“If Norman Mailer can be cancelled, no one is safe,” argues Tim Black, perhaps overstating the issue based on the facts, but his point is strong. He continues:
This ought to chill the bones of anyone concerned about freedom today. Because if a figure as towering as Mailer can be cancelled, then no one, dead or alive, is safe. . . . The results of this purge of the dissenting, divergent or just plain anachronistic are all around us, on the page and lining bookstore shelves. Fiction, especially so-called literary fiction, is increasingly dull and sanitised.