Comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan railed against the rapid escalation of aggressive wokeism Thursday for spoiling good comedy and silencing those who don’t fit the characteristics of favored groups under the progressive mold of victimhood.
On his program with fellow stand-up comic Joe List, Rogan complained comedy today suffers from risk-aversion to cancel culture, where jokes made even ten years ago would be career-ending in today’s environment.
“Can you make a good comedy movie anymore, or have they made it so dangerous in terms of being canceled, that comedy movies are no longer something you can do?” Rogan said, highlighting how films such as “Superbad” likely wouldn’t survive in 2021 without detrimental scrutiny.
“You can never be woke enough,” Rogan went on.
It keeps going. It keeps going further and further and further down the line, and if you get to the point where you capitulate, where you agree to all these demands, it’ll eventually get to – straight white men are not allowed to talk. Because it’s your privilege to express yourself when other people of color have been silenced throughout history.
Eventually, Rogan prophesized, highlighting the direction of leftism at breakneck speed, “It will be, you’re not allowed to go outside, because so many people were imprisoned … I’m not joking, it really will get there. It’s that crazy.”
As cable news ratings slide, Rogan’s podcast was the most listened to in 2020 with more than 190 million downloads every month. Last year, the Austin-based podcast which migrated to the Lone Star State from Los Angeles was acquired by Spotify for $100 million.