Seth Rogen has seen cancel culture sweep the American consciousness and he seems to understand it. The Superbad star understands that some jokes just don’t age well at all.
While speaking to Good Morning Britain, Seth Rogen said that some jokes and movies don’t age well. They aren’t “built to last,” but only made to work in the moment. That culture has changed and he can see that, so he doesn’t think comedians have room to complain.
“There are certain jokes that for sure have not aged well, but I think that’s the nature of comedy, I think conceptually those movies are sound and I think there’s a reason they’ve lasted as far as people still watching and enjoying them today. Jokes are not things that necessarily are built to last.”
“I was never a comedian that made jokes that were truly designed to target groups that were subjugated in some way. Have we done that without realizing it? Definitely. And those things are in our movies and they’re out there, and they’re things that I am more than happy to say that they have not aged well.”
“But in my Twitter, I’ve never made a joke that’s outwardly horrific in some way, and if you have, I would question why you did that,” Rogen concluded. “Saying terrible things is bad, so if you’ve said something terrible, then it’s something you should confront in some way, shape, or form. I don’t think that’s cancel culture. That’s you saying something terrible if that’s what you’ve done.”
He went on to say, “to me, it’s not worth complaining about to the degree I see other comedians complaining about.” It might not be worth complaining for him, but plenty of other comedians and creators would have to disagree.
Seth Rogen has a point, but there is also a line that needs to be drawn in this situation. We’ll have to see how far cancel culture goes at this point, because they seem to find a new target all the time.
Interestingly enough, following his appearance, the host had to apologize for the language that Seth Rogen used.
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