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Rowan Atkinson says you should be able to joke about “anything” since it’s “comedy’s job to offend”.

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Rowan Atkinson has claimed it’s “comedy’s job to offend” while criticizing abandonment culture.

The Mr Bean and Johnny English star who returns to screens in a new Netflix series human versus beeHe shared his take on the subject, stating that comedians need to be able to joke about “absolutely anything.”

Atkinson, 67, said that Irish times: “It seems to me that comedy’s job is to offend, or to offend the potential, and that potential cannot be taken from it.”

He continued, “Every joke has a victim. That’s the definition of a joke. Someone or something or an idea is being ridiculed.”

According to the comedian, he believes there’s a very small number of subjects that should be off the table when it comes to comedy.

“I think you have to be very, very careful when you say what you can joke about,” he said, adding, “You always have to kick high? For real? What if there is someone who is extremely smug, arrogant, aggressive, complacent and happens to be at the bottom of society? They do not all sit in Parliament or in monarchies.”

Rowan Atkinson has shared his views on abandonment culture

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Atkinson continued, “There are a lot of extremely smug and complacent people in the lower classes who also deserve to be raised. In a truly free society, you should be allowed to joke about absolutely anything.”

human versus bee will be released on Netflix on June 24th. The series is about a man trying to defeat a cunning bee that is wreaking havoc on an unsuspecting house sitter.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/rowan-atkinson-cancel-culture-netflix-b2104156.html Rowan Atkinson says you should be able to joke about “anything” since it’s “comedy’s job to offend”.

JOE HERNANDEZ

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