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Making Mr. Potato Head a gender-neutral toy is the latest in a series of changes caused by the way society perceives culture, politics By Bruce Frassinelli A new term has crept into our vocabulary in recent years — “cancel culture.” This refers to the practice of reassessing support for public figures and companies after they have said or done something considered offensive. It also involves reviewing practices and policies and even rebranding products which by today’s standards have become offensive or unacceptable. Those of us of, shall we say, the mature generation know only too well that there were things we did, said or believed years ago that would not fly today. Essentially a form of boycott, cancel culture can take on many different facts, including group-shaming on social media. The impact could be devastating. The scary part is that because of the speed and pervasiveness of social media, it can happen seemingly overnight. The target can be a person, business, media star or politician, and it can result in the withdrawal of financial, social, economic or political support. For example, famed actor Kevin Hart dropped out of hosting the 2019 Oscars show after public rebuke over old homophobic tweets