Actor Jimmie Walker Discusses How ‘Cancel Culture’ Will Hurt Comedy
By Movieguide® Staff
Actor Jimmie Walker, best known for his performance in the classic comedy series GOOD TIMES, said that he expects the current “cancel culture” to continue to hurt comedy.
Walker, 74, recently said that it is becoming more common for comedians to lose their entire careers based on one joke.
“I think that comedy is going to be really rough for the next few years,” Walker said.
Walker’s comments come after people are pressuring Netflix to cancel Dave Chappelle’s newest comedy special, in which he reportedly makes several politically incorrect jokes.
“Chappelle is lucky he’s in a great position. I wish him the best of luck. He’s obviously very talented, he’s made a lot of money and that’s going to help him tremendously. That’ll help him get past the cancel culture,” Walker said of the comedy legend. “I’m happy that he’s doing what he’s doing in terms of continuing on. That’s what I’ll say about that.”
Walker continued, “I think we’re at a point that you can’t make jokes about certain things. It’s going to change the whole face of comedy. I’ve said it onstage but you’ll never see another ‘M*A*S*H,’ you’ll never see another ‘Jeffersons,’ you’ll never see another ‘All in the Family.’ Those days are over, ladies and gentlemen, so I guess we’ll have to change up.”
Walker’s comments align with what several other comedians have said recently about the culture of comedy.
As Movieguide® previously reported about Tim Allen:
In a recent sit down with the women of daytime Television, Funnyman Tim Allen told THE VIEW, “[PC culture] is an alarming thing for comedians.”
Tim Allen looks back on how standup comedy has changed through the years, discusses the level of political correctness comedians face today: “It is an alarming thing for comedians.” https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/vmmUxg4sD6
— The View (@TheView) November 26, 2019
Allen joined THE VIEW co-host Joy Behar as they reminisced on their comedy careers, which began in the 1980s.
Allen believes that nowadays he needs to provide too much context to set up his routines.
“What I got to do sometimes is explain, which I hate, in big arenas, that this is a thought police thing, and I do not like it. But when I use these words, this is my intent behind those words.”
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld also complained about the politically correct landscape of comedy.
As Movieguide® previously reported:
“When we did my show in the 90s, it was so easy to make fun of things. It was so easy,” Seinfeld told Amy Schumer.
“You just knew what to do,” Seinfeld continued. “You know the angle you’re going to take and you know it’s going to be fresh and it’s going to be funny.”
SEINFELD, one of the most popular comedies in the 1990s, poked fun at nearly everything people today find offensive – politics, religion, race, gender, romance, and homosexuality, among other topics.
“You know exactly where their head is at,” Seinfeld said of older sitcoms. “We don’t know where anybody’s head is at now. In terms of 300 million people. Where’s their head at?”
This is not the first time Seinfeld called out PC culture.
“I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that. But everyone else is kind of, with their calculating—is this the exact right mix? I think that’s—to me it’s anti-comedy,” Seinfeld said in 2015.
“Funny is the world that I live in. You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that,” Seinfeld said in 2014. “It’s more about PC nonsense than ‘Are you making us laugh or not?’”