cancel culture


Definition of cancel culture

: the practice or tendency of engaging in mass canceling (see cancel entry 1 sense 1e) as a way of expressing disapproval and exerting social pressure For those of you who aren't aware, cancel culture refers to the mass withdrawal of support from public figures or celebrities who have done things that aren't socially accepted today. This practice of "canceling" or mass shaming often occurs on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.— Demetria Slyt At a Republican National Convention where speakers' rage about cancel culture has been clear, former Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann used his speaking slot to introduce himself as "the teenager who was defamed by the media."— Hunter Woodall The relative difficulty of doing something good and the prolonged waiting period to receive credit for it is why cancel culture has flourished. It offers quicker social rewards.— Rob Henderson Cancel culture is supported as a tool to stop offensive and harmful behavior, while others find it problematic and toxic.— Elise Krumholz cancel culture warriors the cancel culture movement also : the people who engage in or support this practice I have to admit that I'm not opposed to the majority of legacies, groups of people, and trends being scrutinized by the cancel culture. In fact, the response to many of the ideologies and personalities that have been "cancelled" is, in most cases, long, long overdue. But I have a few concerns … — Brad Peters

First Known Use of cancel culture

2016, in the meaning defined above

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“Cancel culture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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