- The Washington Times - Friday, May 7, 2021

Actor and comedian Billy Crystal said Thursday he isn’t a fan of how cancel culture has turned the entertainment industry into a “minefield.”

“It’s becoming a minefield and I get it,” the “Saturday Night Live” alum, 73, told the New York Post. “I don’t like it, I understand it … I just keep doing what I’m doing and that’s all you can do right now.

“It’s a totally different world [now] and it doesn’t mean you have to like it,” he added.

Mr. Crystal also “slyly” remarked on last month’s Academy Awards, according to the Post, after the ceremony brought in the lowest ratings ever at just 10.4 million viewers.

“Were they on?” joked Mr. Crystal, who has hosted the ceremony nine times.

“You know I’d rather talk about ‘Here Today,’” he said before adding, “It’s an interesting time, it’s an interesting time.”

“Here Today,” the first film Mr. Crystal’s directed in 20 years, releases in U.S. theaters Friday.

In the film, he plays a veteran comedy scribe battling dementia who is befriended by a street singer played by 41-year-old comedian Tiffany Haddish, the Post reported.

“That’s something that we really need more of, the country, and that is empathy and that’s what I think is the beautiful part of this friendship,” he said. “She gives up a chance for her career to move forward to take care of him. And I think that’s a beautiful thing.”

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