figure. Roseanne Barr referred to Valerie Jarrett as an ape? Cancelled. Harvey Weinstein was outed as a sexual predator? Cancelled.
- 2019, Tayo Rockson, Use Your Difference to Make a Difference:
- In the past, we dismissed people and institutionalized doing so as law and unwritten laws. Today, I fear that we are making dismissing people the cool thing to do with “cancel culture.”
- 2019 September 3, David French, “Here’s One Way to Stop Cancel Culture — Stop Canceling”, in National Review:
- An unfair journalistic hit has now cost a capable attorney his job. It’s absurd. Cancel culture has reared its ugly head ... again.
- 2020 February 6, Mattia Ferraresi, “Cancel Culture Comes to France”, in Wall Street Journal:
- " […] Many students have adopted the posture of cancel culture, preventing people they don’t agree with from speaking,” Mr. Finkielkraut told me last month.
- 2020 July 3, Donald Trump speech at Mount Rushmore transcribed by C-SPAN:
- One of their political weapons is cancel culture, driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees.
- 2020 December 17, Don Stacom, “Condemning ‘cancel culture,’ New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart vetoes council vote to remove city’s Columbus statue”, in Hartford Courant:
- In a statement condemning “cancel culture,” Stewart warned taking down the monument would set a bad precedent.
- Synonym: consequence culture
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