Charles Barkley isn’t a man known to keep his thoughts to himself.
Amid the discussion, the sports legend took it to the hoop where Cancel Culture’s concerned.
“The PC people are…overboard right now,” he said.
“I mean…I can’t imagine you guys doing a show every day, how crazy it is for you. Like, it’s gotten so out of hand right now, I couldn’t imagine having to watch myself.”
Fun’s gone the way of the dodo bird:
“You can’t even have fun nowadays without these jack-sses trying to get you canceled and things like that.”
Addressing co-host Danny Rouhier — who’s also a standup comic — he offered, “Especially you, being a comedian.”
As you likely know, Barkley’s a mainstay on sports television. Since 2000, he’s served as an analyst for Turner Network Television.
Related to that, he lamented the current stifling state of affairs:
“[T]hat’s all we ever talk about behind the scenes now. Like, ‘Yo, man. Be careful going in this direction.’ I’m like, ‘Yo man, we can’t even have fun anymore.'”
It’s the culture of cancellation:
“We’ve had fun all these years, and now all of a sudden, in the last year and a half, everybody’s trying to get everybody fired.”
The star estimated the effect it must have on entertainment radio:
“I can’t imagine you guys, like, every day, like, ‘Hey, I wanna say something funny’ when something happened, but ‘yeah, we can’t go there.'”
The duo confirmed, “We’re way less interesting. We’re way less funny. There’s no doubt. … There’s just things we don’t even talk about. Which is just sad. … We avoid it like the plague, which is sad.”
“It is sad,” he seconded.
Getting along with those who hold opposing views was once an American virtue. Someone might even say, “I hate what you’ve said, but I defend your right to say it.”
I suspect there won’t be a return to that attitude any time soon.
The new virtue, it appears, is the opposite.
Charles has noticed:
“[M]y big thing has always been, one of my favorite phrases is, ‘We agree to disagree. I’m not mad, I don’t want you to be mad. We just disagree.’ But unfortunately…it’s been happening for a couple years now, like, if people disagree with you, they’re gonna get fired. They’re coming for your head.”
He slammed the folks in charge:
“And a lot of our bosses are cowards.”
Barkley understands that context is king; but these days, there’s a revolt against the throne:
“You know, it’s so funny — I said context matters. They’re like, ‘Context doesn’t matter.’ I said, ‘That’s total BS — context always has to matter.’ … [B]ut now, if you crack a joke the wrong way, they’re like, ‘Oh no no no — you crossed the line.'”
Charles brought up a longstanding joke about the Texas home of the Spurs.
His continuation…has been canceled:
“I mean, they won’t even let me talk about San Antonio anymore. … When I’m always talking about them big ol’ women in San Antonio? They’re like, ‘Charles, we got one lady, wrote an article.’ I’m like, ‘First of all, I didn’t call anybody personally fat in San Antonio. I was just joking around.’ And this one lady wrote this article. I’m like, ‘So y’all are gonna let one lady? We’ve been having fun with this for probably 10, 15 years.’ And when we go to San Antonio, the people are having a blast with it. I mean, the people in San Antonio, they had T-shirts made up.”
It’s a powerful past.
Watch it all here. These are the words of a man who does not care about Cancel Culture:
“Now, I mean, I don’t have to go back there anymore,” he told Danny and Grant. “Because their team s-cks. My life is dictated by how good your basketball team is.”
As for Barkley’s San Antonio shenanigans, perhaps the worst part is that he may be racist:
— Alex Parker (@alexparker1984) June 15, 2021
While he works on that, I’ll leave you with something from Danny Rouhier.
As it turns out, the comedian does an impressive impression of Charles:
— Danny Rouhier (@funnydanny) June 4, 2021
Hopefully, he won’t get canceled for it.
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