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“Why did you lie about having cancer?”: what’s really behind the strange psychology of internet cancel culture

It's normal to find ourselves irritated by celebrities. But the slow-burn punishment of "cancelling" rarely seems to fit any particular crime

By Rachel Connolly  

"Cancelling" is certainly a punishsment—but for what crime? PHoto: Prospect composite

Jameela Jamil is always trending on Twitter these days. Most recently, it was over a dispute about discrepancies in the way the actress’s medical history has been reported over time, with claims that illnesses had been exaggerated in hindsight or occurred in unusually quick succession. Some suggested she has Munchausen syndrome, and an intense wave of abuse was directed at her for days. It was a few weeks ago now, but many of the replies to her tweets…

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