“Succession” star Brian Cox is not a fan of the “woke culture” and those who would “shame” others to make an ideological point.
Cox joined “Uncensored” host Piers Morgan on Tuesday to discuss the ending of HBO’s much-loved series, his career, and the world in which we all now find ourselves struggling to survive.
Asked by Morgan if things are “worse now” or if that’s simply a matter of perception “because of things like social media, inflaming everything,” Cox replied that he doesn’t believe social media “helps.”
“It hinders rather than helps,” the actor said. “And I think it points up two readily inadequacies that we can actually — and the whole woke culture, I think is truly awful.”
“And the shaming culture, which I feel quite strongly about,” Morgan added. “This incessant need to shame and bury people.”
“I don’t know where it comes from,” he said. “I don’t know who are the arbiters of these — this shaming. And it’s very hard to pin them down. And it turns out it’s usually a bunch of millennials.”
“And who gave them the halos?” asked Morgan. “It’s extraordinary.”
While the actor could see the younger generation’s point, he argued that they are approaching the problem “from the wrong place.”
“I suppose in a way they’re probably saying, ‘Well, you’ve all screwed it up, so we may as well do something about it,'” he said. “But it’s from the wrong principle. It comes from the wrong place.”
The duo discussed reported warnings issued to theater-goers about the discussions of Nazis in a production of “The Sound of Music.”
“This is what I mean,” Cox said. “This is what I can’t stand.”
“I can’t stand the way we want to rewrite history. I can’t stand the way we don’t want to acknowledge history.” he continued. “And it’s so important to acknowledge what our history is because that defines who we are and where we’ve gotten to. And without acknowledging history, we are screwed. You’re well and truly screwed. And I think we’ve not done that nearly enough.”
The “trigger warnings,” he said, are about “other people deciding what we ought to be.”
Cox pointed to the rewriting of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s books, which were edited to remove any potentially offensive references.
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“It’s absolutely disgraceful,” Cox said. “I mean, Roald Dahl… was a difficult man, but he wrote some amazing stuff.”
“It also comes from complete ignorance,” Cox explained. “It’s an ignorant state that creates this sort of ‘oh that’s bad, that’s good.'”
If we don’t acknowledge our history, he said, “then we’re living in Cloud Cuckoo Land.”
On Twitter, woke millennials wasted no time proving Cox’s well-made point.
A member of truly the worst, most selfish, most egocentric generation in history has thoughts on millennials.
— LittleRUNAway (@beth_run) July 12, 2023
Good thing the show is finished, he just lost his viewers
— Susan Busada (@sue_busada) July 12, 2023
So Cox outs himself as a racist and fascist? Woke is against that stuff
— Hober in Tn ☮️ (@HoborMallow) July 12, 2023
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