Rowan Atkinson has slammed cancel culture and said that ‘every joke has a victim’.
The 67-year-old told the Irish Times that he believes comedy’s purpose is to ‘offend’ people and its ‘potential’ is being lost.
Atkinson reportedly said to the publication: “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.
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“Every joke has a victim. That’s the definition of a joke. Someone or something or an idea is made to look ridiculous.”
The Mr Bean and Johnny English star added that there’s a small number of subjects that people should avoid mocking when making a joke.
Continuing, Atkinson reportedly said: “You’ve always got to kick up? Really? What if there’s someone extremely smug, arrogant, aggressive, [and] self-satisfied, who happens to be below in society? They’re not all in [the] houses of parliament or in monarchies.
“There are lots of extremely smug and self-satisfied people in what would be deemed lower down in society, who also deserve to be pulled up. In a proper free society, you should be allowed to make jokes about absolutely anything.”
After hearing the actor’s thoughts, many have taken to Twitter and weighed in on the topic.
One tweeted: “Legend, don’t mind the children of today. Too overly sensitive and the world is playing to the gallery. If you don’t want to be offended, don’t watch, don’t listen. Comedians mock themselves on stage and no one gets mad.”
Another added: “Correct. This cancel culture must not be able to take over life. Why is it that for decades people never were offended, however now people get offended just to fit the narrative? It’s just ridiculous.”
“That’s why he’s not working,” a third commented. “Times change boo.”
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