Jerrod Carmichael slams culture, says it’s for ‘boring people’

Comedian Jerrod Carmichael doesn’t find Cancel culture funny — unless you make it so.

During a recent Hollywood Reporter roundtable with fellow comics Michael Che, Bowen Yang, Will Forte and Jake Johnson, stand-up rep “Rothaniel” spoke out on abandonment culture.

“It’s not real. The boogeyman doesn’t exist,” Carmichael said. “We have to get over that. If you do something wrong in your private life, you should go to jail. Like a real prison. And then everything else is like, ‘What are we talking about?’”

Carmichael continued, “When you’re making art and there’s a fight or whatever, that’s part of it, but the cancellation thing, I think that’s just to give boring people something interesting to talk about, like.” a ghost villain.”

Carmichael also said on radio station Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning talk show June 2 that comedians are free to choose whether or not to engage in the debate about abort culture.

“The comedians who are waging this war of their own making, I see. It’s good for ticket sales and it’s good to have an opponent,” he said. “I always believed this whole annulment thing was made up. The court of public opinion has no prison. Any criticism is probably a good sign that you are interesting in some way. But the fact that people think they can be canceled is wrong. Harvey Weinstein wasn’t canceled, he went to jail. R. Kelly went to prison. That is Prison. Everyone else is on tour. Maybe certain green spaces feel like a prison, but this is not a prison.”

He added: “It gets stubborn at some point. It’s like kids saying, ‘why are you mad at me?’ A lot of it is self-made.”

The ‘On the Count of Three’ director recently addressed past jokes about the LGBTQ+ community after coming out as gay earlier this year.

“I’m sure some of the things about my life that I deeply regret were a product of self-loathing and denial of who I really am,” Carmichael said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in May. “So I think the material and a lot of those things, when I wasn’t talking about myself I was talking about everyone else outside of myself and just throwing punches and rockets as much as I could. All smoke bombs, all like distractions from who I really was and what I was afraid of.”

Carmichael also said there is “an obsession” in the comedy world with making gay jokes. But comedians “can talk about anything they want,” he clarified. “It’s your hour, it’s your venue, it’s your shit.”

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