Yes, I’m against cancel culture because it stifles free speech. I’m not saying it’s a violation of her rights as a citizen because obviously Disney is a private company. This doesn’t need to be pointed out to anyone. In effect, if not in legal technicality, it is censorship because of the consequences for stepping out of line are loss of livelihood and of a voice on our centralised communication platforms which hold a monopoly. And this applies not only to actresses, but journalists and academics too.

Cancel culture could be stopped if people were more tolerant of diversity of opinion. Cancel culture and anyone who participates (from spineless companies to people who loved to being offended) = bad, in my opinion. Freely expressing what you think, whoever you are, (unless you’re literally at a rally and giving orders to violence) = good, in my opinion. I can’t state my views any more plainly than that.

I support your right to say unpopular or potentially controversial things on the internet. I wouldn’t take kindly to you being fired for it i.e. cancel culture. I’m not the hypocrite you’d like me to be.

Cancel culture is a social phenomenon that people can denounce and stop participating in. Or they can think it’s good and permissible and express that view, but I don’t think it will lead to anything other than a cowed populace.

Glutting myself on all that life has to offer and writing about it. Art, language, science, humour, and whatever else takes my fancy…

Glutting myself on all that life has to offer and writing about it. Art, language, science, humour, and whatever else takes my fancy…

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