Actor Marlon Wayans spoke out about the cancel culture surrounding comedy films.
Marlon Wayans rose to prominence alongside his brother, Shawn Wayans, in the comedy film “White Chicks.”
“White Chicks” received mixed reviews from critics due to its controversial humor, but it did well at the box office and is now considered a cult classic comedy film.
Buzzfeed recently interviewed the 50-year-old actor about one of his classic comedic lead roles, “White Chicks,” and whether it would thrive in this age of censorship and political correctness.
Wayans stressed the significance of comedy films amid the prevalent cancel culture.
Wayans told Buzzfeed:
“I think they’re needed. I don’t know what planet we’re on, where you think people don’t need laughter, and that people need to be censored and canceled. If a joke is gonna get me canceled, thank you for doing me that favor. It’s sad that society is in this place where we can’t laugh anymore. I ain’t listening to this damn generation.”
The classic comedy, released in 2004, has been the subject of debate over the years regarding whether or not it contains problematic themes. Despite the criticism directed at the film by netizens, Wayans maintains his sense of humor and claims to know the type of audience who will enjoy it.
Wayans expressed top Buzzfeed:
“I ain’t listening to these folks: These scared-a- people, these scared executives. Y’all do what you want to do? Great. I’m still gonna tell my jokes the way I tell them. And if you want to make some money, jump on board. And if not, then I’ll find a way to do it myself. I know my audience. My audience comes to my shows every weekend and they leave feeling great and laughing. One thing about the Wayans, we’ve always told the worst joke the best way.”