In an appearance on the “Grant and Danny” radio show, Charles Barkley ripped cancel culture and said bosses that bow to it are cowards.
As The Hill reports:
Barkley accused “politically correct people” of ruining the fun he used to have on his show.
“We can’t even have fun anymore. We’ve had fun all these years, and now all of a sudden, in the last year and a half, everybody’s trying to get everybody fired, and it really sucks,” Barkley said.
The host said he and his colleagues used to spice up boring games with social commentary and lighthearted jokes — but not anymore.
“Nobody’s watching this game. Our relatives (are) not even watching this show after this. And then, so about 1 o’clock, you’re like, ‘Man, I’m going to say something just to have some fun.’ But like I said, now you really have to think about all the fun stuff you used to say,” he said.
Barkley said when he first entered the profession, there was an understanding people had differences, but they could set those aside and professionally “agree to disagree.” But not anymore. “They’re coming for your head, and a lot of our bosses are cowards,” he said.
Barkley also noted that he intends to retire in two years and just hopes to make it that long before he’s fired.
Almost everyone except the far left complains about cancel culture these days, but not as many people touch on the important point that Charles Barkley alluded to in his appearance. Cancel culture makes everyone boring. We live in a country crying out for original thoughts and authenticity, but we’re drowning in cookie-cutter comments and outrage culture. Know why? Because in a world where a five-year-old comment or bad joke can ruin your life, people can’t afford to take chances.
It’s also worth noting that cancel culture is being driven by a tiny group of unhappy, dysfunctional, perpetually outraged people. Their power comes almost entirely from their ability to bluff people and corporations into doing what they want. The reality is if you tell these people to get lost, most people will applaud you, not boo. Charles Barkley understands that and so do most of the rest of us. If more corporations and institutions understood it as well, we could get rid of cancel culture once and for all.
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