Rowan Atkinson, star of Mr. Bean and Netflix’s new sequence Man vs. Bee, has slammed cancel tradition in a brand new interview with The Irish Occasions, claiming, “The job of comedy is to offend.”
It’s unclear what he sees as offensive about Man vs. Bee — during which a bumbling man tries to take away a malicious insect from a home filled with breakable objects — or why Atkinson is so riled up on the considered folks criticizing well-known comedians. However after cancel tradition got here up, he mentioned, “It does appear to me that the job of comedy is to offend, or have the potential to offend, and it can’t be drained of that potential. Each joke has a sufferer. That’s the definition of a joke. Somebody or one thing or an thought is made to look ridiculous.”
Atkinson has spent his profession enjoying the sufferer of the joke, although he’s fast to defend those that mock others. When requested about whether or not comedians ought to punch down as an alternative of up, he bristled at the concept that jokes ought to solely be launched on the highly effective.
“I feel you’ve acquired to be very, very cautious about saying what you’re allowed to make jokes about,” he mentioned. “You’ve at all times acquired to kick up? Actually? What if there’s somebody extraordinarily smug, conceited, aggressive, self-satisfied, who occurs to be under in society? They’re not all in homes of parliament or in monarchies. There are many extraordinarily smug and self-satisfied folks in what could be deemed decrease down in society, who additionally should be pulled up. In a correct free society, you ought to be allowed to make jokes about completely something.”
The comic added, “Not all jokes are for everybody.”
Man vs. Bee lands on Netflix June twenty fourth. The trailer is about as inoffensive because it will get; determine for your self if it does “the job of comedy” under.