Rowan Atkinson is the latest aging comedian to bemoan cancel culture. The star famous for his character of Mr. Bean likened cancel-happy social media to a "medieval mob."
“The problem we have online is that an algorithm decides what we want to see, which ends up creating a simplistic, binary view of society. It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be ‘cancelled’,” Atkinson said in an interview with Radio Times.
Atkinson, who has played the largely mute Bean for decades, didn't appear to see the irony of his being mad about the possibility of being silenced.
“It’s important that we’re exposed to a wide spectrum of opinion, but what we have now is the digital equivalent of the medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn. So it is scary for anyone who’s a victim of that mob and it fills me with fear about the future," he said.
Atkinson's opinion puts him in league with Jerry Seinfeld and Dave Chappelle, marquee names who have spoken out against the idea of "cancel culture." As the phenomenon is mostly internet-based, that's exactly where fans went to vent their views on Atkinson taking up this particular gripe.
Commandeering the p.a. system on the subway to announce that Mr. Bean star Rowan Atkinson has weighed in on "cancel culture."
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) January 5, 2021
Rowan Atkinson: "I have some brief but nuanced concerns to share about the nature of polarization and the tendency of rushing to anger in the era of social media."
Twitter: "Shut your fucking ass up, Mr. Bean, you piece of shit." pic.twitter.com/JXKh7kOyuE
— Edward Carney (@Edward_Carney) January 5, 2021
Rowan Atkinson claiming cancel culture’s out of control so why the fuck are these cunts on literally every paper, radio station and tv channel going pic.twitter.com/9q7I9PZeBy
— Sid (@HertsSid) January 5, 2021
If "cancel culture" was what people like Rowan Atkinson claims it is then they wouldn't be able to complain about it in several national newspapers. Everyone who complains about it still have a massive platform and the ability to complain about it in media
— Kaskahausen (@TanukiJessica) January 5, 2021
Interesting how celebrity diatribes against "cancel culture", as per the tedious missive from Rowan Atkinson today, never takes aim at right wingers like Allison Pearson who actively tried to get a member of the public the sack for daring to challenge her.
— Phil BC (@philbc3) January 5, 2021
people defending mr bean like “you don’t know his other work.” like sure, lou bega probably had songs besides mambo #5 but he’s still the mambo #5 guy.
— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) January 5, 2021