Comedian speaks out against ‘woke’ cancel culture – ‘Fundamentally about power’

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Comedian speaks out against ‘woke’ cancel culture – ‘Fundamentally about power’

The comment was made by Konstantin Kisin, who also co-hosts the popular TRIGGERnometry podcast and video series with fellow comic Francis Foster. C

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The comment was made by Konstantin Kisin, who also co-hosts the popular TRIGGERnometry podcast and video series with fellow comic Francis Foster. Currently the series has over 125,000 subscribers on YouTube and frequently hosts guests who are critical of established cultural or political norms in a variety of areas.

Cancel culture is when an individual, organisation or piece of art is deemed by progressives to be morally beyond the pale.  

This is often associated with accusations of bigotry, such as racism or transphobia.

However critics, such as Mr Kisin, believe this is also being abused to shut down legitimate debate and is having a chilling impact on free speech.

Speaking to Express.co.uk he said: “This whole ideology is fundamentally about power.

Konstantin Kisin

“This whole ideology is fundamentally about power” (Image: EXPRESS/GETTY)

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TRIGGERnometry co-hosts Konstantin Kisin and Francis Foster (Image: YouTube/TRIGGERnometry )

“It’s about securing the reigns of cultural power which they largely already have – some of the greatest shows of the last 20 years have now been cancelled or restricted.  

“What I see with the woke movement is that it’s a punitive authoritarian movement. They want to punish you for doing the wrong thing.

“They don’t want to criticise what you do or what you say or engage in debate. They want to punish you and they will do that to achieve their political goals.”

Earlier this month comedy series The Mighty Boosh and The League of Gentlemen were pulled from Netflix following controversy over their use of blackface.

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Around the same time UKTV, which is BBC owned, briefly removed famed Fawlty Towers episode ‘The Germans’ from its platform.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has also faced boycott calls after some of her tweets and a 3,000 word essay she penned were judged by critics to be transphobic.

Mr Kisin argued fear of being ‘cancelled’ for causing offense is having a chilling impact on the comedy available on British televisions.

He commented: “TV comedy, particularly BBC commissioned comedy, has gone down the toilet and I think everybody who watches it regularly accepts that.

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“It’s become what many people now call ‘please clap’ comedy where you’re not actually enjoying somebody’s skill or craft, what you’re really enjoying is that they are parroting your opinions back to you.

“The number of viewers tuning in have plummeted – not just due to that but also there’s a lot of competition as well from the Netflixes of the world. I think quality has dropped a lot and it’s because they stopped being inventive.

“What you will probably find is the BBC, and other channels who are forced to play by these new progressive rules, the quality of the output is going to drop continually over the next few years and you’ll see some kind of alternative platform emerging.”

Guests on TRIGGERnometry have included comedian Andrew Doyle, conservative columnist Peter Hitchens and Irish sitcom writer Graham Linehan.

Mr Linehan’s Twitter account was recently terminated after the Father Ted creator was accused of posting transphobic content.

Mr Kris admitted his involvement with TRIGGERnometry has led to a backlash within the British comedy scene.

He explained: “I think it’s fair to say both Francis Foster, my co-host, and I are hate figures in the world of comedy.

“We’ve both lost a lot of friends in the comedy world, there are certain clubs that before the lockdown started were refusing to book either of us.

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“It has affected us – I don’t like to cry and complain because it’s just not my style – with Triggernometry we’ve had tremendous success. We’re making something we fundamentally believe is very important.

“We have a very big fan base of people who love and support what we do – we make a full time living from it now.

“We’re doing something people really are desperate for, they crave at the moment, we get messages every day from people saying for the last three months I’ve been stuck at home and you’ve kept me sane.”



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