Rob Schneider in Full Woke Panic: They’re Canceling the Dead!
It was inevitable — if you put Rob Schneider and John Cleese into the same room, it’s only a matter of time before the Woke Army storms in and takes both of them out in one fell swoop. Okay, the Intolerance Brigade didn’t actually attack when Schneider appeared on Cleese’s The Dinosaur Hour but based on the conversation between the two comics, it sure sounds like the libs were pounding on the door and demanding blood.
Cleese is at least open to the idea that woke critics aren’t entirely evil. The whole mindset, he says, “starts off with a very good idea, which is ‘Let’s be kind to people.’”
It’s Cleese who’s being kind, according to Schneider. “Wokeism“ “is also a way to crush dissent. Anyone who disagrees with us, we can not only not laugh at, we can destroy.”
But it’s tough being woke these days, says Schneider, because “they’re running out of people to cancel. So they’re canceling dead people! They’ll find something John Wayne said in 1972 at a graduation ceremony at USC and they’ll go, “Here’s what John Wayne said!”
That’s sort of true, but Schneider neglects to share the details. In 2020, USC removed a John Wayne campus exhibit following student protests. Did the students discover some old Wayne comedy bit where the actor made an off-color joke or two? Not exactly. The students — specifically Black students — didn’t want to walk past a shrine to the man who said in a 1972 Playboy interview, “I believe in white supremacy until the Blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.”
In the same interview, he griped about Native Americans who were too greedy to share their possessions. “There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.”
And here we are, 50 years later, with the woke going after great American heroes like Wayne. Don’t blame the traditional media, says Schneider. Instead, he imagines bloggers who search for dead cancel subjects so they can “make $50 by selling this to Buzz-whatever.” Wow! If cancel bloggers can stomp out 10 dead celebs a week at that price, they’d pull in a cool $26K a year. No wonder everyone’s jumping in.
“And so you have a race to the bottom to see who can destroy what and who gets a brownie point,” concludes Schneider, adding brownie points to the $50 reward money.
Perhaps the larger problem, Cleese says, is that “people without a sense of humor shouldn’t be deciding what the people with a sense of humor can enjoy.”
That’s a tricky bit, Mr. Cleese, because who decides who has a sense of humor? If we put Rob Schneider in charge of what people can enjoy, we might all be in a world of hurt.