Rowan Atkinson has his say on cancel culture and the effect it can have on comedy, believing you should be allowed to make jokes about ‘absolutely anything’.
Many comedians over recent years have come under fire for their material being too near the knuckle, but Rowan doesn’t believe anything should be off-limits to be politically correct.
Rowan has previously rallied against cancel culture and even campaigned for a modification to the UK’s Religious Hatred Bill in the mid-naughties to allow performers are leeway to criticize religion within their act, as well to have the notion of ‘insult’ removed from the UK’s Public Order Bill.
‘It does seem to me that the job of comedy is to offend or have the potential to offend, and it cannot be drained of that potential’
‘Every joke has a victim. That’s the definition of a joke. Someone or something or an idea is made to look ridiculous.’
The Mr. Bean star also hit back at the suggestion that comedy should exclusively punch up at those in power and never down at those who are more defenseless.
He also drew similarities with Fawlty Towers star John Cleese, as much of both of their comedy had taken aim at the ‘three pillars of the old-fashioned British establishment’ – namely the Church of England, aristocracy, and the army.