Ricky Gervais Wants To Live Long Enough To See Young People Cancelled By The Next Generation

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Ricky Gervais Wants To Live Long Enough To See Young People Cancelled By The Next Generation

Ricky Gervais is a known critic of cancel culture and he hopes to one day see young people slammed by the next generation.

Some young people are often described as 'woke' or 'snowflakes' for seemingly being offended at everything.

They view things in society with a new lens and call out older people for having views that seem outdated to them.

But comedian Ricky Gervais is hoping that those who cancel will one day get cancelled by a younger, even more progressive generation of people.


In an episode of his podcast Absolutely Mental with neuroscientist Sam Harris, the two discuss why we care about the future.

Credit: Yoram Kahana/Shooting Star/Sipa USA
Credit: Yoram Kahana/Shooting Star/Sipa USA

They go into all sorts of aspects about the future, legacies and the philosophical reasons behind worrying about what might happen.

But Ricky noted how it will be inevitable that 'woke' people won't be 'woke' enough in the future.


"I wanna live long enough to see the younger generation not be woke enough for the next generation," he said. "It's going to happen. Don't they realise that, it's like, they're next. That's what's funny.

"We kicked out the old guard. We did it. There's only so woke and liberal you can get and then you start going the other way. But it's inevitable."

Sam said progressiveness isn't necessarily something generational and added that 'no matter how left you are' there is seemingly always someone who is 'further left' who will treat you 'like a Nazi'.

Ricky replied: "Virtue signalling is literally people saying 'If I'm picking on you for this minutia, think how good I must be, think how good I am if I care about these things that don't matter'."


The comedian has long hit out against cancel culture in the past and believes he will eventually get cancelled for his comedy.

But according to The Daily Star, Ricky said he won't really mind if that happens because he'll just carry on.

"You don't know what the world's going to be like in 10 years' time," the After Life creator said. "You can get cancelled for things you said 10 years ago because you don't know what it's going to be like in 10 years' time."

"If I have to, I'll go to Hyde Park and stand on a bench and shout s***."


Series 2 of Absolutely Mental with Ricky Gervais and Sam Harris is available now at

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Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Ricky Gervais

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