Chris Rock, an actor and comedian, slammed modern society’s ongoing embrace of cancel culture, claiming that the country has reached a point where people are “scared to talk.” The Grown Ups star discussed the pitfalls of cancel culture and what it has done to basic dialogue and culture in the United States during a recent visit on The Breakfast Club.
“It’s weird when you’re a comedian because like, when you’re comedian, when the audience doesn’t laugh, we get the message. You don’t really have to cancel us because we get the message. They’re not laughing. Our feelings hurt. When we do something and people aren’t laughing we — like we get it,” Rock said.
The Spiral star continued:
I don’t understand why people feel the need to go beyond that, you know what I mean? Honestly, to me, it’s a disrespect. It’s people disrespecting the audience like oh, you think you know more than the audience. The audience knows more than everybody ok. You know but hey, some things don’t need to be said. Some people need to be looked out for, I definitely understand that but not letting comedians work is, you know — what happens is everybody gets safe and when everybody gets safe and nobody tries anything things get boring.
As a result, The Week Of actor said he has witnessed many “unfunny comedians,” “unfunny TV shows,” “unfunny award shows,” and “unfunny movies” because “everybody’s scared to … make a move.”
“That’s not a place to be. You know, we should have the right to fail because failure, failure is a part of art,” Rock continued, describing such as the “ultimate cancel.”
“But now you know you got a place where people are scared to talk. That’s not, you know, especially in America you’re scared to talk, ah. But you know, that’s what people want, you know, got to make adjustments,” Rock added.
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Rock, who has previously advocated for left-wing causes, made headlines in December when he proposed to then-incoming Vice President Joe Biden the creation of a “Supreme Court of Science” to oversee medical and environmental crises.
Rock is just the latest leftist celebrity to come out against cancel culture.