Is this the future or the death of comedy?

from The Gray Area:
Are we facing the death or the future of comedy? The Dave Chappelle / Netflix flareup is the latest in a long line of attacks on comedy and humor. Basically, comedy is not allowed unless it is directed at Trump or a Conservative.  Thus, comedy has appeared to be, like free speech, on it's death bed. Chappelle bucked the trend and did just the opposite in his comedy special, The Closer. He had the comedic stones to direct his humor at one of the pet political narratives of the left, LBGTQ community, specifically transsexuals. The progressive & socialist left went berserk and attacked Netfliz in righteous indignation for airing the comedy special. Initially, based on the Netflix response, it appeared the announcement of the death of comedy may have been premature. But, ... As reported by Right & Free, many conservatives praised Netflix for "standing up to cancel culture" by defending its decision to carry Dave Chappelle's comedy special. At the time, Netflix co-CEO, Ted Sarandos, said, "While some employees disagree, we have a strong belief that content onscreen doesn't directly translate to real-world harm. ... Adults can watch violence, assault and abuse — or enjoy shocking stand-up comedy — without it causing them to harm others." Hold the praise. As to Hastings' defense of the Chappelle special due to its high audience rating, consider this. "Uncle Tom," the film I executive produced that was directed by Justin Malone, had the exact same Rotten Tomatoes approval rating, 96%, as did "The Closer." But, despite our best efforts, Netflix refused to carry it. Amazon Prime and iTunes agreed to make the documentary available to their users, but not Netflix. Also, Netflix is heavily invested in the extraordinarily popular Chappelle. The entertainment company signed him to a mutually rewarding long-term deal. It wanted to protect its investment. More importantly, while it took a few days, Netflix walked back its ringing defense of artistic freedom. In an interview only days after his email defending Chappelle, Sarandos said he "screwed up": "What I should have led with in those emails was humanity. I should have recognized the fact that a group of our employees was really hurting. ... To be clear, storytelling has an impact in the real world ... sometimes quite negative." Collapsing under the 'woke' pressure! C'mon man, it's just comedy! A little laughing will do you good, that is a medical fact. Whether the joke is about you ( good for one to hear what their views look like in public), or not, it is educational and gratifying to laugh. Stop being so up tight and politically triggered.  Relax & laugh! For more insight on the situation with comedy in America, following are several posts, stories and examples compiled by The Gray Area: Soviet Comedy – The Future of Comedy? Mark Steyn calls comedians’ takes on Cuomo ‘the death of comedy’ Standing Up to the Comedy Scolds Bill Maher amazed by Greg Gutfeld, ‘new king of late night’: ‘Fox News found a good thing’ Hollywood, Media & Late Night Shows Get Away with Hate Late-Night Hate: The Left Kills Humor Nothing Trump Has Said Is Any Worse Than This! Fair & Balanced humor!?! The New Politics of Late Night

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