10 celebrities ‘canceled’ in 2020: From JK Rowling's 'transvesty' to Jason Derulo's BTS snafu

The 'cancel' culture on Twitter saw many celebrities become subject to trolls and critics as they dragged them on Twitter for several reasons

                            10 celebrities ‘canceled’ in 2020: From JK Rowling's 'transvesty' to Jason Derulo's BTS snafu
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Not only has 2020 been one of the most dreaded years, but it has also turned bizarre for various reasons. When the pandemic forced people across the world to remain cooped up in their homes, they naturally turned to social media to express their opinion about everything that was happening around the world. And with that, came the infamous 'cancel culture', which saw many celebrities become subject to trolls and critics as they dragged them on Twitter for several reasons. Here we have put together a list of 10 celebrities who fell prey to the Internet trend of 2020.

JK Rowling

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'Harry Potter' author JK Rowling got entangled in a full-blown controversy in June, after sharing a few tweets directed at the transgender community. She tweeted, "‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate". She shared a couple more tweets explaining the identity of an individual based on their sex.



The author's tweets irked Internet users and a few celebrities, who openly called her for her remarks against the trans community. In no time #jkrowlingisoverparty began trending on Twitter, which saw a significant number of users cancel her.


Kanye West

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Rapper Kanye West came under fire in May, after a call between him and Taylor Swift was leaked on the internet. The leaked conversation allegedly revealed that Taylor wasn't aware of being called "that b***h" in his 2016 song 'Famous'. 

#KanyeWestIsOverParty soon started trending on Twitter as more and more people came forward to defend Swift, while slamming West and his wife Kim Kardashian for turning the 'Bad Blood' fans against her with a clip that they had released earlier. One tweet shared by an angry fan read, "if y'all can trend #TaylorSwifIsLovedParty can we also trend #kanyewestisoverparty just thinking of 2016. Just thinking of Taylor and how she cried in Miss Americana. Just thinking of how she was publicly bullied by thousands? please reply with #kanyewestisoverparty"


Jimmy Fallon

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The late-night show host Jimmy Fallon faced major backlash in May after Twitter users called him out for something “inappropriate” he did years ago. Nearly two decades ago, Fallon appeared on one of SNL sketches, donning blackface, imitating American comedian Chris Rock. He even made jokes about crack in the episode from 2000. Fallon became a victim of the cancel culture as #jimmyfallonisoverparty began to trend. Fallon later issues an apology on Twitter. The statement read, "In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable."



Doja Cat

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The 'Mooo!' singer Doja Cat was one of the many celebrities who got canceled in 2020, after a video surfaced on the Internet, showing her participating in a video call with the alleged members of alt-right. People claimed that the singer was "talking to racists and laughing at their racist jokes" based on the video from Tinychat. 


Around the same time, Doja was called out for using the phrase "dindu muffin" in one of her songs that were uploaded on SoundCloud. She later addressed the issue on Instagram through a post and apologized to her fans, which has now been deleted.


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The Australian singer and songwriter Sia earned the wrath of Twitter users for allegedly causing a feud between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B through one of her tweets, in which she confused the female rappers. She shared a tweet that read, "Replyingto @siasmelodrama @NICKIMINAJ [email protected] I love @iamcardib and although this isn't a collaboration, I would love to COLLAB with her any day!"


Soon, fans of Cardi B and Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to trend #SiaIsOverParty, slamming the singer for addressing Nicki as Cardi B. Sia, however, issued an apology statement through another tweet. "I totally misunderstood a tweet earlier that has resulted in me making a buffoon out of myself. Sorry @NICKIMINAJ and @iamcardib
if you hear about it. Can I just like you both?"


Chris Evans

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'Captain America' star Chris Evan was canceled by Twitter users in May after a few claimed that he was a 'Zionist'. The rumors gained momentum after the film 'The Red Sea Diving resort', which follows a fictionalized story of a real-life rescue mission of Ethiopian Jews by Israeli Mossad agents. The actor essayed one of the agents in the film. Many dubbed him a Zionist for being a part of a film which was subjected to criticism for its "White savior complex."


Lea Michele

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In the wake of the death of George Floyd, the 'Glee' actress tweeted, "George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end. #BlackLivesMatter”. Her post soon came under fire after her co-star Samantha Marie Ware called her out for "hypocrisy", claiming that the former had ill-treated her while working together on the show. A significant number of internet users called her out for the alleged "s**t in my wig” remark as stated by Ware and began trending #leamicheleisoverparty. 


Mel Gibson

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American actor, director and producer Mel Gibson was severely criticized over a few alleged anti-Semitic remarks. 'Stranger Things' actress Winona Ryder said in an interview, she said, "Mel Gibson said to my friend, who's gay, 'Oh wait, am I gonna get AIDS?’ And then something came up about Jews, and he said, 'You're not an oven dodger, are you?'" Gibson was soon canceled on Twitter as people made #melgibsonisoverparty go viral. 


Jason Derulo

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American R&B singer Jason Derulo got canceled on Twitter after BTS fans slammed him for "using them for clout" after collaborating with the South Korean boy band for the remix of his hit number 'Savage Love'. He reportedly did not acknowledge BTS members during the success party of the song, in a live session on TikTok. He captioned the video, "It’s a celebration @#savagelove @hannastocking @ondreazlopez @charlyjordan @itstaylerholder @justmaiko @sommeray @jena @mrmovi3." This didn't serve the ARMY well as their favorite band wasn't mentioned by the singer, and soon #JaonDeruloIsOverParty started trending on Twitter. 


Tony Lopez

TikTok sensation Tony Lopez was canceled by Twitterati in July after one of the users shared a thread with links to a few tweets he had shared from earlier consisting of racial slurs and derogatory terms.



Lopez later issued an apology in writing saying, "Just wanted to apologize for any old childish tweets that I made 5-6 years ago if I offended anyone I apologize deeply. It offends me reading those now as well. I know people are gonna keep talking about it."


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