Family FeudSteve Harvey, host of The Harvey Report sees the signs. Recent interview: Steve Harvey Show star recently claimed that cancel culture has “killed comedy.”
Harvey’s comments against cancel culture – that pernicious cultural phenomenon that seeks to silence those who express an opinion contrary to leftist values – came during a press tour with the Television Critics Association.
Harvey, touring to promote his new daytime courtroom show “Judge Steve Harvey,” addressed a question as to whether he’d ever do a stand-up comedy special in the near future. Harvey denied that he had any intention of doing so because he thinks he’d get canceled over it, and mentioned that if he ever did one, it would have to be at the end of his career so it wouldn’t matter if he got canceled.
“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,” Harvey said. “We’re in the cancel culture now.”
It’s sad to hear, but it’s the truth. If Harvey had to tell one joke, it would be mocking any other straight white man. This would be the joke. There would be hit pieces everywhere, and Harvey most likely wouldn’t have his courtroom show anymore.
Harvey cited a few famous comedians who were canceled because of their irreverent jokes to support his claims.
“No stand-up that is sponsor-driven can say anything he wants to,” the “Original Kings of Comedy” star said. “Chris Rock can’t. Kevin Hart can’t. Cedric the Entertainer can’t. D.L. Hughley can’t. I can go down the list.”
Harvey mentioned that the only comedian who could survive cancel culture is Dave Chapelle, because he’s “subscription-based” as opposed to sponsor-based.
“The only person that can say what they want to say on stage is Dave Chappelle because he’s not sponsor-driven,” Harvey continued. “He’s subscription-driven.”
Chappelle struggled even when he was successful. His comments about the LGBTQ community in his Netflix show, “The Closer,” led to a struggle session that culminated with a small protest by Netflix employees. However, Chappelle’s popularity is huge for streaming giant Netflix so the company decided that it would stand behind him.
Harvey pulled no punches in describing cancel culture and political correctness, saying, “Political correctness has killed comedy. Every joke you tell now, it hurts somebody’s feelings.”
He insisted comedy must be aimed at a specific audience.
“But what people don’t understand about comedians is that a joke has to be about something,” said Harvey. “It has to be about somebody.”
“We can’t write jokes about puppies all the time,” he added. “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.”
Harvey concluded, “So if I come back, I’ll have to wait until I’m done. And I’m not done. There’s one more thing I would like to do. I’ll probably have to call it ‘This Is It.’”
Well, we’re glad Harvey’s speaking the truth. This indictment is so harsh on PC/cancel culture that he may not be able to wait to get the heat from his future special.