Cancel culture is like a medieval mob: Mr. Bean blasts the woke brigade and social media giants for increasing polarization
5 Jan, 2021 11:38
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British comedy icon Rowan Atkinson has said online mob justice makes him fear for the future and lashed out at the algorithmically generated outrage perpetuated by social media platforms.
In a recent interview with the Radio Times magazine, Atkinson, 65, described online cancel culture as the digital equivalent of the medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn, while detailing what he perceives as the increasing polarization of the world and how its exacerbated by online discourse.
Atkinson previously fell foul of the woke crowd when he manned the battlements in the culture war to champion the cause of free speech, and the right to offend and to criticise even the most sacred cultural institutions.
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The problem we have online is that an algorithm decides what we want to see, which ends up creating a simplistic, binary view of society, Atkinson said, adding that its important to be exposed to a wide spectrum of opinion in the modern world.
It becomes a case of either youre with us or against us, and if youre against us, you deserve to be canceled, he opined.
Atkinsons latest comments received plenty of support online, including from Australian MP Tim Wilson, who described the remarks as a hole in one!
I don't feel like what Rowan Atkinson said is that controversial is it? Who likes cancel culture? We saw how disgusting it was yesterday when a suicidal man begged for his job from a blue ticker while her fans berated him. The cruelty made me feel sick.
Lotty Earns (@lottyburns)