Comedian and actor, Broderick Stephen Harvey, Sr known popularly as Steve Harvey has expressed dissatisfaction in the rate at which cancel culture is affecting the comedy industry. The popular celebrity made the remarks on the issue whilst promoting his new series themed “judge Steve Harvey.”
Steve told reporters that, “We’re in the cancel culture now […] Nobody can say anything he wants to. 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.”
The actor who has for some time now put a hold on standup comedy said he wouldn’t have maintained such style of comedy in this era of over sensitivity to content. “If I had tried to continue as a stand-up, there’s no way I could maintain it because political correctness has killed comedy, has killed it,” he said.
He stated further that, “every joke now, it hurts somebody’s feelings. What people don’t understand about comedians is that a joke has to be about something. It has to be about somebody. We can’t write jokes about puppies all the time.”
“The joke can’t be about bushes all the time. Some of these jokes have to be about people because that’s the most interesting topic. So if I come back, I have to wait until I’m done [with my TV career]. And I’m not done. I’d have to call it This Is It or something like that.” He added.