Steve Harvey slams cancel culture, says 'political correctness has killed comedy'
'We're in the cancel culture now. No stand-up that is sponsor-driven can say anything he wants to,' Harvey says
Steve Harvey doesn't believe in 'cancel culture'. The 'Family Feud' host slammed the 'cancel culture' saying that if he does stand-up comedy again, the cancel culture would impact him and his career gravely.
During an event to promote his upcoming show Judge Steve Harvey, the 64-year-old said, "The only way I can do one more special is if it's at the end of my television career because it will end my television career." "We're in the cancel culture now. No stand-up that is sponsor-driven can say anything he wants to," he said as reported by Daily Mail.
He further named some legends from the industry and went on to say, "Chris Rock can't. Kevin Hart can't. Cedric the Entertainer can't. D.L. Hughley can't. I can go down the list. The only person that can say what they want to say on stage is Dave Chappelle because he's not sponsor-driven. He's subscription-driven." Harvey explained that when shows are sponsor-driven, the man cannot actually say what he genuinely wants to. And that is where organic sponsor-driven comedians are in luck.
Steve Harvey noted, "If I had tried to continue as a stand-up, there's no way I could maintain it. Political correctness has killed comedy. Every joke you tell now, it hurts somebody’s feelings. But what people don't understand about comedians is that a joke has to be about something. It has to be about somebody."
He went on to elaborate and explain his point of view by saying, "We can't write jokes about puppies all the time. The joke can't be about bushes all the time. Some of these jokes will have to be about people, because that's the most interesting topic."
A similar situation went down with another legend from the same field Dave Chappelle. Last year, Chappelle faced severe backlash online over his anti-trans jokes in his show 'The Closer' Addressing this Netflix special, he said, "Gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on earth. That is a fact. Now, I am not saying that to say trans women aren't women, I am just saying that those p***ies that they got… you know what I mean? I'm not saying it's not p***y, but it's Beyond P***y or Impossible P***y. It tastes like p***y, but that's not quite what it is, is it? That's not blood. That's beet juice."