Going against other comedians like Katt Williams and Seth Rogen, who claim that cancel culture either does not even exist or that it is not effective at all, Jon Lovitz, another famous comedian, made the argument this past week that cancel culture is the new McCarthyism.
Speaking out in an interview with Page Six, Lovitz stated that the internet instigates witch hunts that dredge up people’s past issues or slights and use them as weapons to try and destroy their lives. He goes on to say that this is no different from the Red Scare and the Hollywood blacklist seen back in the 1950s.
“I’ll just say it, it’s no different than McCarthyism,” Lovitz stated.
Seeming to join the chorus of complaints that we see from other comedians, Lovitz stated that the job of satirizing society and pointing its hypocrisies has become extremely dangerous and hard to do in this new age of cancel culture.
“As soon as you say to a comedian like me, ‘You can’t say that,’ the first thing in my head is, ‘Oh, and now I have to,’” Lovitz pressed, going on to add that there is “a difference between making jokes and being outright mean.”
“If you don’t have the ability to laugh at yourself, don’t go to a comedy club. I’m not changing my act. If you’re watching TV and you don’t like the show, change the channel. It’s very simple,” he exclaimed in exasperation.
Lovitz even went on to state the argument that “The Goldbergs” actor Bryan Callen should not have been cancelled over the piece from the Los Angeles Times back in 2020 that accused him of sexual misconduct and rape. “Callen, 54, has vehemently denied the sex accusations against him, which included one woman who said the comic raped her after dinner at his home, another who said he assaulted her in an American Apparel, a third who said he tried to get her to perform a sex act in exchange for cash and stage time, and a fourth who said she felt ‘devalued’ while she dated him,” reported Page Six.
“He should not be cancelled. It’s horrible,” stated Lovitz. “I remember reading the article and thought it was ridiculous. One girl said she was 24 and he was 42. She was his girlfriend for three years and she says, ‘I’m 32 now, he should have known better.’ Known what better? You’re 24 to 27, you’re not a kid. What did he do? He had a girlfriend who was younger? So? I like women that are younger, not illegal, most guys do.”
“When someone does something really horrible, raping someone, of course, you should be in prison, obviously, but stuff like a girl is on a bad date or the relationship ends and she’s mad that it ended because she got dumped, come on!” he continued.