Thursday 7th of July 2022

of the art of being a sarcastic bastard…...

And now… Mr. Bean.

(It’s been a slow news cycle, folks. But just wait. I can make this into something.)



Rowan Atkinson has had his say on cancel culture and the effect it can have on comedy, believing you should be allowed to make jokes about ‘absolutely anything’.

Many comedians over recent years have come under fire for their material being too near the knuckle, but Rowan doesn’t believe anything should be off-limits to be politically correct.

Rowan has previously rallied against cancel culture and even campaigned for a modification to the UK’s Religious Hatred Bill in the mid-naughties to allow performers are leeway to criticise religion within their act, as well as to have the notion of ‘insult’ removed from the UK’s Public Order Bill.

He told the Irish Times: ‘It does seem to me that the job of comedy is to offend, or have the potential to offend, and it cannot be drained of that potential.

‘Every joke has a victim. That’s the definition of a joke. Someone or something or an idea is made to look ridiculous.’

The Mr Bean star also hit back at the suggestion that comedy should exclusively punch up at those in power and never down at those who are more defenceless.

He explained: ‘I think you’ve got to be very, very careful about saying what you’re allowed to make jokes about. You’ve always got to kick up? Really?

‘What if there’s someone extremely smug, arrogant, aggressive, self-satisfied, who happens to be below in society? They’re not all in houses of parliament or in monarchies.

‘There are lots of extremely smug and self-satisfied people in what would be deemed lower down in society, who also deserve to be pulled up. In a proper free society, you should be allowed to make jokes about absolutely anything.’

This is all just very obviously true.

But it’s also true that the people you’re not supposed to punch down at are not really “down.”

Jews, for example – who are the number one people you’re not allowed to joke about – are admittedly the richest and most powerful people on earth. They won’t even deny that outright – if you point it out, they’ll just start talking about how they’re better and smarter than you, and you’re just jealous.

Gays are also not doing too bad – they are also very rich and powerful and have some of the most powerful lobbying groups in the Western world, second only to the Jews. Or women. I don’t know if the gay or women’s lobby is bigger – per capita the gay lobby is obviously much bigger, but the women’s lobby might be technically bigger.

Black people are legitimately down in their station in life – though it’s pretty much entirely their own fault.






Here we shall stop this rant. We already have argued about being more sensitive in regard to the trodden and those who are challenged not by themselves but have been victimised by a system that is thick with hypocrisy. 


Some people are able to "fight back" against satire, some cannot.