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.
Now, the so-called cancel-culture has been dominating the virtual world as of late.
Traditionally, the term "canceled" means to "dismiss something," or to "reject an individual or an idea," as per Dictionary.
But, in the last year or so, the act of "canceling" has taken on a whole new meaning entirely.
via: ShutterstockCanceling 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.
Celebrities and public figures are the most common targets of this new cancel-culture.
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.
In June last year, the author shared a link to an article titled: "Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate."
‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? W… https://t.co/JEQbzYBS9O— J.K. Rowling (@J.K. Rowling)1591479351.0
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?"
The backlash was astounding...
via: GettyAnd, 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.
Another high-profile figure to face the wrath of cancel culture recently was Ivanka Trump.
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.
Obviously, Ivanka was furious with the decision...
Our nation’s campuses should be bastions of free speech. Cancel culture and viewpoint discrimination are antithetic… https://t.co/OFe9lZwV5Y— Ivanka Trump (@Ivanka Trump)1591398793.0
And blasted both the university and cancel-culture, pointing out that "campuses should be bastions of free speech."
So, as you can see from these examples alone...
Cancel culture mentality: “I don’t like this person, therefor I’m going to dig up every bad thing they’ve done, and… https://t.co/irqEyHSMh2— Lar 🎟 (@Lar 🎟)1609651781.0
In recent months, more and more people have been speaking out against cancel culture...
I hate this cancel culture. It’s bullying.— Debbie Larry-Izamoje (@Debbie Larry-Izamoje)1609788525.0
Of course, celebrities have been at the forefront of this fight against cancelation.
via: GettyAn 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.
Even former POTUS, Barack Obama, who is famously left-wing, has called out cancel-culture.
Well said, @BarackObama. Former president calls out woke cancel culture. https://t.co/7gDMrGkrve— Clay Travis (@Clay Travis)1572410576.0
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."
Seth Rogen on cancel culture: "If you've made a joke that's aged terribly, accept it" pic.twitter.com/u5ex7mmj6A— Anthony Tilghman (@AnthonyTilghman) May 26, 2021
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