Stop your sob­bing about con­tro­ver­sial co­me­di­ans

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ROCK leg­end Chrissie Hynde be­lieves that can­celling po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect com­edy shows is “destruc­tive” be­cause they are an ac­cu­rate re­flec­tion of their time and the con­text.

The Pre­tenders singer said that in the fu­ture peo­ple will not be able to un­der­stand our cul­tural his­tory if broad­cast­ers re­move sketches from the past now thought to be in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

The 68-year-old ar­gued that com­edy shows re­veal “the con­ver­sa­tion peo­ple were hav­ing at the time” and cen­sor­ing them in the wake of the de­bate trig­gered by the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment is counter-pro­duc­tive.

The Amer­i­can star’s com­ments come af­ter the BBC and Net­flix re­moved the se­ries Lit­tle Bri­tain – which fea­tured sketches with char­ac­ters in black face – from their ser­vices avail­able via stream­ing.

Net­flix also re­moved The Mighty Boosh and The League Of Gen­tle­men for the same rea­son.

Hynde, whose first UK hit was Stop Your Sob­bing, re­vealed she finds blue co­me­dian Roy Chubby Brown funny, but joked that say­ing so meant a lot of peo­ple will not speak to her be­cause they find him po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect.

The star is frus­trated that peo­ple don’t un­der­stand what com­edy is, ar­gu­ing that co­me­di­ans are just try­ing to com­ment on so­ci­ety.

Speak­ing on the Head­lin­ers pod­cast, she said: “First of all you have to un­der­stand that it was com­edy and the peo­ple who are do­ing it are mak­ing a state­ment.

“They are usu­ally par­o­dy­ing some­thing or they are mak­ing a com­ment on so­ci­ety.

“They are prob­a­bly not say­ing some­thing be­cause they are racist but they might be say­ing some­thing tak­ing the mick out of some­one who is racist.”

Speak­ing about can­cel cul­ture and po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, she said: “It’s a shame re­ally be­cause you are miss­ing out on a lot of com­edy.

“There are co­me­di­ans like Roy Chubby Brown and peo­ple wouldn’t say he’s po­lit­i­cally cor­rect. But he’s funny. Well, in fact, a lot of peo­ple won’t speak to me now be­cause I said that. But I like him.”

Hynde said can­cel cul­ture hin­ders our abil­ity to get a re­al­is­tic view of his­tory and learn from it.

She said of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness in TV shows:

“If it wasn’t can­celled at the time, then it be­comes part of his­tory and that was the con­ver­sa­tion peo­ple were hav­ing at the time. “If it’s can­celled now you’re not get­ting a very good pic­ture of what your his­tory is.

“I think there’s some­thing about it which is destruc­tive so far as if you’re try­ing to find out the truth about hu­man be­hav­iour and how we are sup­posed to be be­hav­ing, I don’t think can­cel cul­ture helps. I think that goes the other way.”

Laugh­ing mat­ter...Chrissie is a fan of co­me­dian Roy Chubby Brown, be­low

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