Comedian Bill Maher criticized “cancel culture” on his HBO show Friday night and said the practice belonged to “Stalin’s Russia.”
Maher spoke of several examples of Olympic officials recently sacked for offensive jokes and explained that losing a job for telling a joke is a “purge” mentality.
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“Young people need to stop praising themselves for being Nostradamus and would have expected if they had been around then anything that is unacceptable now,” Maher told his audience. “Why do we allow people who just want to fuck to always win? … It’s called a purge.” It’s a mentality that belongs to Stalin’s Russia. “
Maher added: “How bad this atmosphere we live in has to be before people who say culture cancellation is exaggerated admit that it is in fact madness that swallows up the world? “
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Earlier this month, the director of the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics was fired after a holocaust joke in a comedic act 23 years earlier was earthen. In March, another Olympic official resigned for suggesting that a tall comedian should perform at the games and be called “Olympig”.
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Also this month, a 52-year-old musician who was scheduled to perform at the opening ceremony resigned after being criticized on social media for harassing children with disabilities as a child.