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Finally, A Comedian Actually Got Cancelled

I’ve long insisted “cancel culture” doesn’t exist. Then Will Smith smacked Chris Rock and changed the game.

An open hand, the instrument of Cancellation.
Behold its power. Photo by Jeremy Yap on Unsplash

Friends: In the past year, I have used this space, often, to opine on “cancel culture.” You’ve heard me say that it’s not real; that it’s a distraction from more serious issues; that “cancellation” is just a word…




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Jude Ellison S. Doyle

Jude Ellison S. Doyle

Author of “Trainwreck” (Melville House, ‘16) and “Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers” (Melville House, ‘19). Columns published far and wide across the Internet.

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