‘After Life’ star says younger generation is ‘next’ to criticism for their ideologies
Ricky Gervais believes that youth will begin to be called out for not being “awake”, as many others have done in recent years.
The comedian was named by neuroscientist Sam Harris for his “absolutely psychicDuring the podcast, and their conversation, the pair peeled back layers on current ideologies that may or may not survive the next wave of generational social constructions.
“I want to live long enough so that the younger generation isn’t awake enough for the next generation. It’s going to happen,” Gervais said. “Don’t they realize it’s like, They’re next? That’s funny.”
The funny added: “We took out the old guard. We did it. There’s only so much awake and generous you can get and then you start going the other way. But it’s inevitable.”
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This isn’t the first time Gervais has shared his thoughts on cancel culture. Gervais is often vocal about the cancellation of culture’s impact on the comedy world and how difficult it is to do comedy in an environment where the consequences of one’s words are so dire.
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On the December episode of the podcast “Smartless,” the British funnyman joins the hosts. Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett where the conversation turned to deconstruction culture and provided an opportunity for Gervais to share his thoughts on the subject.
“Horror is being canceled if you say the wrong thing and suddenly Netflix may remove you from their platform.” He told the hosts at the time.
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“You may be the most aware, politically correct stand-up in the world at the moment, but you don’t know what it will be like in 10 years’ time,” he continued. “You can get canceled for something you said 10 years ago.”
Despite cancel culture often serving as a theme that is often on a comedian’s mind, he said he believes in the concept of the public holding people accountable. However, he argued that holding a public figure accountable comes with a dollar to vote, not in shaming others for doing so.
He said, “The misconception about cancellation culture is that some people think that you should be able to say anything without any consequences and that is not true because we are members of society and people are allowed to criticize you. ” “They’re not allowed to buy your stuff, they’re allowed to burn your DVDs and they’re allowed to turn off the tele. What they’re not allowed to do is bully other people into not watching you.”
Last month, the “After Life” funnyman won Best Comedy at the 26th National Television Awards for his Netflix series.
Granthshala News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.