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The charge of the ‘woke brigade’? The case against Jimmy Carr

At the beginning of his latest Netflix special, Jimmy Carr sets out the distinction between his “jokes about terrible things” and the “terrible things” themselves. However, Carr’s show, released at the end of last year, has attracted widespread criticism for using the label “edgy comedy” as a weak excuse to promote less-than-thinly-veiled bigoted attitudes about […]

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Does the Friends reunion mark the rise of ‘uncancelled’ culture?

Rating – ⭐ Who needs enemies when you have Friends like these? The Aniston and Schwimmer ‘real life’ love story mirroring the fictional storyline appeared a decoy for dealing with any real issues, proving unaccountability as the true hallmark of the 90s show. Goodbye, old Friends – It’s been great avenging the past and demanding accountability. A former […]

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Why the fashion industry needs a value overhaul

Over the course of the last year, the pace of life has drastically slowed down, allowing a number of important conversations to take place. Important power structures, from Hollywood, to the royal family, to our own university have been called upon to begin the momentous task of dismantling institutionalised patterns of discrimination.  However, the fashion […]

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‘Recipeasly’: missing the mark or the answer to our prayers?

Picture this: you’ve decided to push the boat out and cook something new. You check the cupboards to see what ingredients you already have lying around and find a lone can of chickpeas. You google “chickpea recipes” and are met with hundreds of options. From Morrocan tagines, to Indian curries, to classic hummus, to homemade […]

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BANNED: Trump’s ‘legacy’ now canceled

More than a decade after joining the platform, one riddled with scandal and chutzpah, former president Donald Trump’s relationship with Twitter has ended in acrimony.  For years, Mr. Trump has tested the limits of acceptable speech on the platform, exposing the arbitrary enforcement of the ‘community guidelines’ that theoretically govern major social media platforms, while […]

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The effects of cancel culture in our society

As people locked down over the last six months, and global internet usage soared, the topic of ‘cancel culture’ arose in public conversation.Cancel culture can be defined as the practice of withdrawing support for public figures or companies after they have done something considered objectionable. This then causes a social media backlash and their ‘cancelling’, […]

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We must be free to disagree

For those Scots who value the legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment, Holyrood’s Hate Crime Bill may be the most regressive piece of political kowtowing in recent memory. Lockdown has seen a sharp increase in celebrity cancellations, as old tweets resurface and their tweeters are virtually decimated. Now the Scottish government will give offenders something else […]