- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Comedian Whitney Cummings railed against cancel culture and leftist intolerance in a new interview Wednesday, saying it’s “self-righteous or sanctimonious to just dismiss” Trump supporters as stupid because they hold a different viewpoint.

“I think it’s very self-righteous or sanctimonious to just dismiss people we disagree with without trying to understand why they believe what they believe. I don’t get it,” the “2 Broke Girls” creator told The Daily Beast.

“I grew up in Washington, D.C., mostly, but also in Virginia and West Virginia, so I grew up seeing both sides, and people believing different things,” she continued. “Even though I don’t agree with somebody, I don’t think they’re dumb. And I’m a comedian who tours all over the country, and I see why people make the decisions that they make. And as a writer, you have to be able to do that.

“It’s so weird to me in Hollywood where writers are like, ‘[Expletive] the right!’You’re a writer! You’re supposed to want to empathize with characters you don’t necessarily agree with because you have to write them,” she said. “I just try to take the judgment out of it, and the emotion out of it. For me, so much of what happened when Trump won was there were so many people who felt like they were voiceless — not being seen, not being heard, being dismissed, being ignored, not being represented — and everybody’s basic human need is to be seen and understood. If you don’t see and understand them, they’re going to make themselves heard in some way or another. Am I… am I canceled?”

Ms. Cummings served as the executive producer of ABC’s “Roseanne” reboot before leaving the show once Roseanne Barr’s controversial tweets emerged. While Ms. Cummings said she found Ms. Barr’s tweet that got her fired “unacceptable,” she said it’s the role of comedians to be contrarian, which makes them especially vulnerable to cancel culture.

“This whole cancel culture thing, when people freak out, well you’re the ones amplifying it and legitimizing it by being outraged,” Ms. Cummings argued. “I don’t even think Roseanne believes what she says half the time. She’s a contrarian by nature. We’re comedians — it’s our job to rile you up — and to me, a lot of the points she had made a lot of sense, and the other stuff sounded like someone who was out of touch, sequestered, does not have accurate data.

“I mean, the tweet that went out, that’s not what I’m talking about and unacceptable, but all the lead-up to it,” she added. “I don’t forgive her, we’re not friends, and I quit the show, so I think it’s very clear what happened — I’m not giving her a pass. But if we’re not trying to understand why people are vulnerable to these conspiracy theories, we’re never going to be able to dismantle or understand.”

Ms. Cummings made the comments ahead of her live virtual comedy special this Thursday titled, “In Stitches: A Night of Laughs with Whitney Cummings and Friends,” which will benefit the Hydrocephalus Association.

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