or manceled [man-suhld]
What does mancelled mean?
Before the #MeToo movement took off in 2017, mancelled was sometimes used to refer to dudes being flakey and cancelling their plans. In the post-#MeToo era, problematic or offensive men can expect to get mancelled, a blend of man and cancelled, i.e., shunned.
Where does mancelled come from?
Before the #MeToo movement went viral, getting mancelled wasn’t very controversial. It simply referred to when a guy, or a group of guys, flaked-out, canceling on existing plans.
A 2010 Urban Dictionary definition of mancellation describes it as when a guy cancels date plans with his girlfriend at the the last minute to go out with his friends. On Twitter, the term came to be used to refer to when guys cancel on any plans.
My plans to watch Knicks-Heat with another dude got mancelled.
— Jon Friedman (@friedmanjon) February 24, 2012
In 2017, the #MeToo movement took off, with women speaking out more loudly against sexual violence and misogyny. In this context, getting mancelled took on a whole new meaning. Instead of plans being mancelled, people were—specifically, problematic men alleged to have histories of misconduct or sexual harassment or assault.
"We haven't mancelled men, we simply chose not to renew them for another season."
— Tal Waterhouse (@iiTalW) July 26, 2018
To be mancelled generally implies that someone should be denied a public platform–especially high-visibility roles like actors, politicians, musicians and the like.
Examples of mancelled
Who uses mancelled?
Although the term mancelled is not widespread, it does occasionally appear as a hashtag on social media, particularly about men whose unsavory past has come to light.
— Ashley 🎬🍿📺 (@gallotweets) December 11, 2017
An example can be seen in this comment about lawyer Michael Avenatti after his 2018 arrested on domestic violence charges.
Avenatti has been mancelled… https://t.co/bZE2VxIkFm
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 25, 2018
Other commentators have snidely noted, in light of #MeToo, that men should be mancelled altogether.
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