Online bullying is never OK. But I don’t see it as synonymous with cancelling, and cancel culture is not inextricably linked to online bullies. Some people take it too far, yes, but some people take it too far in comment sections — or during protests, or during political speeches. I’m talking about cancelling that doesn’t break laws or cross lines. If someone says or does something you don’t like and you decide to boycott them and encourage others to do so, I may not agree with it, but it should be one’s prerogative. If someone’s feelings are too fragile to handle pushback (pushback, not bullying), then perhaps they should think twice about voicing their opinions publicly. What I find equally frustrating as cancel culture is the hypocrisy of many people who criticize it.

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