“Mr Bean” is furious at political correctness and censorship

Published 22 June 2022 at 17.09

– In a truly free society, you should be allowed to joke about just about anything.

So says Rowan Atkinson in an interview with Irish Times.

Comedy should be offensive, or at least “have the potential” to be offensive, states the now 67-year-old comedian, who is currently with the Netflix series “Man vs Bee”.

– I think you have to be very, very careful about dictating what you can and must not joke about, he says.

Atkinson also attacks the idea that comedy should kick “upwards”.

– What if it is about an extremely complacent, arrogant and aggressive person who happens to be in a lower stratum of society. They do not all sit in parliament or in royal castles, he says.

Rowan Atkinson has previously committed himself to censorship and cancel culture. In the twentieth century, he campaigned to change the law in Britain and get rid of a ban on religious insults. In the summer of 2020, he signed a petition against a proposed new law against “hate crimes” in Scotland.

Source: Fria Tider by www.friatider.se.

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