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Does "to be seen as cynical" mean "to be seen self interested and unconcerned about social issues"?


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However, while some of the more prominent young British artists might be seen as cynical in their seemingly uncritical call upon themes of sex, violence and death, this is not, in my opinion, true of Kaye who engages with them as social issues.

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Does "to be seen as cynical" mean "to be seen as self interested and unconcerned about social issues"?


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However, while some of the more prominent young British artists might be seen as cynical in their seemingly uncritical call upon themes of sex, violence and death, this is not, in my opinion, true of Kaye who engages with them as social issues.

Surprisingly enough, the best synonym for your context seems to be misanthropic - hatred or contempt for humankind.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misanthropic


https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/cynical

‘Kitsch, I decided, is art that bears a cynical or dismissive relation to life.’ (dismissive)

‘The event is not coldly cynical or sneering, but humorous and engaging.’ (heartless, not concerned)

‘He's trying to do away with the cynical sneer and make a genuine film with heartfelt emotion.’ (cold and uncaring)


https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cynical?src=search-dict-box

When "Roots" premiered on the ABC network in 1977, my generation of black academics and activists was cynical and outraged. We felt the horrors of slavery were rendered flat and lifeless by the miniseries … — Houston A. Baker, Jr., Vibe, February 2002 (bitter)