Cancel culture

woke and shaming culture.

Cancel culture, woke, and shaming culture. How often did you hear these words in recent conversations? It has the whole world talking about it. Surprisingly, a lot of people don’t even know what it means and what the value is. 

About cancel culture

Cancel culture has its origins in the so-called. Black culture where a direct reference exists with Nile Rodgers’ 1981 single “Your Love Is Cancelled.” The concept of canceling a whole person originated in the 1991 New Jack City movie and became better known in 2014 thanks to Black Twitter through an episode of the show Love and Hip-Hop: New York.


As a topic with roots in Black Culture, its origins are from the human rights movement of especially black people from the USA. This original use also fosters the idea black people should be given the opportunity to reject cultural figures or works spreading harmful ideas about the black community in particular.


Today, “Cancel culture,” is often linked to free speech. It is often associated with “canceling” other people’s opinions (especially when it deviates from other people’s opinions). Cancel culture is a necessity to be given a form of meaningful accountability for public figures and companies usually not held accountable to anyone. 


In response to these public figures and organizations, the reaction is from a form of empowerment in which the idea is that although the power to influence the person/ company, you do have the power to ignore. The core concern of today’s Cancel culture is accountability and responsibility.

You are so woke!

 “Wokeness” is a concept related to the rise of the Black Lives Matter protests. “Being Woke” has been linked to collected demands for greater accountability of social systems that have long-failed marginalized people and communities. 


Woke is often used by black people. That makes sense since it is part of their cultural heritage. You don’t just use the expression. It comes with really understanding the background, the intentions, and the impact. 


It also takes a lot of self-work to really claim to be Woke. Have you taken a good look at yourself? At your bias, your privileged and DIEP status? Be honest. 

Cancel Culture

About shaming culture

With the introduction of Social media, many opinions are shared online. The consequences for people and companies are not always positive. As a result, Cancel culture is sometimes called “Shaming culture” by the media.


Cancel Culture, Wokeness, and Shaming culture are perceived by many as a danger. Especially with online social media, it seems the global online community unites to go viral. 


As a result, the three concepts have more of a polarizing effect over time. Which is the complete opposite of the foundation of all three. The foundation is built upon equality principles. 

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