[Ads-l] Cancel culture, cancel (2018)

Tue Feb 11 17:45:40 UTC 2020

Here is a use of “cancel culture” on Twitter, as quoted in an article on Mashable.com (Nov. 18, 2017) that, in turn, was picked up by NewsBank’s Access World News database.  The article credits the quote to Shanita Hubbard (@msshanitarenee) November 18, 2017.  Note that “cancel culture” is in quotation marks.

“Let’s talk “cancel culture.”  Personally, I am willing to give a lot of grace to young Black girls simply because the world doesn’t.  I wasn’t born reading bell hooks.  I had to grow.  So does Gabby Douglas.  And so do some of you.”

John Baker

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Subject: Cancel culture, cancel (2018)

The earliest citation for "cancel culture" that I have found is this one:

"XXX Tentacion Still Had Room to Grow." Los Angeles Sentinel, 21 June 2018, A7.

"Something that has become seemingly unavoidable in recent times is 'cancel culture.' To put it simply, 'cancel culture' is when people who have done or said something either recently or in the past get 'canceled' meaning people will not support said person in whatever future projects they have approaching. In a way it's a common-man's blacklisting.

And there is this slightly earlier use of verb "to cancel" in this sense from a transcript of the Fox News show "Your World."

Baia, Dion; Partsinevelos, Kristina; Timpf, Kat; Corke, Kevin; Payne, Charles; et al. "President Trump's Pardons; Unemployment Rate Drops; Trade War?; North Korea Summit Back On." Your World with Neil Cavuto, CQ Roll Call, 1 Jun 2018:

"BAIA: Yes. I'm surprised they acted so quickly in canceling the show [i.e., 'Roseanne'], instead of like with 'House of Cards,' they kind of wrote Kevin out [sic] Spacey.
"TIMPF: They canceled Kevin Spacey."

I'm sure these can be antedated. The verb, in particular, is difficult to search for.

--Dave Wilton

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