John Cleese Cancel Culture Show to Confront the ‘Woke Generation’ Rewriting the Rules on What Can and Can’t Be Said

British actor John Cleese delivers a speech as he receives the 'Honorary Heart Of Sarajevo' award for his "extraordinary contribution" to film during the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival late on August 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ELVIS BARUKCIC (Photo credit should read ELVIS BARUKCIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Actor and comedian John Cleese’s upcoming show Cancel Me will confront “cancel culture” and explore “why a new ‘woke’ generation is trying to rewrite the rules on what can and can’t be said.”

John Cleese: Cancel Me is set to air later this year on the United Kingdom’s Channel 4, where the comedian will be interviewing “cancelled” subjects, as well as the activists who have led opposition to various public figures, according to a report by the Guardian. “I’m delighted to have a chance to find out, on camera, about all the aspects of so-called political correctness,” Cleese said in a statement.

“There’s so much I really don’t understand, like: how the impeccable idea of ‘Let’s all be kind to people’ has been developed in some cases ad absurdum,” the baffled comedian added of the bizarre new “cancel” trend that has been plaguing the West in recent years.

“I want to bring the various reasonings right out in the open so that people can be clearer in their minds what they agree with, what they don’t agree with, and what they still can’t make their mind up about,” Cleese said.

On stage left to right: Monty Python members Terry Jones and Michael Palin, director Mike Nichols,Tim Curry who plays the part of King Arthur, and Monty Python members John Cleese and Eric Idle join the cast in a rendition of the song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, during the curtain call for the Broadway premiere of Spamalot in New York, Thursday, March 17, 2005. Spamalot was written by Eric Idle and is directed by Mike Nichols. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

This has not been Cleese’s first time commenting on this new censorship phenomenon.

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Last year, the comedian slammed cancel culture, saying that it puts “emotionally unstable and fragile” people in positions of power. “Everything humorous is critical,” the Monty Python star said at the time. “If you have someone who is perfectly kind and intelligent and flexible and who always behaves appropriately, they’re not funny.”

Last month, Cleese mocked fellow actor Hank Azaria over his apology for voicing the role of Apu on Fox’s The Simpsons. In a sarcastic gesture, Cleese tweeted a pretend apology for making fun of “white English people” in numerous Monty Python sketches.

Other comedians have also called out cancel culture.

In a recent interview with Variety, actor and comedian David Spade warned that wokeness is killing comedy. “One wrong move and you’re canceled,” Spade said of being a comedian in the age of cancel culture.

In May, comedian Dave Chappelle said, “cancel culture shit bothers me,” and called out the “fake woketivists” who try to censor their opposition. In June, comedian Jon Lovitz compared today’s era of cancel culture to McCarthyism.

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Comedian/actor Dave Chappelle performs at Radio City Music Hall on June 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

The world of alterative rock music has also chimed in.

Glenn Danzig, who founded the rock band, Misfits, said this year that his band and “the punk explosion” could never happen today, because of “cancel culture and woke bullshit.” The rocker added, “you won’t have any of those kinds of bands ever again,” because “everyone’s so uptight and P.C.”

Earlier this year, Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon — also known as Johnny Rotten — called “wokeness” a divisive political weapon being wielded by privileged, “tempestuous, spoilt children,” whom the media offer a platform to push their unpopular politically correct opinions.

Psychology professor and author Dr. Jordan Peterson has also weighed in on the subject, stating that “a mark of a free society” is when comedians are able to “push the edge of what’s acceptable.”

“If you’re a brilliant comedian, you get right to the edge, and you dance there,” Peterson said.

“If you can’t be funny, then you’re not free,” the professor added. “The jester in the king’s court is the only person who gets to tell the truth. And if the king is such a tyrant that he kills his jester, then you know that the evil king is in charge.”

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