Steve Harvey aimed to “cancel culture” while speaking to reporters on Tuesday for the Television Critics Association’s press tour.
The 64-year-old comedian promoting his new comedic courtroom series, Judge Steve Harvey, claimed he could not even film a stand-up special for fear of offending too many people.
He accused the current state of fear among comics of ‘political correctness’ and claimed it had ‘killed comedy’.
Anti-PC: Steve Harvey aimed to “cancel culture” while speaking to reporters on Tuesday for the Television Critics Association’s press release. He blamed ‘political correctness’ for ‘killing comedy’; seen in 2015 in Las Vegas
Harvey said a stand-up special should be the last thing he ever did because it could hurt his career opportunities significantly.
“We are in the culture of cancellation now,” he said. ‘Nobody can say anything he wants – Chris Rock can not, Kevin Hart can not, Cedric the Entertainer can not, DL Hughley can not. I can go down the list. ‘
The Family Feud host said only comics that did not rely on company sponsors could do as they pleased.
‘The only person who can say what they want to say on stage is Dave Chappelle because he is not sponsored. He’s a subscription, “he said, referring to Chappelle’s controversial specials for Netflix, which some viewers have ridiculed for having long stretches of transphobic material.
The conclusion: Harvey said a stand-up special should be the last thing he ever did because it could hurt his career prospects, even though people like Dave Chappelle could still get away with it because of subscription deals; pictured in 2020
‘If I had tried to continue as a stand-up, there is no way I could maintain it, because political correctness has killed the comedy, has killed that, “Harvey continued.” Every joke now, it hurts someone’s feelings. “
The Original Kings Of Comedy star said it was important for comedians to ruffle some feathers if they wanted to make meaningful jokes.
“What people don’t understand about comedians is that a joke has to be about something. It has to be about someone. We can not write jokes about puppies all the time. The joke can not be about bushes all the time, ‘he continued. ‘Some of these jokes 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 [with my TV career]. And I’m not done. I’m gonna have to call it This Is It or something. ‘
However, Harvey did not seem completely taken aback by the development when he described his judge Steve Harvey as ‘the best thing that happened’ to him.
“So one of the reasons I stopped doing stand-up was because my wife told me God was doing something – I had no idea what he was going to do – he wanted to give it to me. [new show], and it turned out to be the best thing that happened to me, ‘he explained.
Close to home: “Every joke now, it hurts someone’s feelings,” he said, before claiming that comedy should be about people, “because it’s the most interesting topic”; pictured in 2019 in Atlanta
Harvey’s new series Judge Steve Harvey is inspired by several TV shows, though his version of the genre will have more overt humor.
“I’m going to do this show for two years and it’s going to be a huge success,” he said. ‘It’s based on my opinion and common sense – and I got a PhD. in it. I am the sum of so many of my challenges. I think the average person just needs to remember that every time you fail, every time you are challenged, it’s not to ruin you, or to hurt you, or to make you give up. All of these things are to prepare you for what you ask God for. ‘
The comedian suggested that previous failures had helped make him even more successful in the long run.
‘I wanted success so I had to be tested. Because on the road to success, you need to understand disappointment. You have to understand attack. You have to understand lawsuits. You have to understand to be misunderstood, ‘he continued. ‘You must be able to speak [about] – no one talks about you if you do nothing. You need to develop tough skin. I just tell people, when you go through challenges, to deal with it, embrace it, pray for it, and pray for the lesson behind it. ‘
Make them laugh! Harvey’s new series Judge Steve Harvey is inspired by several TV shows, though his version of the genre will have more overt humor; seen in 2015 in Las Vegas
The comic icon also talked about what he thought were wrong laws across the country, while clarifying that his new courtroom would not touch on such burdensome topics.
‘Just because it’s the law, does not do it right,’ he added, putting his view on gun protection law.
‘Every law is not a correct law. We have a law in this country that everyone has the right to bear arms. But not everyone should carry a weapon. Not everyone should have a gun. It’s clear to me. Each stand your ground [law] Not everyone should be told to stand on their stand. That’s why I’m happy [my show is] not the type of court. ‘
Judge Steve Harvey began broadcasting earlier this month on ABC.