Jay Leno Talks Adjusting His Comedy To Cancel Culture: “You Change Or Die”
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There has been a lot of talk about the so-called “cancellation culture” over the past year or so, as comedians find themselves under fire for criticism for material from the past that has barely made waves in the past. era but which is now deemed controversial enough to be canceled.
While some comedians are fighting the trend, veteran comedian Jay Leno sees these kinds of societal changes as cyclical.
“I think it’s like anything else, either you change or you die,” the former host of “Tonight” said in a recent episode of the “People Every Day” podcast.
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Leno used a sports analogy to explain his reasoning. “In football you have certain rules. And when the rules change, if you don’t follow them, you’re out of the game, ”he explained.
As Leno pointed out, there was a time when jokes now considered racist, sexist and homophobic were commonplace in comedy. That, however, has changed and the comics that didn’t get the memo are about to wake up abruptly.
“Now everyone has a voice. You have to change the material depending on the times you live in, ”Leno said.
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“My attitude is, look, these are the new rules,” he said. “You want to adapt. If you don’t, fine. Don’t get up to tell jokes then.