Actor Rowan Atkinson will always be remembered for playing Mr Bean and he speaks volumes about what comedians should do.
mr bean he is a very charismatic character who had a series, an animation program and several movies, he played it Rowan Atkinson in a masterful way since he was clumsy, peculiar and got into strange situations, but his almost always physical humor and his charisma mean that he is still remembered today.
Now Rowan Atkinson will launch a series of Netflix where a man will fight a bee and get in a lot of trouble for it. So he won’t differ much from what he did with mr bean. In a recent interview, the actor wanted to give his opinion of the cancellation culture.
“It seems to me that the job of comedy is to offend, or have the potential to offend, and it can’t be drained. Every prank has a victim. That is the definition of a joke. Someone, something, or an idea is made to look ridiculous.
“I think you have to be very, very careful about what you can make jokes about. Do you always have to get up? Really? What if there is someone who is extremely conceited, arrogant, aggressive, self-satisfied, who is below society? They are not all in the houses of parliament or in the monarchies. There are many extremely conceited and self-satisfied people in what would be considered the lowest in society, who also deserve to be raised. In a proper free society people should be able to joke about anything.” concluded Rowan Atkinsonmythical mr bean.
What do you think? Do you think humor has an open bar or are there taboo topics? It really is a most interesting debate and many times people change their minds depending on the topic and the affinity with the canceled character.