Cancel culture in Hollywood is on the rise and every other day, we read about a new celebrity becoming its victim. Despite the mercurial nature of this movement where any celebrity can find themselves on the pointy end of being harshly canceled for a new or even past action, Hollywood is pretty divided when it comes to favoring it or standing against it. For instance, actor-comedian Seth Rogen recently made it clear that he approves of cancel culture while former Superman actor Dean Cain openly disagreed with his opinion.
In a recent interview with The Independent, Seth Rogen talked about comedians “complaining” about the impact of cancel culture on comedy and how it is now a looming threat. According to Rogen, the rampant practice of cancel culture is nothing to be complained about as it should be taken up as a form of criticism by comedians. Those who have been on the receiving end of the cancel culture would explain that while criticism is constructive and is obviously a part of being an artist as Rogen said, this new “custom” has targeted and dismantled many people’s credibility and reputation.
But as per Seth Rogen, the cancel culture should not be disliked by comedians and if they can’t take this novel form of criticism, they shouldn’t enter the profession in the first place. While everyone is entitled to have their personal opinions, Dean Cain, best known for playing Superman in the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, has made it known in a recent interview with Fox News that he clearly disagrees with Rogen’s opinion on cancel culture.
According to Dean Cain, Seth Rogen is “dead wrong” and he wholeheartedly agrees with Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle who have openly disapproved of the cancel culture. While Cain is a fan of Seth Rogen’s films and actually likes him, his recent opinions on cancel culture are just an example of the many times throughout his career when the actor-comedian has said “stupid stuff.”
This is not the first time that the former Superman star has come forward to criticize Seth Rogen’s comments. In 2015, Rogen likened Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, about late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, to a Nazi propaganda film when he said that film reminded him of “the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds“.
Seth Rogen’s kicked off a big online controversy and also irked actor Dean Cain, a friend of sniper Chris Kyle, who wasted no time in berating the comedian for his tone-deaf comments about American Sniper. At the time too, he established that while he likes Rogen’s films, his comments have angered him as “Chris is an American Hero. Period.” He urged Rogen to first participate in a war, be in the position Kyle was, and then, think about leveling criticisms at him.
But again, no matter what opinions Seth Rogen holds when it comes to the cancel culture or how much Dean Cain contradicts him, the fact remains that in the current times where this practice is at its peak, every celebrity has to think not twice but a hundred times before saying or posting even a seemingly simple comment.