Athena Kugblenu: ‘The more you get cancelled, the more immune you are to it’

Athena Kugblenu: ‘The more you get cancelled, the more immune you are to it’April 7, 2021

The standup comedian’s new Radio 4 series picks through the minefield of cancel culture – and offers up a few mea culpas

“If real life was like social media, it would look like The Good Place,” says standup Athena Kugblenu, referring to the sitcom about an afterlife so airbrushed and virtuous it is too good to be true. “If people say they’ve never said anything politically incorrect to friends or to family, they’re lying!”

An early adopter to social media, Kugblenu has “around 50,000” tweets and countless blog entries stretching back to 2009 – a small library of incisive, amusing takes on everything from sports to politics and identity. “I’m Team Markle,” she jokes, “but there’s nuance to everything.”

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