Atkinson is not the only British star to take issue with the prevalence and impact of cancel culture in modern society. Ricky Gervais, creator of The Office, frequently crusades against the speech crushing phenomenon.
“If it is choosing not to watch a comedian because you don’t like them, that’s everyone’s right. But when people are trying to get someone fired because they don’t like their opinion about something that’s nothing to do with their job, that’s what I call cancel culture, and that’s not cool,” Gervais said in an August interview with The Metro.
“You turning off your own TV isn’t censorship,” Gervais said, explaining the difference. “You trying to get other people to turn off their TV because you don’t like something they’re watching, that’s different.”
Earlier last year, Gervais spoke out against the rise of political correctness-turned cancel culture, describing it as a “weird sort of fascism of