Chris Rock Blasts Cancel Culture: 'People Are Scared to Talk'
Comedian says leftist censorship is 'disrespecting' audiences
Comedian Chris Rock claimed "cancel culture is causing a rise in unfunny entertainment" and said it is “disrespecting” audiences.
Rock told Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club” that people have become "safe" due to the fear of getting canceled.
“And when everyone gets safe, and nobody tries anything, things get boring,” he told the New York station’s Angela Yee and DJ Envy.
“I see a lot of unfunny comedians, I see unfunny TV shows, I see unfunny awards shows, I see unfunny movies."
"Because everybody’s scared to make a move,” he said.
“And that’s not a place to be," Rock added.
"Now you got a place where people are scared to talk,” he said, adding it was bizarre, “especially in America.”
The comedian added it was pointless to target comedians because they already face the “ultimate cancel” of their jokes failing.
“You don’t really have to cancel us, ‘cos we get the message — they’re not laughing!"
"When we do something, and people aren’t laughing, we get it,” he said.
He added that dictating what people should find funny is “disrespecting the audience."
“Like, ‘Oh, you think you know more than the audience?’ The audience knows more than everybody,” he said.
Earlier this year, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston said "cancel culture" is breeding "less forgiveness in our world."
"We live in this cancel culture of people erring and doing wrong -- either on purpose or by accident -- and there's less forgiveness in our world," Cranston said.
"I think we're unfortunately in a courser environment," he explained.
"I think our societies have become harder and less understanding, less tolerant, less forgiving."