The famous performer of the roles of Mr. Bean and Johnny English Rowan Atkinson in an interview with the Radio Times said that he dislikes social networks due to the separation of people. Situations often arise on the Internet when people choose the “wrong” side of the conflict.
The comedian referred to a “culture of cancellation” that has become a modern form of ostracism. In this case, a person or a certain group of people is deprived of support and is subjected to condemnation both on social networks and in the real world.
The problem we face on the internet is that an algorithm decides what we want to see, which ultimately leads to a simplified, binary representation of society. This becomes the reason for situations when you are either with us or against us. If you’re against us, you deserve to be “canceled”.
It’s important that we’re open to a wide range of opinions, but what we have now is the digital equivalent of a medieval crowd roaming the streets in search of someone to burn. It will scare anyone who falls victim to this crowd and fills me with fear for the future of free speech.
The issue of “cancellation culture” was previously discussed by David Fincher. The director does not yet know how to relate to this, but intends to shoot a mini-series on this topic. The director wants to reveal the essence of how modern society defines an apology.
As for Atkinson, he is currently working with Netflix on Man vs. the Bee. A total of 10 episodes are planned. The premiere date is unknown.