The Parley: Should Cancel Culture Be Cancelled?

Expect red-hot discussion as two talented teams of debaters make cases for and against the polarising topic of cancel culture.
Grace MacKenzie
Published on May 31, 2023
Updated on May 31, 2023

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The trend of 'cancelling' someone is a contentious one. If you're in support of a person's cancellation, it'll likely have something to do with how you feel about their cancel-causing behaviour. But what if you support the behaviour? What if you'd do it yourself? The water gets murky.

Considering that a successful cancellation can determine how the rest of a person's life plays out, should it be up to a wildly unregulated population of netizens to carry out? Or, is it a case of power to the people when careers end and lives change as a result of previously unchecked problematic behaviour? There's much to say about a case for and against cancel culture, which you can hear for yourself on Thursday, July 13 at The Parley.

The debate will see two teams attempt to persuade an adjudicator (and audience) at the Powerhouse's Underground Theatre. Although debates typically culminate with a winner being crowned, The Parley is committed to 'empathetic debate' — an initiative driven by mental health charity spur:org's anti-hate project Sticks & Stones, which is dedicated to creating safe spaces for challenging discussions. Why? So society can move to a space of listening and sharing different perspectives with the intention of finding common ground — not division — and to tackle the issue of hate in online settings.

Whether you think some cancellations are deserved or you believe people should have the chance to defend themselves or change, The Parley will deliver an illuminating conversation — perhaps solidifying your stance or changing it. Grab your pals, nab your tickets and get ready to hear some compelling conversationalists make their case.

The Parley: Should Cancel Culture Be Cancelled? debate hits the stage at the Brisbane Powerhouse's Underground Theatre on Thursday, July 13 at 6.30pm. For more information and to nab your tickets, head to the website.


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