Comedians like Seth Rogen and Katt Williams may claim that cancel culture either doesn’t exist or has no real teeth, but comedian Jon Lovitz argued this week that cancel culture is the new McCarthyism.
Speaking with Page Six earlier this week, Lovitz said that the internet witch hunts that use people’s past sins or indiscretions as weapons of destruction are no different from the Red Scare and the Hollywood blacklist of the 1950s.
“I’ll just say it, it’s no different than McCarthyism,” he said.
Echoing the complaints of many other comedians, Lovitz said that the tasks of satirizing society and pointing its hypocrisies have become increasingly difficult in the age of cancel culture.
“As soon as you say to a comedian like me, ‘You can’t say that,’ the first thing in my head is, ‘Oh, and now I have to,’” he said, noting there is “a difference between making jokes and being outright mean.”
“If you don’t have the ability to laugh at yourself,