Cancel Culture is a new trend that facilitates online shaming of those who cause offense. Recently 150 writers, activists, and scholastics including big names like JK Rowling, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Noam Chomsky, and Malcolm Gladwell have signed an open letter upbraid cancel culture which was published in Harper’s Magazine on Tuesday.
As Koimoi has already told you, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton and Netflix’s polish film 365 Days recently came under the radar of cancel culture. There are people finally speaking out loud to decry such a toxic culture.
Harry Potter creator JK Rowling became the part of this movement to denounce Cancel Culture after she found herself attacked online for offensive comments for transgender people.
The open letter signed by JK Rowling and others reads, “Editors are fired for running controversial pieces; books are withdrawn for alleged inauthenticity; journalists are barred from writing on certain topics; professors are investigated for quoting works of literature in class; a researcher is fired for circulating a peer-reviewed academic study; and the heads of organizations are ousted for what are sometimes just clumsy mistakes.”
The letter also leashes out on the fact that Cancel culture has instilled fear through media and arts.
“We are already paying the price in greater risk aversion among writers, artists, and journalists who fear for their livelihoods if they depart from the consensus, or even lack sufficient zeal in agreement, We need to preserve the possibility of good-faith disagreement without dire professional consequences.”
While some are praising this movement, many journalists are declaring the letter whiny or self-pitying. What are your thoughts on it?