While Chris Rock is out on the interview circuit promoting his new film Spiral: From The Book of Saw, he stopped by The Breakfast Club radio show. While on the show, the topic of cancel culture came up. And as Rock is someone who first announced years ago that he stopped playing colleges when people started getting too offended, you can pretty much guess what his feelings on the subject would be.
“It’s weird when you’re a comedian because when you’re a comedian, when the audience doesn’t laugh, we get the message,” Rock said. “You don’t really have to cancel us because we get the message. They’re not laughing,” said the former Saturday Night Live star. “Our feelings hurt. When we do something and people aren’t laughing, we get it.”
He continued, “I don’t understand why people feel the need to go beyond that, you know what I mean? Honestly, to me, it’s a disrespect. It’s people disrespecting the audience like, ‘oh, you think you know more than the audience?’ The audience knows more than everybody, OK. You know but hey, some things don’t need to be said.”
“Some people need to be looked out for,” Rock added. “I definitely understand that. But not letting comedians work is, you know — what happens is everybody gets safe and when everybody gets safe and nobody tries anything, things get boring. Everybody’s scared to make a move,” said Rock. “That’s not a place to be. You know, we should have the right to fail because failure, failure is a part of art.”
Rock is the latest comedian to come out against the current era of cancel culture. A couple weeks ago, Billy Crystal took some shots at the subject, calling it a “minefield.” And while those comments quickly backfired for Crystal on Twitter, we haven’t seen anyone firing back at Rock just yet.