Don’t take it from me.
It’s one thing when Mel Brooks says that Blazing Saddles couldn’t be made today. But we’re not talking about 70s or 80s comedies being made two generations later. The Office ran from 2005 to 2013. It went off the air less than a decade ago and it was such a linchpin of programming that Peacock’s only real power play was taking it off Netflix and trying to build a streaming service around it.
Mindy Kaling, who played Kelly Kapoor on the hit show The Office, told Good Morning America that the show couldn’t be made in the current climate and that the characters would all be “canceled.”
Asked about what her character would be up to now, she told the hosts, “I think she probably would have quit Dunder Mifflin to be an influencer, and then probably been canceled, almost immediately.”
“Actually, most of the characters on that show probably would be canceled by now,” she added, referencing the rise of cancel culture.
She explained that the show that launched her career “is so inappropriate now,” further telling the hosts that “we probably couldn’t make [it] now.”
“Tastes have changed, and honestly, what offends people has changed so much now. And so, I think that actually, it’s one of the reasons why the show is popular because people feel like there’s something kind of fearless about it or taboo that it talks about on the show,” Kaling said.
Kaling’s politics are hardly ambiguous. And The Office was a lefty show that celebrated two hipster characters and sneered at everyone else. Its star had come off The Daily Show and was used to doing bits with Colbert. The politically incorrect jokes were, in true ‘oughts’ manner, jokes at the expense of the politically incorrect characters who didn’t properly understand how prejudiced they were.
And it says something that Kaling is convinced that it wouldn’t even be considered today.
Wokeness has killed comedy by making virtues of hyper-sensitivity and cancel culture. Clapter has replaced even the most feeble efforts at making any kind of comedy that might offend anyone except the people who are supposed to be offended. And the inability to process irony or any kind of humor means that writers and producers are unwilling to risk even the most politically correct jokes that might in any way be misinterpreted by the humorless scolds who roam in packs looking for people to destroy.