Back when SNL was funny, comedians like Jan Hooks, Phil Hartman, and Jon Lovitz were stars on the show. With Dennis Miller and David Spade on the Weekend Update desk, the show was funny and not overtly political, as opposed to the unfunny mass of leftist agitprop that is spewed forth every week in SNL’s current incarnation. Jon Lovitz these days takes on cancel culture, knowing in every sense it is the death of comedy and a modern day Red Scare of condemnation before proof.

FNC: “Former ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member Jon Lovitz is speaking out about cancel culture. The star joined the myriad of comedians talking about the current state of the genre now that comics face potential cancellation over past or present material. He even went as far as to compare it to the blacklist, which saw many in Hollywood get canceled in the 1940s. He added that there is a difference between simply making a joke about something sensitive and ‘being outright mean.’ Lovitz told the outlet that it’s his job to ‘satirize what’s going on in society and point out the hypocrisies.’ He believes that cancel culture’s recent prevalence has made it difficult for both him and other comedians to do their jobs as well as they used to be able to.”

“If you don’t have the ability to laugh at yourself, don’t go to a comedy club,” Lovitz warned. “I’m not changing my act. If you’re watching TV and you don’t like the show, change the channel. It’s very simple…I’ll just say it, it’s no different than McCarthyism,” he said in a recent interview. “As soon as you say to a comedian like me, ‘You can’t say that,’ the first thing in my head is, ‘Oh, and now I have to,'” he explained. He also commented on the July 2020 Los Angeles Times article in which “Goldbergs” actor Bryan Callen was accused of sexual misconduct.

“He should not be canceled. It’s horrible,” Lovitz said of Callen. “I remember reading the article and thought it was ridiculous. One girl said she was 24 and he was 42. She was his girlfriend for three years and she says, ‘I’m 32 now, he should have known better.’ Known what better? You’re 24 to 27, you’re not a kid. What did he do? He had a girlfriend who was younger? So? I like women that are younger, not illegal, most guys do.”

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“When someone does something really horrible, raping someone, of course, you should be in prison, obviously, but stuff like a girl is on a bad date or the relationship ends and she’s mad that it ended because she got dumped, come on!” Lovitz added. Well, putting aside the high school romance flavor of those last comments, Lovitz makes a good point on unsubstantiated claims of little worth. It may not be funny, but it stands the test of logic. I think.

This piece was written by David Kamioner on June 14, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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