'Sex And The City' Star Mario Cantone Slams Cancel Culture: "You Can’t Say Anything'

Jordan Claes
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Cancel Culture is something that those in the entertainment world have become all too familiar with over the past five-plus years. Now, more than ever before, you have to watch what you say and more importantly to whom you're saying it.

In a recent interview with Allison Krugel on the Allison Interviews podcast, actor/comedian Mario Cantone explained how he's fed up with Cancel Culture, and that these days it's as if "You can't say anything."

Mario Cantone is an actor and standup comedian.

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Mario has a long and successful career in Hollywood. Out of all the many roles he's undertaken over the years, he's best known for playing Anthony Marentino on Sex and The City.

Recently, Mario made an appearance on the 'Allison Interviews' podcast to discuss (among other things) the way in which "Cancel Culture" influences our society.

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“You can’t say [expletive] anymore. You can’t say anything. They come after you. I wouldn’t want that job. I would never do it,” Cantone said earnestly.

"Joy has stuck her foot in her mouth. Whoopi is one of my closest friends. I adore her, and Joy is too," Mario conveyed.

Mario Cantone and Allison Krugel interview
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Mario is making reference to Joy Behar's controversial Thanksgiving comments wherein she urged gay men and women to come out to their families over the holidays.

In regards to Whoopi Goldberg, Mario is alluding to statements she made regarding the Holocaust.

Whoopi Goldberg in 'Sister Act'
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At the beginning of the month (February 2021), Whoopi was suspended for two weeks for comments she made on a January 31st episode of The View.

"Let’s be truthful about it because Holocaust isn’t about race," Whoopi began.

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"It’s not about race. It’s not about race. It’s about man’s inhumanity to man,” she stated flatly. Not long after the episode aired and the iconic comedian was suspended, she issued a full apology.

Mario admitted that he hadn't read Whoopi's comments, but stood firm in his assertion that she wasn't an antisemite.

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Mario goes on to say that Whoopi doesn't have a hateful bone in her body, that she's always stood up for marginalized people of every color, culture, and creed.

The 'Sex And The City' alum then turned his attention to address the effects of "Cancel Culture" on our society.

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“This cancel culture has ruined entertainment, the world, and comedy," Cantone stated bluntly. "I don’t understand this world anymore, and that is why I don’t really want to do standup anymore."

Mario then began paraphrasing his close friend, Judy Gold, who said being a comedian these days is next to impossible.

Mario Cantone and Willie Garson
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As Mario explained, you simply never know whether a joke or something that you say on stage will inadvertently trigger someone's individual trauma — a reality that he claims is a result of Donald Trump's time spent in the oval office.

"The piggish things that he would say have caused the opposite effect in the extreme liberal world where they shut it down, every little thing someone says," Cantone argues.

Mario Cantone and Joan Rivers
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This massive state of overcorrection doesn't allow any opportunities for growth or as Cantone puts it — "They don't allow a teachable moment."

It's hard to argue with Cantone's logic, especially considering that Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar are just two of many celebrities who have been "canceled."

kid saying cancelled in a hot tub
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In the past 12 months alone, the far left has sought to cancel the likes of Joe Rogan, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Damon, Justin Timberlake, Ellen DeGeneres, and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

No one is denying the fact that people need to atone for their mistakes and be accountable for their actions.

But as Mario argues, it seems as if these days people are actively seeking out things to be "offended" by. "You know what I want to say to these kids?" Mario asked rhetorically. "Toughen the f**k up." It's harsh advice, to be certain — but it might just be exactly what we all need to hear.