Cancel Culture ‘Not Cool’ If Mobs Try To Get People Fired, Gervais Says

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Cancel culture is ‘not cool’, especially if it involves groups of people campaigning to get others fired from their jobs, Ricky Gervais believes.

The comedian, 59, has always been outspoken about free speech and the importance of people being able to have conflicting opinions.

He often addresses the issue on social media and is of the belief that people who are against alternative opinion, are also against free speech.

Cancel culture is ‘not cool’, especially if it involves groups of people campaigning to get others fired from their jobs, Ricky Gervais believes. Pic: Startraks Photo/REX

Gervais holds the same opinion about cancel culture, which he thinks often crosses in situations where people’s livelihoods are affected.

Speaking to Metro, Ricky said: ‘If it is choosing not to watch a comedian because you don’t like them, that’s everyone’s right.

‘But when people are trying to get someone fired because they don’t like their opinion about something that’s nothing to do with their job, that’s what I call cancel culture and that’s not cool.’

‘If you don’t agree to someone’s right to say something you don’t agree with, you don’t agree with freedom of speech.’

He went on to say that having good things in common with bad people, doesn’t mean you’re a bad person or that you subscribe to the bad traits of the bad person.

The comedian, 59, has always been outspoken about free speech and the importance of people being able to have conflicting opinions. Pic: Ken McKay/ITV/REX

‘You are allowed to have things in common with bad people as long it’s not the bad things,’ he said.

‘I’m a vegetarian and I love dogs, like Hitler. But the only thing I have in common with Hitler are the good bits!’

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