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Steve Harvey Slams Cancel Culture: 'Political Correctness Has Killed Comedy'

Steve Harvey Slams Cancel Culture: 'Political Correctness Has Killed Comedy'

Steve Harvey is speaking out against cancel culture.

During an appearance at the Television Critics Association to promote his new series Judge Steve Harvey, the television host said that it would be impossible for him to do a comedy special given the current cultural climate.

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“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,” he said, per Variety. “We’re in the cancel culture now. No stand-up that is sponsor-driven 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-driven.”

Dave Chapelle faced backlash last year for making transphobic comments his new special The Closer, leading hundreds of Netflix employees to stage a walk out and call for the streamer to remove it from the platform.

Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos ultimately stood by the comedian and did not pull the special from the streaming service. It was recently announced that Dave would appear at Netflix’s upcoming comedy festival, Netflix Is a Joke.

“If I had tried to continue as a stand-up, there’s no way I could maintain it,” he continued. “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. 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. So if I come back, I’ll have to wait until I’m done. And I’m not done. I want to do one more. I’ll probably have to call it This Is It.

Another famous comedian called out cancel culture last summer.

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