Please Don’t Cancel Philosophy Tube

Cancel culture, which does not exist, is still a bit of a problem. Seriously.

Shain Slepian
6 min readNov 17, 2020


Edit: Yes, I wrote this before Abigail came out as trans and yes, I know that this story just got a whole lot more complex in a very crunchy and cool way. I’ll flesh out my update to this article soon, but sufficed to say, I’ve changed all references to Abigail’s deadname and old pronouns for the time being.

Edit to the edit: Never mind. I just wrote another story.

Poor guys made a joke about clopping on Twitter

I just needed to lampshade the term cancel culture. Get it out in the open.

It’s the first word that pops into mind when you think of performative woke criticism. And even though I don’t use the word in complete sincerity anymore, it’s hard not to think about it when Abigail Thorne, the wokest person east of the Atlantic, is getting shit for making a dad joke.

Abigail Thorn is the creator of the YouTube channel “Philosophy Tube,” where she breaks down philosophical topics that she learned about while getting her masters degree in the subject. She’s been at the goal of providing a free philosophy education to those who cannot achieve one for the better half of a decade.

During that time, she has come to express more of her progressive values and even begun identifying as a leftist. As she has become more and more vocal about her beliefs, she has become particularly outspoken about her support of trans rights. She made an excellent video against transphobia a little over two years ago, which I would strongly recommend.

To be completely honest, it wasn’t a great joke. I’ll be the first to admit it. But you know what? You only become funnier by telling bad jokes and getting shit for it. If you want to criticize Abigail Thorn for a bad joke, I, for one, support your efforts.



Shain Slepian

Shain is a screenwriter and screenplay editor. For more content, follow their blog and check out their YouTube channel, TimeCapsule.


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