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Has ‘Cancel Culture’ Gotten Away From Accountability?

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San Diego Union Tribune Columnist Chares Clark joined Midday Edition to talk about his recent column about 'Cancel Culture".

Aired: June 8, 2021 | Transcript

These days we hear a lot about "cancel culture" — when someone who’s done or said something damaging is deplatformed, fired or boycotted. In other words, they are held accountable.

But, has cancel culture gotten away from accountability and is it being used as a weapon?

The San Diego Union-Tribune Columnist Charles Clark says, yes. In a recent column he writes, it's time to retire the phrase and get back to accountability.

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"I feel like you started hearing this phrase around the time of the #MeToo movement. 'Canceling' someone became a public way to police predatory men who otherwise would not have been held accountable and haven't been held accountable for decades. Somewhere along the way conservative media co-opted this term 'cancel culture' to be more about the stifling of conservative speech or people infringing on free speech," Clark said.

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He joined Midday Edition to talk about the ways cancel culture has recently been used to shield people from accountability by pulling attention away from harm caused by their action.

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