Actor and comedian Jimmie Walker chimed in on the impact of cancel culture on comedy and showed support for fellow comedian Dave Chappelle who was recently targeted by critics for comments not deemed acceptable by the political correctness police.
“I think that comedy is going to be really rough for the next few years,” Walker speculated.
Despite his prediction of the rough seas ahead, the “Good Times” actor showed support for Chappelle who has been targeted to have his new Netflix series “The Closer” pulled for comments perceived by leftists as transphobic.
“Chappelle is lucky he’s in a great position. I wish him the best of luck. He’s obviously very talented, he’s made a lot of money and that’s going to help him tremendously. That’ll help him get past the cancel culture,” Walker said. “Good for him.”
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“I’m happy that he’s doing what he’s doing in terms of continuing on. That’s what I’ll say about that,” the 74-year-old said.
Chappelle has been under fire for comments he made in support of already canceled J.K. Rowling, asserting that he, too, understood that gender is a fact.
“They canceled J.K. Rowling – my God.” Chappelle said on his Netflix special. “Effectively, she said gender was a fact, the grand community got mad as (expletive), they started calling her a TERF.”
“I’m Team TERF. I agree. I agree, man. Gender is a fact,” he explained. “TERF” stands for “trans-exclusionary radical feminist.”
On Thursday, Chappelle responded to the accusations of his perceived transphobic comments by essentially relishing in cancel culture.
“If this is what being canceled is about, I love it,” Walker said to a crowd of fans.
“F*** Twitter. F*** NBC News, ABC News, all these stupid-ass networks,” he reportedly said. “I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to you. This is real life.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 8, 2021
Walker also asserted that political correctness has permanently changed the landscape of comedy.
“I think we’re at a point that you can’t make jokes about certain things. It’s going to change the whole face of comedy. I’ve said it on stage but you’ll never see another ‘M*A*S*H,’ you’ll never see another ‘Jeffersons,’ you’ll never see another ‘All in the Family.’ Those days are over, ladies and gentlemen, so I guess we’ll have to change up,” he said.
Walker’s remarks echo those of other comedians like David Spade who explained last month that cancel culture forces him to edit his jokes and that he worries about his current jokes just as much as those from the past, explaining that when telling a joke he will just “cross [his] fingers and say it’s under the guise of comedy.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 5, 2021
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