Singer Billy Bragg answers your questions on Cancel Culture

Billy Bragg is a singer-songwriter and activist. He is known for songs that stand up for causes close to his heart and raise important social issues. We'll let Billy introduce himself!


What do you think is the main reason why people decide to cancel each other?
decisive_redcurrant, Michael Faraday School

I see Cancel Culture as a form of accountability - its a way to hold people responsible for what they've said and done

Billy Bragg on what Cancel Culture means


When do you think people take it too far when cancelling someone?
eager_reflection, Cheam Park Farm Primary School


Is it really possible to cancel someone democratically elected while they are in office?
discreet_drum, Upton Cross Primary School


Do you think cancel culture affects freedom of speech?
impartial_shark, Boutcher C of E Primary School


Can people be redeemed for their bad actions (such as homophobic, transphobic, or sexist comments) if it was a long time ago?
aware_orange, Harris Academy Wimbledon


What should be done about television shows that feature outdated views or jokes?
Tom @ the BNC


Thank you to Billy for giving us more of his time and answering your great questions. If you missed Billy's earlier contribution to the BNC, you gave find it here on Session 4.

Add your comments on...

  • What have you learnt from Billy's answers?
  • What do you agree with?
  • Is there anything you disagree with?
  • Do you have any more questions you would like to ask Billy?

Comments (4)

  • Cheam Park logo eager_reflection | Cheam Park Farm Primary
    30 Jun 2021

    eager_reflection here,
    Firstly, I would like to thank Billy Bragg for answering my questions.
    I will now answer the questions above.
    What have you learnt from Billy's answers?
    I have learnt from Billy's answers that when someone has done something wrong, they should be given a fair punishment, so there is balance between the thing they did wrong and the consequence. Otherwise, people could think that they did not have a severe enough consequence, or people could get a punishment far to severe for what they were accused of.
    What do you agree with?
    I agree with Billy when he said "I see Cancel Culture as a form of accountability - its a way to hold people responsible for what they've said and done." This is because cancel culture is a punishment for something someone has done - whether it is them typing something racist, homophobic or sexist etc. on social media or said something that many people disagree with.
    Is there anything you disagree with?
    I do not disagree with what Billy Bragg has said, and I have learnt lots from him and he was very inspirational.
    Do you have any more questions you would like to ask Billy?
    I have one more question for Billy. Do you think that music is a good way to get your point across, and do you think others cancel people because of one of their songs?
    Thank you for reading.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      eager_reflection's comment 01 Jul 2021

      Superb follow up answers, eager_reflection. It's so good to see you've listened carefully to Billy's answers.

      What do you think about the last question you've asked? What would be YOUR answer?

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      1. Cheam Park logo eager_reflection | Cheam Park Farm Primary
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 06 Jul 2021

        Hi Tom,
        I think that music is a great way to get your point across because it can be shown across the world. I think it is a creative way to explain your feelings to someone. I think that others can cancel people because of their songs because in the song, there could be something offensive or rude. In addition, songs can include metaphors that could be interpreted differently. If they tell other people about why it is offensive, people can come together to cancel that person.
        Thanks for the star,
        eager-reflection.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    08 Jul 2021

    First of all, I just wanted to thank Alex for answering my question. I appreciate it.

    What did you learn?

    I’ve learnt that another way of defining cancel culture is like a form of accountability, which means “it's a way to hold people responsible for what they've said and done”; because if you hold someone responsible and punish them, they will learn from the mistakes that they made.

    What do you agree with?

    I agree with Billy Brag that he stands up for causes close to his heart and raises important social issues because that will help make the world be a better place by dealing with cancel culture through music.

    Is there anything you disagree with?

    No, Billy Brag was just really inspirational, and he gave me lots of new information that I didn't know before so thank you.

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