Cut 2016 Some Slack, Please

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Cut 2016 Some Slack, Please

Illustration: Shivali Devalkar

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n a year of intensely divisive political campaigns and opinions, there’s only one thing that seems to have united people across the world. As the year draws to a close, a ringing chorus has risen from several quarters – at least in parts where keyboards and internet connections are easy to come by – where an increasing number of people seem to be demanding the end of 2016. Enough, they say, we’ve had it.

Over the last week, after George Michael’s death, 2016 was declared by several people on Facebook and Twitter to be “ugh, the worst”. Then Carrie Fisher died two days ago, and sealed the deal for the undecided few. It was thus officially decided that 2016 needs to go away, like, right now.

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