If we are to truly end the idiocy of #Woke-ism or Cancel Culture, then comics — both popular and not popular yet — will need to lead the way. Thankfully, another megastar in all facets of entertainment, Kevin Hart, has come out and slammed the notion of protecting everyone from getting their feelings hurt.
As I have written here before, the feelings-over-facts crowd have taken over the entertainment industry, and it was only a matter of time before there was a pushback. Now that Kevin has spoken up I feel even better about what I wrote before Comics Like Ricky Gervais, Dave Chapelle and Bill Burr are Saving America. From that article…
When a comic that is as filthy rich as Chapelle takes some shots at Hollywood that made sense to me because he can’t be hurt. Bill Burr equally has done sets that will always ruffle feathers and he has stated he is not concerned who he offends.
Yet Ricky Gervais stood in that room last night and stared into all of those shallow vapid eyes that only expect some mild criticism in the critics’ reviews and he BLASTED them in a way that was damn impressive.
He did to his peers what none of us could truly ever do and he did it with such blistering efficiency in calling out their Bull$%^& and he made it stick and I doubt we will ever see the likes of it again.
Make no mistake that Gervais is not a conservative nor cares about any conservative pet projects. Last night he did what all great comics do and he mocked the room and the system and he landed every damn joke and it was beautiful.
If America is to wipe this P.C. culture off our map comics will and are leading the way.
Enter Kevin Hart via Yahoo…
“If somebody has done something truly damaging then, absolutely, a consequence should be attached,” Hart told the U.K. newspaper. “But when you just talk about… nonsense? When you’re talking, ‘Someone said! They need to be taken [down]!’ Shut the f*** up! What are you talking about?
“When did we get to a point where life was supposed to be perfect?” the Get Hard star continued. “Where people were supposed to operate perfectly all the time? I don’t understand. I don’t expect perfection from my kids. I don’t expect it from my wife, friends, employees. Because, last I checked, the only way you grow up is from f***ing up. I don’t know a kid who hasn’t f***ed up or done some dumb shit.”
The 41-year-old touched on his own controversies, saying he didn’t let the backlash affect him. He went on to argue that those who do make mistakes be given the opportunity to learn, grow and move on.
“I’ve been canceled, what, three or four times? Never bothered,” he said. “If you allow it to have an effect on you, it will. Personally? That’s not how I operate.
Hart knows of what he speaks. He was forced to step down from hosting the Oscars in 2019 after some jokes he had told years earlier had resurfaced that he had already said were in bad taste. Yet the yokels that get their feelings hurt over any slight thrown at anyone had to raise a stink to make sure that Hart was not on that stage.
Can you imagine having skin as thin as rice paper such that any tasteless joke could ruin your hour, day, week month, or year? I would almost feel bad for these people but I can’t stop laughing at their self-inflicted plight. What a miserable existence that must be.
Someone by the name of Andrew Breitbart once said that “Politics is downstream of culture” and it is as true today as it was when he first uttered it. Laws are being proposed to enforce C.C. and businesses are being forced to adopt it to gain favor on Twitter. I’m looking at you, Coca-Cola.
The only way this is reversed is by popular culture once again embracing the freedom of thought and allowing a battle of ideas to happen. Bad ideas don’t die naturally but through the repeated pounding of those embracing better ideas and concepts. We need to embrace that challenge and not cower from it.
I hope now that Kevin Hart has joined the ranks of Dave Chappelle, Bill Burr, and Ricky Gervais this is another clear example of the tides turning to more freedom of speech and not less.
Let the comics lead the way.