Over the last year, especially the last few months, it has become almost impossible to not see “cancel” followed by a celebrity, company/organization, politician, youtuber or any other public figure trending on social media daily. Many have coined the current times that we are living in now as a “Cancel Culture.”
According to Merriam-Webster, cancelling someone (usually a celebrity or other well-known figure) means to stop giving support to that person. This could be boycotting an actor’s movies, a comedian’s stand-up, no longer purchasing or promoting someone’s products and so on, in hopes of ending their career.
The call to cancel a public figure can be for many reasons, but it is usually that the person has expressed a controversial opinion or has conducted themselves in an unacceptable way, so continued support of their work or products doesn’t sit well with their consumers.
While there are hardly, if any, celebrities or companies that have actually had their career or organizations ended due to public backlash (sometimes it actually does the opposite), it does leave a stain on their reputation.
Even though it is possible for a public figure or organization to overcome a controversy, often times they can be avoided all together.
Here are a few tips: