Seth Rogen Says Comedians Shouldn’t Complain About Cancel Culture

Seth Rogen reportedly said he doesn’t understand how comedians are complaining about the concept of cancel culture.
Credit: @sethrogen/Instagram & ITV

Seth Rogen reportedly said he doesn’t understand how comedians are complaining about the concept of cancel culture.

In an interview with Good Morning Britain’s host Susanna Reid, the actor and filmmaker acknowledged that some of the jokes he’s made in past movies haven’t ‘aged well’. 

He explained: “I think there are certain jokes that for sure have not aged well … But I think that’s the nature of comedy. 

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Seth Rogen has admitted that some of his jokes haven’t ‘aged well,’ as he discusses cancel culture. Credit: @sethrogen/Instagram

“I think conceptually those movies are sound and I think there’s a reason they’ve lasted. Jokes are not things that necessarily are built to last.”

Rogen continued by saying he doesn’t feel the need to complain about people who are moaning about his poorly-aged jokes, as he doesn’t think it’s ‘a big deal’. 

He continued: “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.

“Getting criticism is one of the things that goes 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.”

When Reid then asked the star whether or not he’d removed any controversial comments from social media in the past, Rogen replied that his jokes don’t ‘target groups’. 

He said: “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 realising 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.

“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.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

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