Ricky Gervais Tears Apart 'Cancel Culture' In New Interview: It's Like 'Road Rage'

Ricky Gervais has never been afraid to hold back, regardless of what people might say about him, and that stick-to-itness is a huge reason the comedian and actor has found his way into the hearts of so many fans around the world.

Ricky recently spoke out against the idea of cancel culture on a new podcast episode.

“The scary thing is being canceled if you say the wrong thing and suddenly Netflix can take you off their platform," Ricky began.

“You could be the most woke, politically correct stand-up in the world at the moment, but you don’t know what it’s going to be like in 10 years time. You can get canceled for things you said 10 years ago," Ricky told hosts Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett.

However, Ricky explained that being canceled is not the same as being criticized.

“The misunderstanding about cancel culture is some people think you should be able to say anything you want without consequences and that’s not true because we’re members of society and people are allowed to criticize you,” Ricky added.

"They’re allowed to not buy your things, they’re allowed to burn your DVDs and they’re allowed to turn the telly off."

"What they’re not allowed to do is to bully other people into not going to see you," Ricky clarified.

Ricky also explained that social media has made the problem worse. "Twenty years ago, if you were offended by someone on television you got a pen and paper and you went, ‘Dear BBC…’ Now you fire off a tweet and that tweet goes on the [expletive] news.”

Ricky said it was like "road rage."

“It’s things happening too fast that you can’t take back. People dig in and people want to be heard. People want to feel they have an effect. It’s why people heckle a comedian. They want to feel they were there. Now people are heard.”

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h/t: Smartless