The Outrage Mob has put quite a lot of time and energy into trying to cancel comedians.

And comedian Seth Rogen thinks they kind of have a point, actually:


The question prompted Rogen to discuss the relationship between cancel culture and comedy, as many comedians have been forced to reckon with dated jokes that are no longer appropriate in the present day. Rogen said, “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.”

When asked by “Good Morning Britain” hosts if he would have to search through his Twitter feed to delete controversial jokes made in the past, Rogen responded, “I was never a comedian that made jokes that were truly designed to target groups that were subjugated in some way. Have we done that without realizing it? Definitely. 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.”

“But in my Twitter, I’ve never made a joke that’s outwardly horrific in some way, and if you have, I would question why you did that,” Rogen concluded. “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.”

Seth Rogen has said some pretty nasty things.

He wasn’t joking there, so maybe that one doesn’t belong.

But this one does:

That joke was stale at the time he made it, and as far as we know, he has never acknowledged it was terrible.

We don’t have much sympathy for comedians — or anyone — who complain about cancel culture after supporting the cancellation of other people. But that doesn’t mean that cancel culture is just something people should have to accept and revolve their lives around.

As a comedian with a considerable platform, Seth Rogen has a golden opportunity to take a stand against cancel culture. Instead, he’s elected to pander to the mob in the hopes they won’t come for him someday.

Which doesn’t make him stunning and brave so much as it makes him a coward.