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Dylan Moran ‘doesn’t give a f**k’ about political correctness

Dylan Moran cares not for PC in his comedy (Picture: Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images)

Black Books star Dylan Moran has insisted the concept of political correctness – or PC – hasn’t affected his comedy.

While many celebrities, such as Ricky Gervais, have shared sadness at the idea of cancel culture ruining the art of writing good humour, and others, including The Good Place’s Michael Schur, insisting there is still much to be laughed at without offending others, Moran is just doing this thing.

Speaking to the Guardian, the Irish star does concede ‘there’s a lot of social tension around. Everybody’s getting on each other’s tits,’ and compared the feeling in the air to ‘watching somebody pull a Snickers bar apart very slowly’.

This social tension doesn’t bother Moran’s writing, though, as he muses: ‘I don’t give a f**k about PC.

‘It wouldn’t enter my mind. I’m not going to take any directives from anybody. The decisions I take about what I say are mine.’

He added: ‘And I’ve got it wrong, and offended people, and I regret it, and I’ll probably do it again.

Ricky believes the Office wouldn’t have been made today because of attitudes towards controversial comedy (Picture: Getty Images)

‘But that’s destiny, that’s human existence. I don’t think any movement or social awareness is going to change that. You have to accept that. If you don’t, it’s just a sign of your immaturity.’

Moran’s comments follow those of Schur – who created Brooklyn 99 and wrote for The Office US – who recently suggested there’s still a plethora of hilarious content to be made and rejects the idea ‘cancel culture’ has put an end to the kinds of shows and comedic outings of the past.

Branding punching down an ‘abhorrent human instinct’ he told News.com.au: ‘Those people are bad at comedy, they’re lazy. They’ve been doing comedy a certain way for a long time and they’ve got an hour-long set that they perform at stand-up clubs or they’ve got a certain way they write scripts, and they are too lazy to write something new. That’s all that is.

‘It’s the weakest and lamest argument.’

Going on to say political correctness is ‘not strangling’ comedy, Schur suggested ‘it’s never been easier and better to be a comedy writer in America or the world than right now’.

Meanwhile Gervais previously shared his belief cancel culture has meant broadcasters were scared to take risks with comedy in case they offend the so-called ‘outrage mobs’.

Speaking of his own series The Office – which he created, penned and directed between 2001 and 2002 – the actor doubts it would be made if he wrote it today.


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