Twitter users are cancelling Genghis Khan after a user posted a thread outlining what a bag person he really was. And social media has gone into meltdown!

Cancel culture is a huge issue in 2020. Celebrities make one mistake on social media and there’s instantly a mass of people wanting to ‘cancel’, shame and publicly humiliate them on the internet.

The latest person to be ‘cancelled’ is someone you’d never expect, historic Mongolian leader Genghis Khan. Yes you heard that right, the internet are calling out the leader – but why?

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Who was Genghis Khan?

Born in roughly 1155, Genghis Khan was the founder and first Great Kahn of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest empire in history after his death.

He was officially born as Temüjin Borjigin, but was proclaimed Genghis Khan after founding the Empire, meaning Universal ruler. Also officially known as the Genghis Emperor, he came to power after uniting many of the nomadic tribes of North-East Asia.

Genghis Khan died in 1227 after defeating the Western Xia. As he requested, his body was buried in an unmarked grave somewhere in Mongolia.

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Why is Genghis Khan trending on Twitter?

On Friday (August 14th) Genghis Khan, the Mongolian leader who died almost 800 years ago started going viral on Twitter.

It all began when a Twitter user called @Priya_27_ started a thread tweeting about the sheer devastation caused by Genghis Khan, and she begins calling out people who glorify him.

She said: “Genghis Khan did to central Asia what Islamic invaders did to India, maybe worse. He single-handedly killed 11% of world population at the time. Yet some want to glorify him as a hero conquerer. That’s your personal choice but objectively, Genghis Khan was a barbarian.”

The thread then continued with seven more tweets outlining exactly why Genghis Khan was such a bad person.

Now the internet is ‘cancelling’ Genghis Khan

The thread gained 3.7k retweets and 6.8k likes, and sparked a worldwide conversation about Genghis Khan on Twitter.

Just as everyone thought 2020 couldn’t get any stranger, Genghis Khan began being ‘cancelled’ by the internet, proving that anyone can be a victim of cancel culture.

One Twitter user said: “I left Twitter for a few hours and I come back to the news Genghis Khan is Cancelled.”

And the jokes started coming in their thousands. One person said: “Checked out why Genghis Khan is trending, apparently he just got cancelled. I can’t find him on socials so it must have worked.”

And finally: “I see that Genghis Khan has been cancelled. sad bc i was a really big fan. i’ll be spending my night burning all my 12th century mongolian artifacts. don’t call or text.”

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