Tucker rips ‘humorless babies’ for ruining comedy: ‘It’s not about sensitivity. It’s about controlling you’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson shredded leftists as “humorless babies” for savaging those who use comedy to make a statement, asserting that a free society requires comedians to expose the truth of what is going on using freedom of speech that is now being eradicated in the United States.

On Friday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson went on to recount what is happening to comedian Josh Denny.

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“Josh Denny is a comedian. You may have heard of him. He used to work for the Food Network. He’s also pro-life, personally, and willing to say so out loud,” he noted. “Earlier this month, Denny was preparing to host a comedy show in Rutherford, New Jersey. That’s about a half hour outside of New York, but just minutes after the show was announced, Antifa, a violent, radical group, decided to shut it down.”

“Hundreds of Antifa-affiliated Twitter accounts started bombarding the venue called the Williams Center. They also went after the chief of police of Rutherford, a man called John Russo and they threatened violence. Now, at that point, a chief of police who wanted to defend the Constitution, his solemn duty, would have pushed back and affirmed the sacred right of free expression of every American, but that’s not what Chief Russo did. Instead, he caved to the demands of the mob,” Carlson sadly reported.

Not only did the chief of police kneel before Antifa over threats, canceling the event, the mayor of Rutherford, New Jersey, Frank Nunziato, boasted about what the police and the city had done because of the potential for a confrontation.

“Now notice the blame shifting here, the potential for confrontation. It wasn’t the comedian who was going to confront or threaten anyone with violence. It was the radical left-wing group Antifa. But it was the comedian who was punished,” Carlson pointed out.

“This is not the first time Josh Denny has experienced this. It’s happened four times in just the past few weeks. Shows were canceled because of threats from the left. Two shows were canceled in Chicago, another two in New York, and every time the same pattern. Denny would schedule a comedy show. Then a huge amount of Antifa-affiliated Twitter accounts intimidated the venue and local officials, who collapsed under the pressure and shut it down,” he continued.

Carlson went on to explain how the comic has effectively been silenced.

“Denny can no longer speak. At this point, the only way he can host a show north of the Mason-Dixon Line is to deliver cryptic instructions to his fans about where to meet secretly, like a speakeasy. Otherwise, if he doesn’t do this, all Antifa has to do to end free speech is send some tweets, and then weak leaders capitulate immediately,” he remarked.

“Josh Denny is not the only performer being targeted, and it’s not just comedians. This, of course, is part of a much larger campaign to end free speech in the United States, a country whose civic religion was free speech just a few years ago. This is a huge change and an ominous one. Anyone who tells you that you can’t say what you truly believe is a totalitarian,” Carlson contended.

He went on to expand on that idea, positing that it’s all about control.

“Make no mistake. It’s not about sensitivity. It’s about controlling you. It’s totalitarian. We’re going to start tonight with what’s happening to comedians because free society requires comedians. Comedy is the way we tell the truth. The presence of comedians in a society means that you get to mock the people in charge very quickly and it’s not an accident we’re running out of comedians. Only rote comedy is tolerated now and that’s another way of saying no comedy is tolerated now. Elon Musk pointed this out a few months ago in an interview with the satire site The Babylon Bee,” Carlson stated.

“And then you realize it’s like, wait a second, is the comedy getting at an essential truth or is there a propaganda element or is it trying to push you in a particular direction or getting to an essential truth that is humorous? And when it stops trying to get to an essential truth that is humorous, then, you know, it’s just not that funny,” Musk commented.

“Well, after that interview, Twitter, as if to prove it, has no sense of humor at all, banned the Babylon Bee. Their crime? They made fun of the administration’s fake trans admiral, that guy in a dress they’re calling female. We all know what Elon Musk did next. He bought Twitter,” the Fox News host said.

He went on to recount how comedian Dave Chappelle has been censored as well.

“So, what you had at Netflix is what you also had at Twitter, and it’s the same phenomenon that’s canceling comedians all over the country. A small group of politically inflamed, highly-motivated extremists who prevent the majority from saying what it thinks. Another word for that is tyranny, and it’s everywhere,” Carlson claimed.

“One of the few people in Hollywood willing to fight back against this and say what he really thinks is Adam Carolla, a long-time comedian who has stayed true and therefore funny and he mocked the people you just saw as exactly what they are: humorless babies,” he charged.

“I need to explain to the people at Netflix, which is an interesting, another interesting dynamic, is your job isn’t that important and it doesn’t really change hearts and minds. I think people have this thing where it’s like Dave Chappelle is going to mobilize this group of our society, which never really seems to be mobilized, like his words, his words hurt and his words are going to cause X, Y, and Z. No, they’re not. He’s a comedian. He gets to say what he wants, and then he gets paid, and you get paid and that’s called entertainment,” Carolla told viewers.

“‘He’s a comedian and he gets to say what he wants.’ That’s no longer the rule in a lot of places, but Adam Carolla lives by that rule still,” Carlson noted admiringly.


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