Comedian Seth Rogen has this week expressed his opinions on “cancel culture,” and why he feels other comedians shouldn’t complain…
His comments have sparked a debate online…
With many disagreeing with his thoughts on the controversial topic.
Traditionally, the term “canceled” means to “dismiss something,” or to “reject an individual or an idea,” as per Dictionary.
Canceling someone – whether it be rejecting them, ignoring them, publicly opposing their views or actions, or depriving them of time and attention – has become the go-to tactic for disgruntled and offended internet-goers.
Perhaps the most memorable example is the previously beloved mastermind behind the Harry Potter franchise, J.K Rowling, who was savagely “canceled” after expressing her views on women and gender.
She then commented:
“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
And, almost instantly, the internet was alight with allegations of transphobia and even some calls for Rowling and the Harry Potter franchise to be canceled and boycotted entirely.
Amid former president Trump’s controversial response to the BLM protests last summer, his daughter was hastily dropped by Wichita State University Tech in Kansas just hours after it had been revealed she would be giving a speech to its students.
And blasted both the university and cancel-culture, pointing out that “campuses should be bastions of free speech.”
On social platforms such as Twitter, canceling users with opposing views has become the norm – but does that mean it’s the way forward?
By arguing that it is a form of bullying and will be the “death of free speech.”
An open letter to Harper’s Magazine in July last year was signed by more than 150 prominent authors and journalists, including J.K Rowling, Salman Rushdie, and Margaret Atwood, decrying what they see as a loss of open debate and tolerance as a result of cancel-culture.
In an eye-opening speech at an Obama Foundation event in 2019, he told those who are “politically woke” to “get over that,” and pointed out that canceling people online “isn’t activism.”
“That’s not bringing about change,” he said. “If all you’re doing is casting stones, you’re probably not going to get that far. That’s easy to do.”
So, as you can see, there are many celebrities who are not the biggest fans of the internet’s new obsession with cancelation.
However, not everyone feels the same, and Seth Rogen is the latest to speak out about his thoughts on the subject.
But people aren’t too impressed by his comments…
In a recent interview with Good Morning Britain, Rogen explained that sometimes comedy doesn’t age well and that you should “own up” to your mistakes…
“I think there are certain jokes that for sure have not aged well…but I think that’s the nature of comedy…jokes are not things that necessarily are built to last,” Seth said.
He believes most of his movies are “conceptually sound,” although some jokes haven’t exactly stood the test of time…
“I was never a comedian that made jokes that were truly designed to target groups that were subjugated in some way. Have we done that without realizing it? Definitely. And those things are in our movies, and they’re out there, and they’re things that I am more than happy to say that they have not aged well,” Seth noted.
He continued, “But in my career, I’ve never made a joke that’s outwardly horrific in some way, and if you have, I would question why you did that.”
“Saying terrible things is bad, so if you’ve said something terrible, then it’s something you should confront in some way, shape, or form. I don’t think that’s ‘cancel culture’; that’s you saying something terrible if that’s what you’ve done,” Seth explained
He doesn’t see his controversial jokes “as a big deal” or an example of “cancel culture” and thinks comedians should just accept it…
“To me, when I see comedians complaining about this kind of thing, I don’t understand what they’re complaining about. If you’ve made a joke that’s aged terribly, accept it. And if you don’t think it’s aged terribly, then say that,” Seth said
He added, “Getting criticism is one of the things that go along with being an artist, and if you don’t like that, then don’t be a comedian anymore. To me, it’s not worth complaining about to the degree I see other comedians complaining about.”
What do you think?
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