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Things People Said: Toxic Masculinity, Cancel Culture and Cinema

Here’s what Harry Styles, Meena Kandasamy, Lizzo and more had to say over the past fortnight

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Jessica Xalxo Dec 07, 2019

Meena Kandasamy about the cover for her 2017 feminist fiction novel ‘When I Hit You: Or, a Portrait of the Artist As a Young Wife’. Photo: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images

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1. Shan Vincent De Paul on toxic masculinity

Photo: Courtesy of Shan Vincent De Paul

2. Author Meena Kandasamy to The Guardian on what she told her publisher about the cover for her 2017 feminist fiction novel When I Hit You: Or, a Portrait of the Artist As a Young Wife

Photo: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images

3. Lizzo on her music journey

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

4. Journalist and Activist Divya Kandukuri responds to actor Parvathy Thiruvothu’s take on representations of toxic masculinity in cinema (Which stated that such characters exhibit symptoms of bipolar disorder. Thiruvothu has since changed her stance) —

Photo: Courtesy of Divya Kandukuri

5. Actor and Comedian Rickey Thompson to Teen Vogue on
cancel culture

Photo: Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Teen Vogue

6. Actor Parvathy Thiruvothu on how film directors and writers choose their lens

Photo: Screenshot/ Film Companion

7. Wolfgang Van Halen on Billie Eilish not recognizing Van Halen’s
music

Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

8. Ballet dancer Misty Copeland to ESPN on the broad perception of athletes, dancers and artists — 

Photo: Monica Schipper/Getty Images for AHF

9. Actor Gabourey Sidibe to SELF on mental health care for
black women

Photo: Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images

10. Actor Mena Massoud to The Daily Beast on life as an actor after starring in Aladdin —

Photo: Leon Bennett/WireImage

11. Harry Styles to L’Officiel USA on the fluidity of gender, art and
fashion

Photo: Sony Music

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