The star of British sitcom Mr. Bean comedian Rowan Atkinson blasted what he described as cancel cultures drain on comedy and free speech. It does seem to me that the job of comedy is to offend or have the potential to offend and it cannot be drained of that potential Atkinson told the Irish Times. Every joke has a victim. Thats the definition of a joke. Someone or something or an idea is made to look ridiculous.
Atkinson pushed back at the notion that comedy should only target those in positions of authority. I think youve got to be very very careful about saying what youre allowed to make jokes about the actor said. What if theres someone extremely smug arrogant aggressive selfsatisfied who happens to be below in society? Theyre not all in houses of parliament or in monarchies.
In a proper free society you should be allowed to make jokes about absolutely anything he added noting that people use social media to take jokes out of their original context. Not all jokes are for everyone. Atkinson joins comedians Bill Maher Steve Harvey and Dave Chapelle who have also blasted cancel culture. While speaking on a Television Critics Association press tour in January Harvey said only comedians who are not sponsored can say what they want noting that every joke hurts somebodys feelings. Atkinsons latest comedy show Man vs. Bee will be available on Netflix June 24.