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Steve Harvey blasts 'cancel culture,' says 'political correctness has killed comedy' — and won't do another stand-up special unless it's his last one
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Steve Harvey blasts 'cancel culture,' says 'political correctness has killed comedy' — and won't do another stand-up special unless it's his last one

Steve Harvey blasted "cancel culture" during the Television Critics Association press tour while promoting his new courtroom series "Judge Steve Harvey," Variety reported, adding that Harvey rattled off a long list of comics no longer allowed to say what they want for fear of losing their careers.

What are the details?

In fact, Harvey said he can't do a stand-up special anymore unless it's his last one.

“The only way I can do one more special is if it’s at the end of my television career because it will end my television career,” he noted, according to Variety. “We’re in the cancel culture now. No stand-up that is sponsor-driven can say anything he wants to. Chris Rock can’t. Kevin Hart can’t. Cedric the Entertainer can’t. D.L. Hughley can’t. I can go down the list. The only person that can say what they want to say on stage is Dave Chappelle because he’s not sponsor-driven. He’s subscription-driven.”

As readers of TheBlaze know, the left began attacking Chappelle as transphobic last fall over jokes he told in his comedy special, "The Closer," and as a result the likes of Alyssa Milano insisted Netflix yank the special, enraged leftists physically attacked a Chappelle supporter during a protest against Netflix, and teenagers who attend Chappelle's alma mater high school — which has benefitted from financial gifts from the comedian — called Chappelle a "bigot" to his face.

'Political correctness has killed comedy'

“If I had tried to continue as a stand-up, there’s no way I could maintain it,” Harvey added to reporters, Variety said. “Political correctness has killed comedy. Every joke you tell now, it hurts somebody’s feelings. But what people don’t understand about comedians is that a joke has to be about something. It has to be about somebody. We can’t write jokes about puppies all the time. The joke can’t be about bushes all the time. Some of these jokes will have to be about people, because that’s the most interesting topic. So if I come back, I’ll have to wait until I’m done. And I’m not done. I want to do one more. I’ll probably have to call it ‘This Is It.’"

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Dave Urbanski

Dave Urbanski

Sr. Editor, News

Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News and has been writing for Blaze News since 2013. He has also been a newspaper reporter, a magazine editor, and a book editor. He resides in New Jersey. You can reach him at durbanski@blazemedia.com.
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