e154. Can We Cancel Cancel Culture Culture? (or can’t we?)

Episode artwork for Cancel Culture featuring no sign over cancelled celebrities

Every day another celebrity “is cancelled” for any number of problematic reasons. Typically, the celebrity responds by claiming they’ve done nothing wrong and blaming “cancel culture” gone wild. Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen not only politicians and actors supposedly cancelled as as well as children’s toys and books. Looking at the news, or worse, social media, it seems that it’s all anyone can talk about. Some say problematic people and things NEED “cancelling.” Others argue that no one ever really is. For many, there’s a sort of meta argument about whether or not “cancel culture” is even a thing. However you feel about it, one thing is for sure: “cancel culture” as a concept is one of the biggest aspects of popular culture today. We talk more about the concept than we do about the reasons we “cancel” things in the first place. We are a cancel culture culture.

On today’s show, Mav, Wayne, Katya and Hannah get together to discuss the concept of cancel culture as a cultural force. What does it even mean? What are the cultural ramifications both good and bad? What happens when we obsess over the metaconversation rather than the actual issues behind the conversation? Can we get rid of this or is it here to stay? ALSO… we talk about weird donuts with drugs in them. It’s totally a thing! Listen to the episode and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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