Here’s why celebrities like JK Rowling and Mel Gibson never really get ‘canceled’
“You could say JK Rowling is canceled, but I mean if people bought 100 pounds less on Harry Potter this year than last year, I don’t think that affects him marginally.”
In today’s episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we broke down the major pop culture headlines AND discussed “cancel culture”. You can listen below or scroll down to learn more about the interview!
So let’s dive in! Recently we spoke to Fast Company Joe berkowitz on the myth of “the cancellation of culture”. Here is some of what we learned:
BuzzFeed Daily: you recently wrote an article on “cancel culture” [and how it relates to] this season of Succession. How would you define the culture of cancellation as seen in the mainstream media?
BuzzFeed Daily: Based on what we’ve seen over the past five years, it seems a bit like canceling culture because we know it’s just the internet in general. I mean, the technology of social media platforms has apparently given every person on Earth the ability to react in real time to world events. Does that sound fair to you or do you think something more complicated is going on?
BuzzFeed Daily: You’ve touched on this a bit before, but people will often point out that those who get “canceled” will lose their jobs and income as one of the big issues in cancellation culture. But usually the canceled people are rich and famous. So, is it even a hardware issue for them?
BuzzFeed Daily: This is something you talked about in your article, and JK Rowling is just one example. We see it with Louis CK and Dave Chappelle, both of whom have just been nominated for the Grammys and are currently on tour. And Mel Gibson is going to direct and star in Lethal weapon 5, and actor Joshua Malina, who is Jewish, just wrote a editorial for The Atlantic calling on Hollywood to redouble its efforts to cancel it. So what do you think of this? Should the entertainment industry put up stronger walls to keep men like this out? Or should we let the audience determine for themselves whether they really want to support them?
BuzzFeed Daily: You also wrote about how the terms “cancel the culture” and “wake up the crowd” have been militarized, primarily by the conservative media and Republican politicians. In reality, 64% of Americans see culture as a threat to freedom. So what do you think about the subject that has become such a flash point? Is there any substance to this or do you think the conservative media just turned it into a culture war issue?