Actor and comedian Seth Rogen, known around the world for his absurd sense of humour, spoke on Tuesday about the current state of the profession.
In an interview with Good Morning Britain, Rogen called out those who claim having their jokes banned makes them victims of cancel culture. "Saying terrible things is bad," he began, "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."
Many entertainers have, in recent years, had old jokes banned, or been barred from performing due to things they've said in the past. While most have referred to this phenomenon as cancel culture, Rogen doesn't see it that way. "Getting criticism is one of the things that goes along with being an artist," he said, "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."
The interviewer asked Rogen then asked Rogen whether he's ever had to remove something that offended someone. "I was never a comedian that made jokes that were truly designed to target groups that were subjugated in some way,” he replied. "Have we done that without realizing it? Definitely. 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." Rogen went on to say that he's " ... never made a joke that’s outwardly horrific in some way," and that if one had, he "would question why [they] did that."
“If you’ve made a joke that’s aged terribly," Rogen said, "accept it, and if you don’t think it’s aged terribly, then say that."
On the other side of the spectrum, actor and comedian Chris Rock recently came out in support of ending cancel culture in entertainment. "Everybody gets safe and, when everyone gets safe and nobody tries anything, things get boring," he said. Rock added that he thinks cancel-culture is "disrespectful" to audiences.
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