Shut down or force out
We need to cancel Tucker Carlson. All he does is spread lies and paranoia.
That sounds like a snowflake reaction.
|Cancel culture||Canceling people who do anything controversial|
|Liberal tears||Complaints from a liberal|
|Get woke||Become aware of social issues|
|Cybermob||A group of online users that harasses other users|
|Keyboard warrior||A person that posts controversial opinions online|
|Troll||A person who posts offensive comments|
|Snowflake||A sensitive person|
|Performative activism||Activism performed to gain social standing|
To cancel someone is to stop supporting a person or to force a person out of a position of power. To cancel a business or organization is to boycott or blacklist them, with the goal of shutting them down. It is a way to express strong disapproval of a person's or company's actions.
The sentiment behind canceling a person is a product of "cancel culture," which became prevalent in 2019. When you cancel a person, you want to completely remove that person from your life, whether it be a friend in real life or an actor you like and follow on social media.
People may also try to cancel large organizations, such as businesses, universities, and religious groups. This has become more common as the Internet has given users more direct access to share their opinions. Some instances of users wanting to cancel an organization include when a food company does not use organic ingredients or when a car company does not utilize forms of renewable energy. This has led to virtue signaling by some organizations to gain favor from the masses.
Cancel movements often gain traction on social sites like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. These movements typically consist of a group of angry users that are working to remove or ostracize another user or organization, much like a mob in real life (without the pitchforks). Movements typically start when a notable person, such as a celebrity or politician, does something objectionable that users take offense to and then want immediate punishment for him or her.
A prominent criticism of canceling people is that people jump to conclusions about the wrongdoers and allow no time for explanation or redemption. Another criticism is that users cancel people for minor transgressions instead of working through differences of perspective to get to a shared understanding.