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Comedian Ricky Gervais denounced today’s cancel culture, saying his hit show “The Office” couldn’t be made these days because of the hypersensitivity in place.
In a talkRadio interview focused on the 19th anniversary of the show, he commented on a “new weird sort of fascism,” where even mildly conservative people are being cast as Hitler.
“There’s this new weird sort of fascism of people thinking they know what you can say and what you can’t say,” he said. “It’s a really weird thing that there’s this new trendy myth that people who want free speech want it to say awful things all the time, which just isn’t true. It protects everyone.”
This is similar to Gervais’ message when he hosted the 77th Golden Globes awards in January, blistering the room full of Hollywood nobility.
“Just because you’re offended it doesn’t mean you’re right,” he said at the time.
Gervais then noted the “catastrophic problem” associated with hate speech is who gets to decide what the criteria are.
“The two catastrophic problems with the term ‘hate speech’ is, one, what constitutes hate speech?” he said. “Everyone disagrees. There’s no consensus on what hate speech is. Two, who decides? And there’s the real rub because obviously the people who think they want to close down free speech because it’s bad are the fascists. It’s a really weird, mixed-up idea that these people hide behind a shield of goodness.”
This being a spot-on description of the radical left today — a stance the fascist Antifa domestic terrorist movement perverts to justify its violence.
Highlighting the evil side of social media, Gervais said there’s no pleasing those who have dug in on their respective beliefs.
“Social media amplifies everything,” he said. “If you’re mildly left-wing on Twitter you’re suddenly Trotsky. If you’re mildly conservative you’re Hitler and if you’re centrist and you look at both arguments, you’re a coward and they both hate you.”
The problem with that assessment being the left controls the social media platforms commonly used by most Americans, and people on the right find themselves banned for the flimsiest of reasons.
As for making “The Office” today, Gervais said that “mob rule would compromise the comedy,” and that the networks “would be bullied” into surrendering to the mob.
“I think now it would suffer because people take things literally,” he said. “There’s these outrage mobs who take things out of context. This was a show about everything. It was about difference, it was about sex, race, all the things that people fear to even be discussed or talked about now in case they say the wrong thing and they’re ‘canceled.'”
In effect, the comedian said that saying “I’m offended” has replaced arguing in favor of positions people take.
“Offense is good because it makes you think,” he said. “And it makes you come up with an argument.”
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