‘You Don’t Agree With Freedom Of Speech’: Ricky Gervais Calls Out Cancel Culture

Comedian Ricky Gervais is back.

After he criticized Hollywood elites in his speech at the 77th Annual Golden Globes (see here), Fox News reports that he is now taking on “cancel culture.”

During an interview with Metro UK, Gervais challenged those who peddle “cancel culture” and what it means for free speech and the U.S. Constitution.

“Everyone’s got a different definition of cancel culture,” the “After Life” star explained. “If it is choosing not to watch a comedian because you don’t like them, that’s everyone’s right. But when people are trying to get someone fired because they don’t like their opinion about something that’s nothing to do with their job, that’s what I call cancel culture and that’s not cool.”

Gervais made a distinction between a person’s own right to discontinue watching a show or supporting a business, but bullying others to do the same was “different.”

“You turning off your own TV isn’t censorship. You trying to get other people to turn off their TV because you don’t like something they’re watching, that’s different,” he said.

The comedian then said the “cancel culture” crowd was getting “dangerously close” to suing over jokes.

“Everyone’s allowed to call you an a******e, everyone’s allowed to stop watching your stuff, everyone’s allowed to burn your DVDs, but you shouldn’t have to go to court for saying a joke that someone didn’t like,” he continued. “And that’s what we get dangerously close to.”

The 59-year-old said shutting down a person’s free speech was antithetical of the Constitution.

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“If you don’t agree to someone’s right to say something you don’t agree with, you don’t agree with freedom of speech,” he said.

Fox News reports Gervais then shared a personal example of his clash with cancel culture:

“I did a tweet a month ago about freedom of speech, quoting Winston Churchill. Someone came back with, ‘You know he was a white supremacist?’ And I wrote back, ‘Not in that tweet he isn’t.’ It’s like if someone did something once that’s wrong, everything they did was wrong,” he said. “You are allowed to have things in common with bad people as long it’s not the bad things. I’m a vegetarian and I love dogs, like Hitler. But the only thing I have in common with Hitler are the good bits!”

This is far from the first time that Gervais has commented on the proliferation of cancel culture. He previously sat down for an interview on talkRadio in the U.K. and explained that he feels his beloved sitcom “The Office” could never be made today because it wouldn’t stand up to the “new weird sort of fascism” that all content is now subjected to.

 

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