Stars who continued their careers after being 'canceled'

Dave Chappelle says he's ready to meet trans community in new stand-up, but he's "not bending to anyone's demands"

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CELEBRITY Cancel culture

The term "canceled" has become so ubiquitous in today's age that it can be difficult to understand what it really means for a person, including how to criticize it or, more importantly, how to find redemption in it.

Its roots lie in the traditional boycott, as a means for the public to practice its own version of justice and to teach figures with more power than them what is acceptable and what is not. At its worst, it's highly reactionary and can destroy someone's reputation. At best, it's an important learning lesson for its targets and for everyone witnessing it.

One of the biggest criticisms of cancel culture is that it's too swift and severe, but it's interesting to see the various ways celebrities have dealt with being "canceled," some of which actually resulted in a smooth return to their careers. Some stars make enormous apology tours and equally enormous donations to the communities they offended. Other stars try to dispute the claims. Some others disappear for a little while and try to return quietly. Others try to essentially cancel out their criticism using abstract criticism of "cancel culture" as a whole. Of course, some actually do attempt genuine redemption as well.

Dave Chappelle, currently on a nationwide tour, said in a new video posted October 25 on Instagram that he's ready to meet with transgender employees of Netflix, denying their claim that he'd previously declined an invitation. He will not, however, take back anything he said in 'The Closer'.  “I am not bending to anyone’s demands," he said, clarifying that his problem is not the LGBTQ community but "it's about corporate interest, and what I can say and what I cannot say." 

Chappelle's conditions for meeting with trans community? "First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end. You must come to a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing, and thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny," poking at the Australian comedian who had denounced 'The Closer' and asked Netflix's Ted Sarandos not to name-drop her due to the "hate and anger that Dave Chappelle's fans like to unleash on me every time Dave gets 20 million dollars to process his emotionally stunted partial world view,” as she expressed on social media. 

Chappelle also complained that his upcoming documentary has been disinvited from film festivals following his transphobic remarks, and closed out the video by saying he plans to make his movie available in 10 cities. Then he asked the audience: “Am I canceled or not?”

Though many "canceled" celebs are dropped from agencies and projects at first, and many have canceled tours and experienced immense mental duress from the public shaming, there are several stars like Gibson who have come out of it all with their career intact, at least somewhat. Click through to see the examples of stars who prove that cancel culture might not be as permanent as people say it is.


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