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A wrong pronunciation or clumsy actions that suddenly have major consequences. That’s what the documentary is about Social tribunal by director Doortje Smithuijsen, who previously zoomed in on the dark sides of social media with her films. In the documentary people speak from left to right who have themselves been ‘disgraced’, and sometimes still suffer the consequences. From an anti-racism activist, who was fired after an innocent-looking sidewalk chalk campaign and still needs protection, to Ian Buruma, who left his prestigious job as editor-in-chief at New York Review of Books lost after posting a piece by someone accused of sexual misconduct in the #metoo wave.

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Buruma recalls being called a “hostile, nasty divorce” after an online storm of outrage over his publication. One minute he was at the cultural peak and the next he was being dragged through the mire on social media and, as a result, out on the streets.

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He is not the only one, says reputation expert Willem van Lynden, who expresses his concerns in Smithuijsen’s documentary. People regularly knock on his door who have been nailed to the digital pillory. ‘Traumatic’ for those people, according to him. “Years later, they are often still afraid to say something. They avoid initiatives because they are afraid that what has once been written about them will fail again.”

“Sometimes a fuss can be helpful in serious misconduct, but often someone just made a stupid decision or it’s an unfortunate set of circumstances,” he continues. “I have a hard time sticking that to someone so many years later.”

Because it sticks to you once you’re ‘infected’ by Google. “You can ask Google to remove anything about what comes up when someone types in your name, but the company usually doesn’t. For a female client of mine, if you googled her, texts like “I’d still pull my dog ​​off it” and “there were camp guards more sympathetic than her as a supervisor” after she left somewhere with an online-reported conflict. Then you just get a ‘no’ from Google, even seven years later. And finding a new job is a problem.”

‘Cancel culture’ has been a popular theme in recent years. Artist duo KIRAC, consisting of Stefan Ruitenbeek and Kate Sinha, also like to play and provoke with this subject. Invitations to them have been withdrawn several times after there was a stir on social media about their statements or films.

For example, during a try-out of one of their films, they recently lifted the ‘cancelled’ artist Juliaan Andeweg on a horse, which has no longer been welcome anywhere in the art world since he was accused in an article of rape and assault.

They wanted to ‘uncancel’ him. A storm of online criticism followed.

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Ruitenbeek speaks of a ‘medieval spectacle’. “He arrived on that horse, everyone fell silent and people started cursing and hiding, not wanting to be seen with him. While it was such a symbolic moment. I wondered: are people going to lynch him and pull him off the horse? That silence you feel before aggression was fascinating.”

Ruitenbeek mainly sees cancel culture as ‘pulling the monkey off the rock with resentment’. „You are placed outside society, but outside which society? You are still allowed to wash glasses, which Andeweg is doing now. So you are just no longer allowed in the ‘good’ society, not in the ‘important’ society.”

Ultimately, Van Lynden expects everyone to have to deal with the digital pillory. “Everyone thinks it won’t happen to them, but that’s what most people who knock on my door for help thought, too. If more people experience it or see it in others, we as a society can decide when this is ready.”

Canceled and then what? Kitty Herweijer and Elif Isitman are investigating that in the podcast Unfiltered with Kitty and Elif

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Johan Derksen does not apologize for candle incident

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Johan Derksen offers no apologies for the ‘candle story’ that he previously told Today Inside. In the first broadcast since the program went off the air, Derksen said that he will not say “sorry”, but that it was not his intention to hurt “people who have been really affected by sexual violence”.

In the earlier broadcast of the program, Derksen said that half a century earlier he had penetrated a drunk and unconscious woman with a candle. In the broadcast he called it a “youth sin”. He later weakened his story, saying that there had been no penetration. Derksen, Wilfred Genee and René van der Gijp decided to stop the program after a few days of great commotion.

According to Derksen, people at talk show tables have demanded that he apologize. However, the presenter stated that he has “already distanced himself” from his story in the broadcast. He held up his middle finger at the camera, a gesture addressed to “all the people on talk shows saying” that he should apologize.

Derksen also said in the broadcast that he spoke with State Secretary Gunay Uslu of Culture and Media about the ‘candle incident’ and the commotion about it. It was “a very pleasant conversation”, according to Derksen. “Mrs. Uslu has stolen my heart,” he said. “We have agreed, we will not blow the whistle on the conversation.”

The analyst said he had never been as busy as after the offending broadcast. The day before the conversation with Uslu, he made an appointment with Talpa boss John de Mol and he also had a conversation with the vice squad in Groningen, according to Derksen. There he was told that the case is “barred”. Finally, he said about the ongoing investigation that an official report has been drawn up. “They have heard my story”, and now it is decided what to do with it.

A group of demonstrators gathered on Monday evening in front of the studio where Today Inside is being recorded, at the media park in Hilversum. They protested the return of the program to television. People carried signs and banners with texts such as ‘Rape culture inside’, ‘No platform for rape culture’, ‘Put that candle in your own ass’ and ‘No buhne for racism sexism’.

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Cynical Derksen about the OM investigation: ‘I don’t sleep a wink’

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Johan Derksen does not seem particularly concerned about the investigation that the Public Prosecution Service is conducting. ,,So an official report has been drawn up, they have heard my story and now he is going to decide what he is going to do with it. Well, you understand that I don’t sleep a wink,” said a sarcastic Derksen tonight in Today Inside, which returned to television tonight after two weeks of absence.

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