Coming Back From Cancellation

Mary Walters

In this article, I studied several examples of canceled celebrities to find trends in their writing. I wanted to understand how someone’s writing, particularly online, changes after people call for them to be cancelled.

Cancellation is the online shaming that happens when someone does or says something that is insensitive or inappropriate.

Online backlash following a scandal can be quick and vicious

I found that after being canceled, most celebrities’ writing did not change in the long-term. The ones that were affected recovered quickly. Others weren’t affected at all and continued posting like nothing had happened.

Celebrities like Taylor Swift have said that being cancelled is very damaging. But, in the cases I looked at, there was no permanent damage.

Why the impact of cancel culture is short-lived:

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