Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
3 minute read
29 Oct 2021
6:30 am

Thumbs up to cancel culture

Asanda Matlhare

Cancel culture is a modern way of ostracism, especially among public figures and celebrities, as a way of calling them to order.

In this file photo taken on 17 September 2019, singer R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on 17 September 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Picture: Antonio Perez/Getty Images North Amercia/AFP

Over the past years, a number of celebrities, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and many others, have given the term “cancel culture” prominence, with the latest being singer Robert Kelly, known as R Kelly. This was also followed by the #MuteRKelly campaign, which saw the Ignition’s hitmaker’s music being taken off famous airwaves and platforms such as Apple Music and Spotify, by not including his songs on curated playlists. Chance the Rapper also pulled his collaboration with Kelly by removing Somewhere in Paradise in January 2019 as a way of cancelling him. In simpler terms, cancel culture is a modern way...