"Cancel culture is a modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles.” This can be in person, online or on social media, or even from their job, business, and organizations.
“The tactics of cancel culture are based on a totalitarian instinct. …It’s not about redemption, it’s about just constant punishment throughout your life… The entire social justice movement is essentially totalitarian and revisionist.” - Andrew Doyle on TRIGGERnometry
The rise of “cancel culture” in recent years has reached new heights, especially in the wake of the controversies, racial tensions, and pandemic we faced over the past year. From celebrities and public figures, to businesses large and small, the public backlash, often fueled by a politically progressive and divisive media, leaves no one safe from the threat of cancellation.
What does this mean for free speech and democracy?
“One of the things about the culture wars that has been really frustrating is that a lot of people think people in the culture wars want to weaponize free speech but in my view I think free speech has been more a victim of the culture wars than a weapon of it and so I think it has to be reclaimed. …Free speech is not a dirty word, it’s a fundamental bedrock of a free and open democratic society and we should be really confident in articulating that.” - Inaya Folarin Iman on TRIGGERnometry
Is “cancel culture” killing free speech?
Konstantin Kisin, co-host of the TRIGGERnometry podcast fellow comic Francis Foster, believes it is. He recently spoke out against “progressive ‘woke' or ‘cancel' culture in an interview with Express.co.uk.
“This whole ideology is fundamentally about power."
Kisin went on to cite the punitive, authoritarian nature of the woke, cancel culture movement, saying: “They don’t want to criticise what you do or what you say or engage in debate. They want to punish you and they will do that to achieve their political goals.”
Together Kisin and Foster use their podcast show to fight back against the destruction of free speech and legitimate debate, which are cornerstones to a free and critically thinking society. They also tackle other important topics like economics, drug policy, AI, politics, and more “with the help of presidential advisors, renowned economists, award-winning journalists, controversial writers, leading scientists and notorious comedians.”
“We’re making something we fundamentally believe is very important.” Clearly their viewpoint is shared, as they now average more than 3 million monthly views - and counting.
Will Young People Rebel Against Wokeness? With Inaya Folarin Iman
Ben Bradley MP: What is the Conservative Answer to the Culture War?
“Our Report Found No Evidence of Widespread Institutional Racism” - Mercy Muroki
Jordan Peterson on “Toxic Femininity”
Harry Markle: Prisoner of Wokeness
Fighting Back Against Cancel Culture with Helen Pluckrose
“Safety Culture is Hurting Us” - Seerut Chawla
How I left the Social Justice Cult - Keri Smith
“So What if You’re Offended? Nothing Happens” - Comedian Steven Hughes
Starkey, Racism and Cancel Culture with Katharine Birbalsingh
“How I Got Cancelled” - Andrew Lawrence
Larry Elder - “Police Systemic Racism is a Dangerous Lie”
Cancelled for Defending Colonialism - Bruce Gilley
Simon Evans on Woke Bias at the BBC
Cancelled for Criticising BLM - Nick Buckley MBE
Dave Rubin: Don’t Ban this Interview
“White Privilege is a Divisive Idea” - Funke Abimbola
Why Social Justice is Dangerous - James Lindsay
Teacher Cancelled by Eton for Controversial Lecture Speaks Out
Where Did the Mainstream Media Go Wrong? - David Fuller of Rebel Wisdom