Time and taste don’t always match.
One of the things I love about Seth Rogen is that he doesn’t shy away from difficult questions. In a recent interview on Good morning Great Britain to promote his book, YearbookRogen took comedy and jokes head-on.
After being asked about material and jokes he wrote years ago, the comedian said, “There are certain jokes that certainly haven’t aged well, but I think that’s the nature of comedy. I think conceptually these films are sound, and I think there is a reason why they took as long as people are still watching and enjoying them today. Jokes aren’t things that are necessarily built to last. ”
Rogen continued, “When I see comedians complaining about such things, I don’t understand what they are complaining about. If you’ve made a joke that has aged terribly, accept it. And if you don’t think it’s aged terribly, say so. “
Rogen said acceptance is better than complaining that tastes and times change.
“It’s not worth it for me to complain to the same extent that other comedians complain,” said Rogen.
I think this is a major shift in the way many mainstream comedy people have seen the cancel culture. Far too often we’ve heard that comedy isn’t possible because people are scared of being canceled. In fact, however, time changes tastes and improves cultural understanding.
After being asked by Good morning Great Britain Host, if Rogen had to search Twitter to clear his controversial jokes, Rogen said, “I’ve never been a comedian who made jokes that were really aimed at audiences who were subjugated in any way. Did we do that without even realizing it? Certainly. And those things are in our films and they’re out there, and I’m more than happy to say they haven’t aged well. ”
Rogen continued, “But I’ve never made a joke on my Twitter that is outwardly terrible in any way, and if so, I would ask why you did that.”
Rogen said writers should face their mistakes.
“It is bad to say terrible things. So if you said something terrible, you should confront it in some way, shape, or form, ”he said. “I don’t think that’s a demolition culture. You say something terrible when you do that. ”
Of course, times change and the hilarious company that is funny can now lead to scratches. Nobody says you can’t be funny today, but you have to be okay with taking things back or speaking up later. There are offensive or mean expressions that come out with bad taste or anger that aren’t really weird, so people aren’t dropped for jokes, but because they’re idiots.
There are a lot of nuances here, but I think Rogen is right. If you want to do a comedy, you have to apologize later or own what material doesn’t age well.
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