‘It hangs in the balance if we’ll be funny again’: Maureen Lipman warns canceling culture could ‘annihilate’ comedy because something ‘has to be banned to really make you laugh’
- The 75-year-old actress says a ‘revolution’ has left comedians afraid to offend anyone
- This comedy was “like laughter in church” – “forbidden” things are the funniest
- Recently, Terry Gilliam had the Old Vic show canceled after a Facebook post
Dame Maureen Lipman fears ‘cancellation culture’ will put society ‘on the verge of eliminating comedy’.
The 75-year-old actress said there had been a ‘revolution’ that had comedians so scared of offending anyone that it had to ‘be balanced if we were going to be funny again’.
It came as a YouGov poll found almost half of Britons censor their opinions to avoid offending someone they’ve just met, rising to almost two-thirds for controversial issues like children’s rights. trans and immigration.
Lipman, 75, said there had been a ‘revolution’ which had comedians so scared of offending anyone that it was ‘to balance whether we’re ever going to be funny again’
Lipman told BBC Radio 4 Today: “I think it’s a revolution, I think it hangs in the balance whether we’ll be funny again.”
“It’s kind of like laughter in church, you have to forbid something to make you really laugh, to make you laugh from the belly – that’s when you shouldn’t laugh and so, so, all the things that cancel each other out are, I’m afraid, the things that have always made people laugh.
“This cancel culture, this punishment, it’s everywhere, you know, eye for an eye – you said so you never have to work again. We’re about to eliminate comedy.
A YouGov poll on cancel culture, shared with the BBC, found that 49% of respondents would tone down or disguise their opinions to avoid offending someone they had just met, and 21% would take the same approach with their family.
Recently, comedian Terry Gilliam broke his silence over the cancellation of his show by The Old Vic theater after supporting controversial American comedian Dave Chappelle
Meanwhile, 57% said they regularly hide their true opinions on issues such as immigration and trans rights.
Recently, Monty Python star Terry Gilliam broke his silence about the cancellation of his show by The Old Vic theater after he supported controversial American comedian Dave Chappelle.
The 81-year-old was due to co-direct Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into The Woods next year when the iconic London theater announced the production had been canceled last month.
The move came after Gilliam urged his 495,000 Facebook followers to watch Chappelle’s controversial new Netflix show, The Closer.
In a social media post, the actor has now said his “indescribable crime” is recommending that his Facebook followers watch a show by a “brilliant and provocative American comedian”.
He went on to say he was “very sad” that a “big cultural institution like The Old Vic was bullied into canceling our production”.
He wrote: “It is very sad that a major cultural institution like The Old Vic was bullied into canceling our production of Into The Woods by a small group of closed-minded, humor-averse ideologues among their staff, who absurdly call themselves ”The Old Vic 12”… as if they were the victims of a cruel injustice fighting desperately for their freedom!
The Monty Python star, 81, was due to co-direct Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into The Woods next year when the iconic London theater announced the production had been canceled last month.
The comedian took to social media to say his “indescribable crime” was recommending his Facebook followers to watch a show from a “brilliant and provocative American comedian”.
“My unspeakable crime was recommending my Facebook followers to watch a Netflix special by a brilliant and provocative American comedian and then sharing their opinions with me.
“They did it and civilization didn’t collapse!” However, The Old Vic’s artistic credibility certainly was.
“Freedom of speech is often attacked, but I never imagined that freedom of recommendation would also be under threat.”
Some comedians disagree with the idea of acts sacrificing being funny for fear of being cancelled, with Russell Kane calling the idea “nonsense”.
In October, Gilliam took to Facebook and said he would “love to hear the opinions” of those who had watched Dave Chappelle’s new show.