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Seth Rogen on cancel culture: ‘If you’ve made a joke that’s aged terribly, accept it’

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Seth Rogen dismissed the risks posed to comedians by “cancel culture” in today’s society during an interview with “Good Morning Britain” this week, saying he thinks comics should own up to making remarks that don’t age well.

In an interview with the breakfast program to promote his new collection of essays “Yearbook,” Rogen was asked about moments from his own past films that have received new looks or even criticism in recent years.

“There are certain jokes that for sure have not aged well, but I think that’s the nature of comedy,” he said. “I think conceptually those movies are sound, and I think there’s a reason they’ve lasted as far as people still watching and enjoying them today. Jokes are not things that necessarily are built to last.”

“To me when I see comedians complaining about this kind of thing, I don’t understand what they’re complaining about. If you’ve made a joke that’s aged terribly, accept it. And if you don’t think it’s aged terribly, then say that,” he added.

His remarks come as conservatives have increasingly ramped up their criticism of instances of political and media figures facing professional or other consequences for actions or remarks considered offensive by some.

The term cancel culture has been applied to an increasingly wide array of supposed victims, including Roseanne Barr, who was fired from her ABC sitcom over a racist tweet aimed at former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

On Tuesday, former contributor Rick Santorum invoked the phrase while explaining his firing from CNN over comments about Native Americans that the network’s president, Jeff Zucker, and others said were racist in nature.

“Have we done that without realizing it? Definitely,” Rogen said. “And those things are in our movies and they’re out there, and they’re things that I am more than happy to say that they have not aged well.”

He added: “Saying terrible things is bad, so if you’ve said something terrible, then it’s something you should confront in some way, shape, or form. I don’t think that’s cancel culture. That’s you saying something terrible if that’s what you’ve done.”

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