10 Famous Examples Of Cancel Culture

What Is Cancel Culture

Cancel culture is boycotting someone or something that has done something offensive or problematic.

Individual people or groups of people can do this, and it often leads to the person or thing being “canceled” out of social media, public life, or discourse.

This article will explore what cancel culture is, some famous examples of it, and how you can avoid being canceled yourself.


Cancel culture gained traction in 2017 when several high-profile individuals were canceled for various reasons.

  • One famous example of cancel culture is when actor James Franco was canceled after being accused of sexual misconduct by five women.
  • Another example is when author JK Rowling was canceled after she made transphobic comments on Twitter.
  • YouTuber PewDiePie was canceled after making a racist joke in one of his videos.

Why It’s Problematic

While cancel culture can be used as a tool for good (i.e., calling out racism, sexism, etc.), it can also be harmful and lead to mob mentality.

For example, cancel culture has been known to target marginalized groups of people at a disadvantage, such as women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community.

Cancel culture can also lead to people being “canceled” for things they didn’t even do or simply expressing an unpopular opinion.

Famous Cancel Culture Victims

If you want to learn more by example, here is our list of noteworthy individuals who got a taste of the mob justice that is cancel culture.

Jussie Smollett

Actor Jussie Smollett was accused of staging a hate crime against himself and later charged with felony disorderly conduct.

Smollett lost his roles on “Empire” and “Chicago PD” in the wake of the allegations.

Brian Bendis

Comic book writer and artist Brian Michael Bendis was accused of sexual misconduct by several women.

Bendis denied the allegations, and no formal charges were filed, but he lost his job at DC Comics.

R. Kelly

Singer R. Kelly was indicted on ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four victims, three of whom were minors.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Kevin Spacey

Actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of men and women.

Spacey was fired from “House of Cards” and lost several other roles due to the allegations.

Bryan Singer

Director Bryan Singer was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple men.

Singer denied the allegations, and no formal charges were filed, but he was fired from his job directing the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Steven Seagal

Actor Steven Seagal was accused of sexual assault by multiple women.

Seagal denied the allegations, and no formal charges were filed, but he lost his job as an adviser to the Russian government.

Roy Price

Amazon Studios chief Roy Price was accused of sexual harassment by a producer on one of the studio’s shows, and price resigned from his position soon after the allegations surfaced.

Kevin Tsujihara

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara was accused of offering acting roles in exchange for sex by an actress he allegedly had an affair with.

Tsujihara denied the allegations but stepped down from his position at Warner Bros.

Les Moonves

CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves were accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women.

Moonves denied the allegations but was forced to step down from his position at CBS.

Matt Lauer

NBC News anchor Matt Lauer was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.

Lauer was fired from “Today” as a result of the allegations.

How To Not Get Canceled

So how can you avoid being canceled yourself? Here are some tips:

– Be careful with what you say and post online. Remember that anything you say or do can be used against you.

– Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion, but do so in a respectful way.

– If you see someone being canceled, don’t add fuel to the fire. Instead, try to have a thoughtful discussion about the issue at hand.

Finally, don’t take cancel culture too seriously; it’s just a bunch of people who are angry about something on the internet.

Don’t let the threat of cancel culture ruin your day.


Cancel culture has become especially prevalent on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, where users can quickly and easily call out people or brands for perceived wrongdoings.

While there are some clear benefits to canceling culture (it can help hold people and organizations accountable), there are also some potential drawbacks (such as its propensity for mob mentality).

In general, cancel culture is still evolving, and we’re still trying to figure out the best way to use it without causing more harm than good.


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