Some people say cancel culture doesn't exist. That's obviously wrong. Cancel culture - the practice of ostracizing people for violating cultural norms - has always existed.
Proscription was common in ancient Rome. Cicero got cancelled.
Hell, the Salem "witches" got cancelled! The original witch hunt!
The practice of famous people getting booted from power by angry mobs is as old as time.
The interesting question is whether something has changed in the age of social media.
And social media allows that information to be spread instantly by word of mouth to vastly larger numbers of people than ever before.
The first way is to be someone that no one cares about enough to cancel.
Thus, most people are safe, because the mob has limited attention.
Movie stars, sports stars, media stars, etc. are no longer high and mighty.
The value of celebrity itself has gone down. Because to be a celebrity now means constant vulnerability.
Now you probably can't get away with anything, at least forever. Now you're not a god, you're a target.
Reducing the benefits of celebrity might make fewer people try to become famous in the first place.
Maybe, in this age of rampant inequality, that's a good thing.
We will no longer be able to imagine that people like Gandhi were saints. We will be forced to realize that they were just flawed, fallible, occasionally amazing but occasionally awful human beings.
Maybe we can learn to revere people for doing good things in spite of their base natures, instead of pretending some people don't have base natures.