Stephen Merchant says BBC would now be too scared of liberal Left to make The Office

The comedian Stephen Merchant has claimed The Office could not be made now due to the liberal Left deciding what we should – and shouldn’t – find funny.

Merchant, who co-wrote the hit sitcom with Ricky Gervais, has said militant liberals are taking the fun out of comedy and funnymen – including himself – are now censoring their jokes.

  • Jay Currie

    He cites Twitter…

    Explain to me why one would be worried about a Twitter mob. As a wise old friend of mine once said, on the internet it is just virtual heat.

    • Unfortunately people have lost jobs due to twitter mobs, most recently the English Prof whose accuser has turned out to be a fraud with a padded CV.

      • Jay Currie

        I know…And Hunt should have told the lot of them to piss up a rope. the backlash on that one is interesting. Dawkins leading the charge.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Very, very, very weird.

  • Justin St.Denis

    I personally find it HILARIOUS that leftist comedians and comedy writers are now bitching about the bed they made over the last half-century or so, ridiculing all things conservative. Now it’s harder for them to make money doing the same old schtick/thing since the Left has shown an appetite for eating its own.

    BTW, conservative comedian Evan Sayet is currently on tour and selling out wherever he goes. Just sayin’………

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      And the internet is here so podcasters like Adam Carolla can say whatever the hell they want to without fear of reprisal.
      Radio is dead.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Deader than dead since it is spending/has spent its last “active” years in a state of obvious mummification. It’s like – “Turn on the radio and smell the formaldehyde.”

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          You mean like classic rock radio?

          • Justin St.Denis

            Cringe! Yes. 😉

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            On a down note, Chris Squire the Yes bassist died last week.
            Brilliant band.
            Also, they never play them on classic rock radio.
            And they are Classic Rock.

          • Justin St.Denis

            My wife and I spent Saturday evening watching old performances by Squire on YouTube. We had a fab time. 😉

            A great loss.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            A greater loss if he had never lived.
            And how would we have known if he hadn’t?

  • Alain

    Ah, yet another thing the Left shares with Islam: no fun and no enjoyment allowed.

    • Justin St.Denis

      There are no jokes in Progressivism. This is often offered as an explanation for why there are no orgasms in Progressivism either. An observation.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Everyone is terrified and angry. Everyone’s worried that they’ll lose a sponsor or a merchandising deal. Everyone’s watering down their comedy to the most cookie cutter Jeff Foxworthy G-rated junk. Fair enough. To me the problem is that we will have an entire generation of dull thoughtless blockheads who not only don’t understand anything, they don’t want to. Ever been in a room and meet the person who’s too dumb to get the joke and too offended if you explain it to them? Yeah that times a billion. Eventually comedy will just die – not because of threats but because audiences will be too fucking stupid to get it.

    • Justin St.Denis

      We already have several generations of “dull thoughtless blockheads” to deal with. I don’t understand your use of the future tense here. The “slippery slope” didn’t start yesterday.

      BTW, the stupid have always been with us, our cross to bear. Preventing them from harming themselves or one another is the humane thing to do, albeit somewhat counterintuitive in light of Darwinism.