Cancelled

Sacked, blacklisted, ostracised, no-platformed: from comedy stand-up to trans rights, and race and academia, a look at cancel culture from all sides and how it’s affecting our lives.

Sacked, ostracised, de-platformed or blacklisted. All in the blink of an eye. This is ‘cancel culture’. You can be fired for an offensive tweet sent as a teenager, or speak out on a controversial subject, only to find yourself viciously attacked by an online mob. It could be stand up comedy, talking about trans rights and gender critical beliefs, or daring to ask if Churchill was racist. From entertainment to academia – this investigation examines how ‘cancel culture’ is affecting our lives. Presenter Richard Bacon meets “the cancelled” to hear first-hand about the impact and consequences of being publicly shunned. What does it mean to live in a world where jobs can be lost, lives ruined, and reputations destroyed in an instant, simply at the whim of the so-called ‘keyboard warriors’. What happened to the freedom to disagree? Who says you have a right not to be offended? And is free speech genuinely under threat?