“You could say J.K. Rowling canceled, but I mean, if people bought 100 fewer Harry Potter books this year than last year, I don’t think that affects them marginally.”
In today’s episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we’ve broken down the hottest pop culture headlines and discussed “cancellation culture.” You can listen below or scroll down to read more about the interview!
So let’s dive into that! We recently spoke to Joe Berkowitz of the Fast Company about the myth of “abolition of culture.” Here is some of what we learned:
BuzzFeed Daily: I recently wrote an article on “Culture Abolition” [and how it relates to] This season of Succession. How would you define cancellation culture as it is presented in the mainstream media?
BuzzFeed Daily: Based on what we’ve seen in the past five years, it kind of looks like a culture abolition as we know it’s just the internet in general. I mean, social media technology has seemingly given every person on earth the ability to interact in real time with global events. Does this sound right to you or do you think there is something more complicated going on?
BuzzFeed Daily: I’ve already touched on this quite a bit, but people often point to the fact that those who are “cancelled” will lose their jobs and income as one of the big problems of cancellation culture. But usually the abolished people are the rich and famous. Is this even a financial problem for them?
BuzzFeed Daily: This is something you talked about in your article, and JK Rowling is just one example. We witness this with Louis CK and Dave Chappelle, who have just been nominated for a Grammy and are currently on tour. Mel Gibson will direct and star lethal weapon 5, and actor Joshua Malina, who is Jewish, just wrote an opinion piece in The Atlantic calling on Hollywood to make a stronger effort to actually scrap it. So what do you think about this? Should the entertainment industry put up stronger walls to keep guys out like this? Or should we allow the masses to decide for themselves whether they really want to support them?
BuzzFeed Daily: You’ve also written about how the terms “abolition of culture” and “wake up the mob” are used, mainly by conservative media and Republican politicians. In fact, 64% of Americans see abolition culture as a threat to freedom. So, what do you think about the topic that has become such a flashpoint? Is there any substance to this or do you think the conservative media has simply made this into a culture war issue?
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