‘McCarthyism’: Jon Lovitz rips ‘cancel culture’ and warns of negative impact on comedy

Comedian Jon Lovitz added his name to the list of celebrities who have spoken out against “cancel culture” and warned of its negative impact on the comedy world.

“I’ll just say it: It’s no different than McCarthyism,” comedian Jon Lovitz said during an interview earlier this week, referencing the 1950s blacklisting of alleged communist allies.

While some of Lovitz’s fellow comedians are downplaying the effects of cancel culture, he said that the movement puts unnecessary restraints on the comedy world.

“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,’” he said, admitting there is “a difference between making jokes and being outright mean.” The only people who should be canceled are those who are offended by jokes, who Lovitz encouraged to stop attending comedy shows.

“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 said.

The Saturday Night Live alumnus also addressed the controversy surrounding actor Bryan Callen, who has been accused by four women of rape and sexual misconduct.

Read the full story in the Washington Examiner

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