Ben Elton says cancel culture is ‘not even remotely threatening’ comedy and says ‘exactly what I want’

Ben Elton says cancel culture is ‘not even remotely threatening’ comedy and he’s free to say ‘exactly what I want’

  • Elton said that although the world has ‘changed’, he continues to speak his mind
  • The comedian, 63, appeared on Channel 4’s Friday Night Live revival last night
  • Elton admitted it’s comedian’s job to ‘bypass’ changes today

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World-renowned comedian Ben Elton has argued that cancel culture isn’t a “distance threatening” comedy that keeps saying “exactly what I want,” he says.

Speaking before last night’s one-off revival on the ’80s Channel 4 show Friday Night Live, Elton, 63, said that although the world had “changed”, he continues to express his thoughts and has not been cancelled.

In an interview with the BBC, he admitted that it is largely the comedian’s job to “bypass” the changes in clever and interesting ways.

World-renowned comedian Ben Elton has claimed that cancel culture isn’t a ‘remote threatening’ comedy, it keeps saying ‘exactly what I want,’ he says

Speaking for last night’s one-off revival on the ’80s Channel 4 show Friday Night Live, Elton, 63, said that although the world had “changed”, he continues to speak his mind and has not been canceled

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He said: said: ‘There are language rules, they have always been there. They change. It’s the comedian’s job to get around that.

“I’ve always had to pay attention to my language in different ways and I hope I’ve found smart and interesting ways to do it.”

Elton added that he had just given 150 gigs where he “said exactly what I wanted.”

He explained: “I didn’t get canceled, I spoke my mind and yes, I talked about trans and race and identity and we had a lot of laughs.”

While the comedian continues to say what he wants, he admitted that the temperature of the social media debates on several contemporary issues had him thinking.

While the comedian continues to say what he wants, he did admit that the temperature of the social media debates on several contemporary issues has given him food for thought.

“In our modern Twitter world, the radical people you’d like to support are sometimes so in your face that you’d like to say, ‘Well, give me a moment to think about this.'”

Last night, Elton kicked off his Friday Night Live Channel 4 special with a savage dig at Liz Truss, after announcing her resignation as prime minister two days ago.

Ms Truss announced that she would be stepping down as Prime Minister after just 44 days, making her the shortest-term Prime Minister in history.

And of course, Elton couldn’t resist kicking off the much-loved show, as part of Channel 4’s 40th anniversary celebrations, with a jibe at the latest events.

He kicked off his show, saying, ‘In these grim and difficult days, there couldn’t be a better time to spread love and laughter,’ adding, ‘But while we do, please think of poor Liz Truss, who resigned. took yesterday, graciously ending the most senselessly destructive, blindingly expensive, ego-driven car crash of a delusional vanity project since Simon Cowell had his facelift project!’

Last night, Elton kicked off his Friday Night Live Channel 4 special with a savage dig at Liz Truss, after announcing her resignation as prime minister two days ago.

He later joked, “I used to try Mrs Thatch, but I’m sure she’d still be in power at the end of the program.”

Elton continued, “How did this great nation end up in such a monumental catastrophe?” before replying, ‘Well, we know how… it was the Conservative Party!’

Elton then turned to Boris Johnson for a few digs and joked that he couldn’t get Brexit done in the same way that divorces aren’t easy.

“Blimey, he’s dumped enough Baby Mamas in his time that you’d think he’d have sorted that out, wouldn’t you?!” he said, leaving the viewers hysterical.

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