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​Cancel culture: How Asia's woke brigade became a political force

Published on: 20-Jul-2020

AsiaOne (off South China Morning Post)
 
Aside from celebrities, politicians are feeling the heat from ‘cancel culture’. In Singapore, Ivan Lim, who had been announced as a candidate for People’s Action Party in the recent general election, and Raeesah Khan, now Singapore’s youngest member of parliament, are examples. As Asst Prof Walid Jumblatt Abdullah, from NTU’s political science division, puts it: “Cancelling someone is ultimately a power play: that power can be derived from institutions and formal authority, or just popular opinion.” He warned that the effect of the growing cancel culture trend could be discouraging open debate and causing public figures including politicians to self-censor.

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