Comedian Chris Rock says that cancel culture is disrespectful to audiences and is leading to “boring” entertainment across the board.
Rock made the remarks during an interview with “Breakfast Club” hosts Angela Yee and DJ Envy on Monday.
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Rock told the hosts that he believes canceling an entertainer will only set the industry and its players up for failure.
“It’s weird when you’re a comedian because when your audience doesn’t laugh, we get the message. Like, you don’t have to cancel us.” he said. “They’re not laughing. Our feelings are hurt. When we do something and people aren’t laughing we get it. I don’t understand why people feel the need to go beyond that.”
The 56-year-old comedian added that the very idea of telling the audience where or how to find humor is disrespectful.
“Honestly to me, it’s people disrespecting the audience,” he continued. “Like, ‘Oh, you think you know more than the audience?’ The audience knows more than everybody!”
Rock added that as a result, comedians and entertainers are forced to play it safe and bland out of fears of alienating the general public and saying or doing something offensive.
“What happens is everybody gets safe and nobody tries anything. Things get boring,” Rock said. “I see a lot of unfunny comedians, unfunny TV shows, unfunny movies because people are scared to make a move and that’s not a good place to be. We should have the right to fail because failure is a part of art.”
“It’s the ultimate cancel, but now you got a place where people are scared to talk. ‘That’s not — especially in America — you’re scared to talk, but that’s what people want, you gotta make adjustments and, you know, let’s do it,” he added.
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