Macquarie Dictionary’s 2019 Word Of The Year Is A Trend Disliked By Obama
By Thanussha Priyah, 03 Dec 2019
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Out of a flurry of internet slang words, “cancel culture” has emerged as the Macquarie Dictionary’s 2019 word of the year.
Being “canceled” essentially describes a form of boycott against a person, either on social media or in the real world, or even both. The internet often “cancels” people who have gone against acts deemed to be politically correct.
Macquarie Dictionary defines the term as, “The attitudes within a community which calls for or brings about the withdrawal of support from a public figure, such as cancellation of an acting role, a band on playing an artist’s music, removal from social media, etc., usually in response to an accusation of a socially unacceptable action or comment.”
The phrase has become integral to modern discourse, with former US president Barack Obama mentioning in October that cancel culture was the “idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke.”
Cancel culture was brought to light hand-in-hand during the rise of the #MeToo movement in 2017, when internet users started feverishly calling out celebrities on social media and decided to boycott them for their contentious behaviors.
Accused abusers such as Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K and Aziz Ansari were among the many who were being called out and “canceled.”
Earlier this year, Shane Gillis was fired from Saturday Night Live before he even made his appearance on the show after a clip of him using racial slurs during a podcast was exposed.
Some argue that cancel culture can ruin lives as it ostracizes people from the community, be it in a social or professional environment.
However, others point out that the term is used loosely, as it is not permanent for most. When Louis CK was under scrutiny, many had assumed that his comedy career would end and that he would never be able to be at the forefront of the media ever again, but that turned out to be untrue.
The comedian laid low for a while before he returned with a comedy tour that surrounds his reputation of not being politically correct.
Following sexual allegations, Ansari ran a Netflix special called Right Now, which grazed on the incident that had him canceled. The show then went on to be nominated for a Grammy.
YouTuber Vlogger Logan Paul, who notoriously filmed a dead body in Japan’s ‘Suicide Forest’, had his content partnership revoked following the incident. After taking a short hiatus, he is back to making videos again.
Ellen DeGeneres was also subjected to being canceled when many found out that the beloved talk show host was seen with George W. Bush during a football game.
As celebrities are usually put on a pedestal, the cancel culture brings them down to be chucked away, though consequences for their actions aren’t often followed through.
🚨 WORD OF THE YEAR 2019 🚨— Macquarie Dictionary (@MacqDictionary) December 1, 2019
Announcing the Macquarie Dictionary Committee's Choice Word of the Year as 🚫 CANCEL CULTURE 🚫! Find out why this word was chosen and our three Honourable Mentions and the rest of the shortlist on our website. https://t.co/aeGZyMEwfd pic.twitter.com/6xeyyfA6ms
Man, cancel culture truly ruins lives! Like look at Aziz Ansari getting a GRAMMY nomination?— Taylah (@TaylahTalks) November 20, 2019
Truly career-ending. https://t.co/C4a1xqPNf5
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