Katt Williams recently sat down for an interview on The Joe Budden Podcast and challenged comedians to adapt to modern attitudes, saying they should be more sensitive to people’s feelings. Referring specifically to the concept now known as cancel culture, Williams said there is no problem with the idea because it forces entertainers to be held accountable for their words, Deadline reported.
“Some of these things are for the benefit of everything,” the comedian said. “Nobody likes the speed limit, but it’s necessary. Nobody likes the shoulder of the road, but it’s there for a reason. My point is, [people] weren’t all that extremely funny back when they could say whatever they wanted to say.”
The 49-year-old also took issue with the term, cancel culture, which has become a popular rally cry among conservative groups in particular who are frustrated with being forced to avoid racist, bigoted language and actions.
“At the end of the day, there’s no cancel culture. Cancellation doesn’t have its own culture,” Williams said, adding that in the past offensive jokes were often just attacks against marginalized people. “That was people without a voice being trashed by people just because they had a bigger name than them and more money than them and a better office than them, they could sweep them under the rug like they didn’t matter.”
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The veteran comic urged his peers to stop using language that would be clearly viewed as derogatory.
“If all that’s going to happen is that we have to be more sensitive in the way that we talk, isn’t that what we want anyway?” he said. “I’m saying, your job as a comedian is to please the most amount of people with your art. Don’t call somebody this word when you know it affects all of these people.”
To those who can’t follow the rules, Williams suggested they find a different job.
“If these are the confines that keep you from doing the craft God put you to, then it probably ain’t for you,” he said.
Williams also reminded his colleagues that they will not be missed if they can’t adapt.
“I don’t know what people got cancelled that we wish we had back. Who are they,” he said. “It’s done for the reasons it’s done for and it helped who it helped.”
As Blavity previously reported, iconic actor LeVar Burton also discussed the concept of cancel culture last month when he spoke with political columnist and TV personality, Meghan McCain, on The View. The host first asked Burton to express his thoughts about the controversial decision from Dr. Seuss Enterprises, which recently stopped publishing six children’s books due to racist and insensitive imagery.
“I think it’s misnamed,” the actor said as he talked about the phrase. “That’s a misnomer. I think we have a consequence culture, and that consequences are finally encompassing everybody in this society, whereas they haven’t been ever in this country.”