Last week saw the premiere of the new TV 2 show “Føkkings Fladseth”, which is based on the much talked about cancel culture and is an extreme version of the cases we saw in Norway.
The series is written by comedian Henrik Fladseth (34), who also plays himself. In the series, he causes a scandal and is in danger of cancellation when a rumor spreads that he made a highly inappropriate parody of “Blackface-downs”.
And so the cancellation became a big topic on the red carpet before last week’s premiere. Then comedian and actor Odd-Magnus Williamson (43) can say he probably wouldn’t do the same thing he did in the 2000s today.
– Maybe there is something from early “Thursday Evening from Nidalin” that we haven’t done today because we’ve become smarter and learned a little more, Nettavisen told.
Follow with a better society
However, Williamson has mixed feelings about the repeal, believing it is a form of temporary punishment for people who have crossed the line.
Even though he thinks cancellation is a worst-case scenario, he still believes something positive can come out of it.
“I think it would be wise to now have a little round about it, so that we can find some common rules of the game and agree that there are certain things you should never touch,” Williamson said.
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The 43-year-old believes that various abolitions contribute to a better society by reducing ignorance. He believes that people thus gain a better understanding of what it means to be, for example, a minority.
– It also increases the intensity of the comedy and slightly higher requirements are presented. I think it’ll be good in the long run, but I miss that you can really screw up a joke and realize it didn’t work, he said and continued:
– Now, if you make a wrong move, there is a real possibility that you will be canceled and lose your job.
Williamson has looked at the previous content to make sure there are no so-called skeletons in his closet. Although the comedian admits he pushed boundaries, his heart was in the right place.
-It’s been well thought out, so you can’t cancel it because of it. But when you stand on stage, get an iron blanket, and say something that comes to your mind every now and then, that’s usually where you can go wrong.
Don’t believe in cancellation
Williamson isn’t the only one who doesn’t believe in permanent repeal. Many Nettavisen who met on the red carpet thought it was a bit like getting a red card and being kicked out of the industry for a while.
– Attlee (Antonsen, journ.anm.) may have been canceled for half a year, but he’s back, so I don’t believe much in cancel culture. I believe more in the consequences of what you say and do. Johnis Joseph (31 years old) and others said that it is a person’s responsibility to balance this and be able to determine what he says or does not say.
For his part, comedian Martin Liberod (30 years old) can admit that he finds it difficult to express himself and think something about the topic.
-I think it’s difficult. Some should be canceled and some shouldn’t be cancelled, but then it happens and it’s hard. It is difficult to have any point of view on this subject. It’s a bit of nonsense,” Liberod told Nettavisen.
Humor under pressure
Many comedians have expressed concern that free humor is under pressure due to cancellations and…
– No matter where you talk, there is always someone who can be offended by something. We have moved into a time where many people feel like they have a right to say something and feel offended by everything. “Everyone thinks that everything should suit itself, and then somehow nothing will work out,” Stavrum told Netafsen.
Comedian Galvan Mehdi (35 years old) faced the media himself after that The joke about multicultural young adults in NRK’s podcast “With All Respect”. Fearing cancellation, he lay down and complained.
– So it’s about lying flat as quickly as possible. “But you’re going to hit someone anyway, but it’s about where your intentions are when you say that,” Mehdi said.
Johnis Joseph doesn’t limit his comedy for fear of cancellation. Like Mehdi, he also made jokes for which he later had to apologize.
– But I had to point out that the critics misunderstood, because I knew what I was standing for. And then it seems like the people who are angry aren’t the ones coming to the show anyway. People who are angry sit on Twitter and try to get angry about things they have nothing to do with, so I don’t think it affects us.
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