Seth Rogen played down the impact of the cancellation culture by saying some comedians go a little too far in considering past jokes that haven’t aged well.
Rogen, 39, appeared on “Good Morning Britain” earlier this week to discuss her new book “Yearbook,” a collection of essays about her life. The hosts made sure to ask the actor and comedic writer for jokes from his past that haven’t aged well and may be considered offensive to modern audiences.
Rather than balking or getting on the defensive, Rogen quickly took responsibility for “some jokes” that he said wouldn’t play well today.
“There are some jokes that certainly haven’t aged well, but I think that’s the nature of comedy,” Rogen said (via Insider). “I think conceptually these movies sound good, and I think there’s a reason they lasted as long as people watch and still enjoy them today. Jokes aren’t necessarily things that are necessarily made to last. “
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The “Pineapple Express” actor continued to poke fun at his fellow comedians who speak out against the culture of cancellation when attacked for material they have produced in the past.
“For me, when I see comedians complaining about this stuff, I don’t understand what they’re complaining about,” he continued. “If you made a joke that got terribly old, accept it. And if you don’t think she’s aged terribly, say so.
He noted that facing criticism for his work is just something that comes with being an artist, especially in comedy.
“If you don’t like it, then stop being a comedian,” he said, adding, “For me, it’s not worth complaining as I see other comedians coming together. complain. “
In addition to past jokes from his movies, Rogen was asked if he would ever come back to his Twitter account and delete jokes and posts that haven’t aged well. Fortunately, the actor is convinced that there is nothing to clean up.
“I was never a comedian who made jokes that were really designed to target groups that were subjugated in one way or another,” he explained.
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He continued, “Did we do this without realizing it? Certainly. And these things are in our movies and they’re out there, and these are things that I’m more than happy to say haven’t aged well. ”
The star concluded his thoughts on the issue by noting that he doesn’t believe comedians picking on past material is an example of cancellation culture. Instead, he sees it as an opportunity to show audiences that he has learned and grown as an artist and performer.
“But on my Twitter, I never made a joke that was horrible on the surface, and if so, I would wonder why you did that,” he concluded. “Saying terrible things is bad, so if you said something terrible, then it’s something you should face in some way or form. I don’t think it cancels out the culture. You’re the one saying something terrible if that’s what you ”I finished. ”
Rogen had the opportunity to put his money where it is when it comes to considering past projects that provide new context for viewers. Specifically, he was named by “Disaster Artist” co-star Charlyne Yi for his continued association with James Franco after several women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.
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Franco denied all the allegations, but Rogen explained that he no longer intended to work with Franco in the future after being seen as a “facilitator.” He responded to one of Yi’s complaints about him by joking about his friend and creative collaborator’s allegations during a “Saturday Night Live” skit. He also said he regretted saying in an interview in 2018 that he would continue to work with Franco despite the allegations.
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“I think back to a joke I made on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 2014 and I very much regret making that joke. It was a terrible joke, honestly, ”he told the Sunday Times earlier in May. “And I also think back to that 2018 interview where I said I would continue to work with James, and the truth is, I haven’t and I don’t plan on doing that right now. ”