Recently both celebrities and ordinary people have found themselves being “canceled” – a new term that loosely means being subjected to public humiliation via the internet, with secondary consequences that might include losing a job, being canceled to speak at an event, or having social media accounts closed.
I was very proud to sign this letter in defence of a foundational principle of a liberal society: open debate and freedom of thought and speech.https://t.co/noh8VRHMyN— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 7, 2020
How can bad behavior be stopped?
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Cancel culture: Mutual enforcement
All too often, "cancel culture" becomes a means for very rich and very powerful people to pretend they are victims when people respond to very controversial things they have used their huge public platform to say.— Owen Jones 🌹 (@OwenJones84) July 9, 2020
Attorney Gloria Allred speaks to the media after the sentencing of film producer Harvey Weinstein for sexual assault following his trial after the MeToo movement, New York, US, March 11, 2020. (Reuters)