It's Rowan Atkinson's birthday today-66 he's this year-but that's not why the beloved
British comic is furiously trending. Mr Bean's star spoke widely to Radio Times on
various topics, including the cult comedy series Blackadder's potential return. Still,
his views on 'cancelling culture' seem to have sparked the Internet. Mr Atkinson shared
his concerns about the diminishing freedom of expression. He deplored the kind of
ostracization that 'cancel culture' struggles with, comparing it to 'medieval mob
walking the streets searching for someone to burn.' Words that Edmund Blackadder himself
would have been proud to use.
As Deadline and other foreign media outlets put it, Rowan Atkinson said to Radio Times,
"The issue we've got online is that an algorithm determines what we want to see, which
ends up producing an easy, binary view of society. It's either you're with us, or you're
against us. And if you're against us, you deserve to be 'cancelled.' we must be exposed
to a wide range of citizens.
Rowan Atkinson's statement seems to have split the free-expressed opinion of social
media-the Internet is divided between agreeing with him and dismissing his view as
dangerously obsolete. Most recently, Harry Potter's author J K Rowling was 'cancelled'
because of comments she made about the transgender community.