Some of comedy's biggest names have come under the microscope over recent years, as the "cancel culture" movement became mainstream. Stand-up performers and actors alike faced harsh criticisms for their works: Both recent and older ones. Seth Rogen took to Good Morning Britain to share his thoughts on the social phenomenon.
According to the recent interview, the actor didn't comprehend why his industry mates were griping about "cancel culture." Fellow funnymen including Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, and Donald Glover have all shared their disapproval, but in Seth's eyes, it's that deep. "I think there are certain jokes that for sure have not aged well," the 39-year-old comedian shared. "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. Jokes are not things that necessarily are built to last."
In Seth's eyes, it's less about cancel culture and more about accountability. "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," he told the show's hosts. "I don't think that's 'cancel culture,' that's you saying something terrible, if that's what you've done." The Lion King actor and producer had some tough love to share with fellow comics: "If you've made a joke that's aged terribly, accept it. And if you don't think it's aged terribly, then say that," Rogen said.
But was any of that advice for himself? Long-time fans of Seth are no strangers to the comedic icon's crude sense of humor. However, looking back, did he feel it ever crossed a line? "I was never a comedian, I don't think, that made jokes that were truly designed to target groups that were subjugated in some way," the Yearbook author reflected. But, Rogen did own up that harm might have been done without him realizing it.
'They were very offended when I stopped telling jokes about them.'@Sethrogen tells @susannareid100 and @billtu about how his grandparents reacted when they found out he'd written about them in his book and told jokes about them. pic.twitter.com/asBSqwpFOB— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) May 25, 2021
It seems that the 20-plus years in the industry provided the comedy legend some serious wisdom. And while the An American Pickle star's opinions differed from some other big industry names, his argument was well-received by fans. Be sure to check back with us for more news on this all-star actor.