The actor also weighs in on Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix controversy
“Good Times” actor Jimmy Walker believes the culture of cancellation is definitely having an impact on the comedy industry.
In a video obtained exclusively by Granthshala News, the 74-year-old actor and comedian talks about today’s increasingly sensitive environment and what it means for comedians to do standup, who are now wondering if a faux joke is a joke on their part. Can ruin career.
“I think comedy is going to be really tough for the next few years,” Walker said.
He also shared whether he thinks comedy icon Dave Chappelle will be at a loss after recent calls from critics to pull his new special “The Closer” from Netflix.
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“Chapel is lucky he’s in a great position. I wish him all the best. He’s obviously very talented, he’s made a lot of money and it’s going to help him a lot. It helps him pass the culture of cancellation.” Will help,” Walker said.
He added: “I’m glad he’s doing what he’s doing in terms of continuing. That’s what I would say about him.”
Walker went on to say that it is already clear that high-profile people joking in public need to flaunt their jokes.
“I think we’re at the point that you just can’t make jokes about certain things. It’s going to change the whole face of comedy. I’ve said it on stage but you can’t ever get another ‘M*A* s* won’t see. H,’ you’ll never see another ‘Jefferson,’ you’ll never see another ‘All in the Family.’ Ladies and gentlemen, those days are over, so I guess we have to change Will happen.”
Chappelle made Walker’s remarks in the midst of giving his new look at canceled culture at a performance in Los Angeles on Thursday night. Speaking about the criticism her recent specials received from LGBTQ+ activists and organizations like GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition, Chappelle said, “If it’s going to be cancelled, I love it.”
“It’s a conspiracy of kindness,” he said, later adding that he believes Americans “have to trust each other.”