Comedian Bill Burr said he’s not for the “mob mentality” part of cancel culture these days, and said that he is not willing to apologize to someone who gets upset about a joke they heard about from a show they didn’t even attend.
During the 53-year-old comedian’s appearance on “Steve-O’s Wild Ride” podcast Thursday, the hosts — “Jacka**” star Steve-O, Scott Randolph, and Paul Brisske — asked the comedian whether he had “ever apologized for a joke?” Burr said that he has offered an apology “to the individual that I hurt,” but he drew the line at apologizing to the mob.
“Listen, if I’m in a bad mood…” the comedian shared. “Now some a**hole is going to cut that right there and say, ‘See! comedians should apologize’ because everybody’s like Fox News and CNN now like steering it, they’ll cut out all this part.”
“No, if I’m in a bad mood or if I told a joke about something that somebody had a personal effect to and I made them sad or made them cry …” he added. “You know, there’s that comic who [goes] ‘f*** you, lady, you shouldn’t have come out.’ Like, I don’t take it to that level. It’s just like … you’re right, I didn’t think of that. I didn’t know you were gonna be here tonight. What are the f***ing odds you were at that thing that I was making fun of?’ But that can happen.”
“But I refuse to apologize to anybody that is upset that they heard a joke at a show they weren’t at,” Burr continued. “You know? Especially if somebody filmed it … If it’s in my special, that’s different and I decided to put it out or whatever. But like if it’s one of those things where someone in the crowd films you and then they put it up. It’s like ‘get mad at them!’ and you, because you saw the subject and clicked on it.”
“The Mandalorian” star said he’s definitely a “big believer in if you are wrong and you feel you’re wrong, you apologize” but forget about doing so for some cause.
“But I’m not a believer in the mob mentality and I’m not gonna apologize just cause it’s not worth it,” Burr shared. “Because then all I do is give that strength that that’s okay to do that and then some other comic’s going to have to deal with it.”
“If you come up to me after a f***ing show, I’ll listen to you and if I agree with what you’re saying I’ll be like ‘yeah, alright, okay. It wasn’t a personal thing, I’m sorry,” the superstar comedian continued. “And what I’ve found you can — like actually, they’ll be cool with you. People, anybody, like us … They want to be heard. But as far as that ‘professional being offended’ so you can move whatever cause because you feel like you can fix society with your ideas, I mean, I don’t get into that.”