We don’t respect those who flip-flop, we don’t like those who are hypocritical, but when it comes to cowardice, well, cowardice is universally looked down upon.
Sadly, now many of us are looking down upon Jay Leno.
A number of comedians have spoken out against cancel culture in recent years, including Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Burr, David Spade, Kevin Hart, Michael Che, and Ricky Gervais. But there’s one comic who doesn’t think the trend of funnymen and women losing jobs for politically incorrect jokes is a problem — Jay Leno.
The former host of “The Tonight Show” told the Los Angeles Times that stand-up acts have always had to adapt to the new norms, saying, “You either change with the times, or you die.”
He argued that today is no different.
“When I do a gig in Utah and they’ll go, ‘Look, we don’t want any drug jokes, we don’t want any sex jokes,’ I go, ‘OK, I’ll take those out’ and I do something else,” he said, adding, “With the #MeToo movement, all of a sudden the sexist jokes everybody used to do, you can’t do anymore … You adapt to the circumstances.”
Leno did promise though that the non-partisan approach fans have come to expect from him will continue as he starts his new gig, hosting a revival of the game show, “You Bet Your Life.”
What on your thoughts on Leno’s refusal to admit that Cancel Culture is a problem? Let me know in the comments.
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