Ricky Gervais wants to live long enough to see young people canceled by next generation

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By stefan armitage

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Ricky Gervais has once again spoken out about 'cancel culture', this time admitting that he wants to live long enough to see "the younger generation not be woke enough for the next generation."

Speaking about the issue on his podcast Absolutely Mental - in which he questions friend and neuroscientist Sam Harris - the 62-year-old actor and comedian commented on how ever-progressing ideologies will result in today's young people getting canceled by the generation that follows them.

The Office co-creator explained:

"I want to live long enough to see the younger generation not be woke enough for the next generation. It’s going to happen. Don’t they realize that, it’s like, they’re next. That’s what’s funny."

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Gervais then added: "We kicked out the old guard. We did it. There’s only so woke and liberal you can get and then you start going the other way. But it’s inevitable."

This is not the first time the After Life star has commented on cancel culture.

Last year, Gervais told Metro: "Everyone’s got a different definition of cancel culture.

"If it is choosing not to watch a comedian because you don’t like them, that’s everyone’s right. But when people are trying to get someone fired because they don’t like their opinion about something that’s nothing to do with their job, that’s what I call cancel culture and that’s not cool.

"You turning off your own TV isn’t censorship. You trying to get other people to turn off their TV, because you don’t like something they’re watching, that’s different."

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And in a 2020 interview with talkRadio, the Extras star went as far as to call cancel culture a "weird sort of fascism" that's centered around people not knowing "what you can say and what you can't say".

Explaining his point, Gervais continued: "It's a really weird thing that there's this new trendy myth that people who want free speech want it to say awful things all the time, which just isn't true. It protects everyone…

"The two catastrophic problems with the term 'hate speech' is, one; What constitutes hate speech? Everyone disagrees. There's no consensus on what hate speech is.

"Two, who decides? And there’s the real rub because obviously the people who think they want to close down free speech because it's bad are the fascists. It's a really weird, mixed-up idea that these people hide behind a shield of goodness."

In other Ricky Gervais news, viewers of The Golden Globes are begging for Ricky Gervais to host again next year after Jo Koy took on the gig this month.

And it wasn't because Gervais took home the award for Best Standup Special -- it was because his presenting skills were dearly missed.

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Jo Koy's hosting of the Golden Globes didn't sit well with fans. Credit: Lionel Hahn/Getty

Last night's 81st Golden Globe Awards boasted the usual pomp and circumstance of a star-studded event. Held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, the evening saw many fan favorites win big - including Cillian Murphy as Best Actor for Oppenheimer and Barbie for Cinematic and Box Office Achievement.

However, one person who viewers struggled to get behind was this year's host, Jo Koy.

In defense of the 52-year-old comedian, Koy admitted in his opening monologue that he only landed the gig 10 days ago - meaning his material probably wasn't as polished as he'd have liked.

Just take a look below:

But after describing Barbie as a movie about a "plastic doll with big boobies" and leaving Taylor Swift looking very unimpressed after joking about her NFL appearances, it's safe to say that Koy didn't have a great day at the office.

Featured image credit:  Nicholas Hunt / Getty

Ricky Gervais wants to live long enough to see young people canceled by next generation

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By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

Ricky Gervais has once again spoken out about 'cancel culture', this time admitting that he wants to live long enough to see "the younger generation not be woke enough for the next generation."

Speaking about the issue on his podcast Absolutely Mental - in which he questions friend and neuroscientist Sam Harris - the 62-year-old actor and comedian commented on how ever-progressing ideologies will result in today's young people getting canceled by the generation that follows them.

The Office co-creator explained:

"I want to live long enough to see the younger generation not be woke enough for the next generation. It’s going to happen. Don’t they realize that, it’s like, they’re next. That’s what’s funny."

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Credit: Handout / Getty

Gervais then added: "We kicked out the old guard. We did it. There’s only so woke and liberal you can get and then you start going the other way. But it’s inevitable."

This is not the first time the After Life star has commented on cancel culture.

Last year, Gervais told Metro: "Everyone’s got a different definition of cancel culture.

"If it is choosing not to watch a comedian because you don’t like them, that’s everyone’s right. But when people are trying to get someone fired because they don’t like their opinion about something that’s nothing to do with their job, that’s what I call cancel culture and that’s not cool.

"You turning off your own TV isn’t censorship. You trying to get other people to turn off their TV, because you don’t like something they’re watching, that’s different."

size-full wp-image-1263243851
Credit: Nicholas Hunt / Getty

And in a 2020 interview with talkRadio, the Extras star went as far as to call cancel culture a "weird sort of fascism" that's centered around people not knowing "what you can say and what you can't say".

Explaining his point, Gervais continued: "It's a really weird thing that there's this new trendy myth that people who want free speech want it to say awful things all the time, which just isn't true. It protects everyone…

"The two catastrophic problems with the term 'hate speech' is, one; What constitutes hate speech? Everyone disagrees. There's no consensus on what hate speech is.

"Two, who decides? And there’s the real rub because obviously the people who think they want to close down free speech because it's bad are the fascists. It's a really weird, mixed-up idea that these people hide behind a shield of goodness."

In other Ricky Gervais news, viewers of The Golden Globes are begging for Ricky Gervais to host again next year after Jo Koy took on the gig this month.

And it wasn't because Gervais took home the award for Best Standup Special -- it was because his presenting skills were dearly missed.

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Jo Koy's hosting of the Golden Globes didn't sit well with fans. Credit: Lionel Hahn/Getty

Last night's 81st Golden Globe Awards boasted the usual pomp and circumstance of a star-studded event. Held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, the evening saw many fan favorites win big - including Cillian Murphy as Best Actor for Oppenheimer and Barbie for Cinematic and Box Office Achievement.

However, one person who viewers struggled to get behind was this year's host, Jo Koy.

In defense of the 52-year-old comedian, Koy admitted in his opening monologue that he only landed the gig 10 days ago - meaning his material probably wasn't as polished as he'd have liked.

Just take a look below:

But after describing Barbie as a movie about a "plastic doll with big boobies" and leaving Taylor Swift looking very unimpressed after joking about her NFL appearances, it's safe to say that Koy didn't have a great day at the office.

Featured image credit:  Nicholas Hunt / Getty