(DailyVantage.com) – Over the last several years, cancel culture has become a real issue, with Conservatives facing the brunt of it on social media. Seemingly, however, the Russia-Ukraine war has also sparked some cancel culture of its own, but not the way one might think. The British National Gallery just decided to rename a classic drawing because of the ongoing conflict.
On Sunday, April 3, The Guardian reported the National Gallery changed the title of one of French artist Edgar Degas’ pastel and charcoal drawings from Russian Dancers to Ukraine Dancers. According to a gallery spokesperson, “The title of this painting has been an ongoing point of discussion for many years and is covered in scholarly literature.”
National Gallery in London renamed Degas Russian Dancers into Ukrainian Dancers.
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Still, the timing seems awfully coincidental, happening when many are pushing for Russian cancelation. Montreal Symphony Orchestra dropped its Russian pianist, Alexander Malofeev, and the University of Milano-Bicocca tried to cancel a course centered on Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. Others have called for suspending Russian athletes or banning them outright if they don’t denounce Putin’s actions.
The National Gallery’s actions have received a mixture of praise and backlash on social media.
What do you think about the decision to rename a drawing after all these years?
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