Cancel culture—a double-edged sword

Though cancel culture serves justice in some situations, it is not always the case.

The Twitterati cancelled renowned author J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter fame for her transphobic comments.

This incident led to outrage and polarisation.

It also opened up an avenue for more dialogue and discussion about trans and LGBTQI rights in general.

However, diehard fans came out to support her, and when she published a new series, she got phenomenal responses and sales.

Rowling’s was a classic case of cancel culture backfiring and helping further what it sought to avenge.

Alternately, this cultural phenomenon has negatively impacted the careers of some famous personalities.

For instance, the cancellation of comedians Aziz Ansari and Louis CK (because of sexual misconduct and sexual assault) impacted their careers.

However, both have since managed to salvage it, with offers of Netflix specials and comeback tours.

So, we can see that cancel culture eventually fizzles and sometimes ends up favouring the aggressors.