Alistair Williams lost his career as a comedian, over this sketch. He says that the woke establishment have basically shadow banned him, he can’t get bookings anymore in mainstream comedy clubs, for what they (the woke, pro-remain-Brexit establishment) believe was a pro-leave-Brexit joke.
For me this is a human rights abuse, with someone’s freedom of speech being silenced, in the name of “social justice”, or worse thought policing. I don’t see the justice in someone losing their job, because a group of people saw him as a “wrong thinker”. Where’s the tolerance, equality and “diversity is our strength” in that ? Or are all those kinds of words we hear, just virtue signalling ?
Shouldn’t we be promoting diverse voices and showing tolerance in allowing them to say things we perhaps don’t agree with, instead of rabid mobs cancelling anybody who doesn’t tow the current party line ? Anyone who dares to “wrong think” ?
Extrapolate that a bit further and we’ll see people getting arrested for saying things on social media (ah, whoops, that already happened in UK)
Sadly, in the UK, comedy isn’t funny any more, and comedians are afraid of making real jokes, which don’t tow the current left-wing woke doctrine. I understand similar problems exist in USA, but seems like Dave Chapele isn’t having it, though. But he’s one of the most famous and wealthy, what about the comedians who’re rising stars or just getting started. Are we about to lose a whole generation of entertainers, because of political ideology ? Dunno, I dunno the answer to that.
I liked the joke, because it basically summed up what had happened after 2016 Brexit referendum in UK, and the deal that was brought back to Parliament by Teresa May, the then Prime Minister. I didn’t see it as a partisan political statement, more someone making a joke about a situation a whole country was frustrated with. A joke that should have been (and is in my opinion) more uniting than divisive.
The political and Brexit situation has moved on since Alistair made the joke (Sep 2019 ?) – in that the Conservative government won the 12-Dec-2019 general election by a huge majority, the withdraw agreement being passed in Parliament the following week. And all things being equal UK is leaving Europe on 31-Dec-2020, into a phase of the trade talks with Europe, until final exit date of 31-Dec-2020.
Here’s the short version :
Heres the full version :
And here’s Alistair Williams talking on Triggernometry, about the state of comedy and free speech, and the joke he got canceled for.
I’m posting this in response to someone from overseas, who said she was interested in learning more about UK and Brexit.
Alistair Williams now does YouTube, and can be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnPLbYyxQDi4iR_Z1p6yFLA
I’ve watched some of Alistair’s other stand-up comedy and found him to be good at what he does, feel free to check him out.
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