Are we living in a Cancel Culture? From right wing to left, it seems no one is immune from being cancelled for having ‘the wrong kind of opinion’. 

Is this a necessary evolution in empathy or is cancel culture out of control? Are some subjects now simply off limits? Are we all ultimately self-censoring for fear of being cancelled? Does this mean we can no longer debate important issues that need to be raised?

Considering whether or not the world has gone ‘cancel mad’ will be Secretary General of the Free Speech Union, Toby Young, author of the book Think Like a White Man, Nelson Abbey, and author and founder of Feminist Giant, Mona Eltahawy. Join them for what is sure to be a lively debate! 

 

About The Authors

Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. She is the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution. Her commentaries have appeared in several publications and she is a regular guest analyst on various television and radio shows.

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Toby Young

Toby Young is the General Secretary of the Free Speech Union, a non-partisan, mass membership public interest body that stands up for the speech rights of its members. He co-founded the West London Free School in 2011, the first free school to sign a funding agreement with the British government, and is the author of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2001), a best-selling memoir about his experiences as a glossy magazine editor in New York that was turned into a film starring Simon Pegg. He is an associate editor of the Spectator, where he’s written a weekly column since 1998. Most recently, he set up a blog called the Daily Sceptic.

Nelson Abbey

Nels Abbey is a writer, media executive and satirist. Prior to moving into media, he was a banker. 

Nels is the author of Think Like A White Man (Canongate 2019) and the upcoming The Hip-Hop MBA, a book on what we can all learn from the business of rap music.

Nels is a columnist for the Financial Times and a regular contributor to The Independent, Foreign Policy, The House (the parliamentary magazine) and the Bookseller

He is also co-founder of the Black Writers Guild.