Comedy is a terrific tool. Of course it’s an opportunity to laugh and unwind, but more importantly is that it’s a chance for society to look at hot button issues and topics, go in uncomfortable directions, often using colorful language.
Or that was the case until the left began policing language and destroying comedy, by saying which topics are OK to discuss and which ones aren’t.
For example, “Family Guy” recent announced they would no longer be doing gay jokes. They stated that:
“If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it side by side with a show from 2018 or 2019, they’re going to have a few differences. Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable.”
Also in an interview with Vanity Fair, Steve Carell, who portrayed the bumbling, idiotic boss Michael Scott on ‘The Office” for seven seasons said the show would not work in today’s climate.
“It might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted 10 years ago. The climate’s different. “I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior.”
Compared to “Family Guy,” “The Office” was an extremely tame show. Yes, Michael said some pretty inappropriate stuff, but that was because he was a total idiot. To think that “The Office” couldn’t survive in today’s society because the people on the left wouldn’t allow it, is an extremely sad and frankly, pretty disturbing.
Legendary comedians such as Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld both say they even avoid performing on college campuses due to the increased politically correct nature.
Now, even liberal comedian Ricky Gervais is beginning to understand the left’s absolute contempt for free speech. He recently posted his thoughts on Twitter.
I'm an old fashioned liberal lefty, champagne socialist type of guy. A pro-equality, opportunity-for-all, welfare state snowflake. But, if I ever defend freedom of speech on here, I'm suddenly an alt right nazi. How did that happen? pic.twitter.com/9pYrTJlQHK
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 23, 2019
Where is comedy headed? What topics and words will the left declare not politically correct next? Honestly, who knows but one thing is for sure: It’s not headed in the right direction.
For more on political correctness and its effect on comedy, check out Bill Burr’s take below: