#PopVultures Podcast: Cancel culture and celebrities

Celebrities who have had to face cancel culture include (from left) Singaporean influencer Xiaxue, American comedian and television host Ellen Degeneres and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
Celebrities who have had to face cancel culture include (from left) Singaporean influencer Xiaxue, American comedian and television host Ellen Degeneres and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.PHOTO: XIAXUE/INSTAGRAM, REUTERS

#PopVultures Ep 30: Cancel culture and celebrities

31:21 mins

Synopsis: A podcast by The Straits Times that examines all the ins and outs of pop culture, be it Asian entertainment or Hollywood.

After a short hiatus, the #PopVultures are back and this time with piping hot tea on the phrase on everyone's minds recently - cancel culture.

Hosts Jan Lee and Yeo Sam Jo dive deep into two recent incidents of what may be perceived as "cancel culture" - the shift in public opinion towards daytime talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres following allegations about how her show is a toxic workplace with instances of racism and sexual harassment as well as JK Rowling's repeated clashes with the transgender community and its allies on Twitter.

They also discuss other cases of cancel culture with The Chicks (formerly known as The Dixie Chicks), Janet Jackson and Xiaxue.

Jan and Sam Jo also discuss what cancel culture means for the entertainment scene at large, which parts of it make them uncomfortable and whether it is ever helpful or justifiable.

Stay till the end to hear who Jan hopes might be cancelled next.

Produced by: Jan Lee (janlee@sph.com.sg) & Yeo Sam Jo (yeosamjo@sph.com.sg)

Edited by: Penelope Lee

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