The pervasive societal tendency, especially following the Me Too movement, to "cancel" (permanently reject, spurn, disregard, or dismiss) a celebrity or other public figure who has committed or been accused of criminal, offensive, or otherwise troublesome actions, especially sexual misconduct or bigoted statements. The term is often used to be critical of such a tendency. In our current cancel culture, some celebrities are being destroyed for relatively benign mistakes that they would have previously been able to apologize for and learn from. I think we can all appreciate how cancel culture has successfully taken power away from prominent people who are, in fact, criminals.
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