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The three comics separately stated that freedom of speech would be dominated by a small, but outspoken group of culture warriors, who take aim at censored comedians.
“Comedians just need to stop shopping in all the noise, and start telling jokes how they want,” New York stand-up comic Tyler Fisher told Fox News. “You can’t grow as an artist until you cross the line.”
Comedians like Dave Chappelle have been high-profile Cancel Culture Goals In recent years. Most recently, Minneapolis’s First Avenue canceled Chappell’s sold-out show hours ahead of its scheduled time, after the store faced backlash from its staff and community over the superstar comedian’s jokes about the transgender community. Was lying.
“Often, a lot of credit is given to the way you interpret what you’re saying or what you’re doing as a comedian,” Los Angeles comedian Josh Denny told Fox News.
“That’s when places like First Avenue Cave are dangerous for crowds,” Denny continued. “It basically tells all those transgender people that they think what Dave Chappelle said about him is true, and that’s not the case at all.”
The comedian told Fox News that he believes the people aiming to censor comedians represent a small, but over-accented part of America.
“We have provoked a very small minority of people who are sensitive and who have given them superpowers,” Fischer said. “I don’t think America has become too sensitive.”
Denny similarly said: “The people who want to censor comedy or ban comedians, who are taking risks, pushing the envelope, I think they are a very, very organized, vocal minority. There is indeed an uproar and I think of a resurgence of audiences who no longer want politically correct comedy.”
New York stand-up comic Chrissy Meyer told Fox News that is censoring comedians “The most selfish thing you can do.”
“It’s like ‘Oh, I don’t like this comedian … Not only do I not want to see them, but I want to make sure no one else can see them,'” she said.
Yet comedians have changed their jokes throughout history to align with changing social norms, wrote Cliff Nesteroff, a comedy historian.
“The tug of war between censorship and free speech has been a part of comedy for its entire existence,” wrote Nestoroff. A Los Angeles Times Op-Ed, “It is likely to continue.”
He cited the example of 20th century comedians being arrested or banned for their jokes.
Still, Fischer said that modern cancellation culture censored his comedy for nearly a decade out of fear.
“I’m scared of a move like that, you know, the bubble woke up,” he said.
More than 80% of adults have a . surveyed in New York Times/Siena College Poll In February he said he thought it was a serious problem that some Americans would not exercise their freedom of expression for fear of retaliation or harsh criticism. An April Morning Consult poll found that nearly a third of adults felt they Unable to speak openly on social media,
Fischer also told Fox News that he noticed a shift when President Biden’s age and low energy began to build.
“I will make fun of Donald Trump for four years,” he said, impersonating the former president. “Then, I made fun of Biden, and they’re like, oh, you’re too far away.”
“I joke about who’s in power,” Fisher continued. “The Left has gone so far that any sort of fine, in-between, uncensored is now considered far-right.”
The Media Research Center identified more than 600 examples Social media users facing banPosts that criticized Biden were banned or removed content between March 2020 and March 2022. A Morning Consult poll found that half of Republicans don’t think they can speak freely on social media, compared to less than 20% of Democrats.
“We have almost this religious crusade now with the political sides of who’s right and who’s wrong,” Denny, who did stand-up for 17 years, told Fox News.
Denny continued, “Everyone has some line, some holy cow, that they believe is not okay to make fun of.” “And it could be their politics, it could be their religious beliefs, it could be any of these things.”
Denny, Fischer and Meyer argued that protecting certain groups may actually lead to greater exclusion in comedy.
“Everybody makes fun of true equality through comedy,” Meyer told Fox News.
Fisher said: “You can’t protect a certain group of people. They’ll feel really excluded and isolated.”
Chappelle has faced repeated criticism On his jokes about the transgender community. His Netflix special, “The Closer,” caused the tech giant’s employees to go into protest, though CEO Ted Sarandos defended the decision to provide Chappelle a platform.
“Comedy is like the most inclusive thing,” Fisher told Fox News. “You can’t slowly start cutting off topics and people you can’t joke about.”
Denny said: “I will either fan out or not depending on the kind of content I do, but I will take Turtle Racing to make the kind of fan I want and do easy things to please people.” Instead I would.”