Uk News Rowan Atkinson says 'every joke has a victim'. But in Man vs Bee, it's him United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - The man better known as Mr Bean rails against cancel culture… by fighting a bee
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! If there’s one conversation I am bored of, it’s the debate over what comedians can joke about. When it raises its ugly head, it’s almost always because someone has asked a middle-aged white male comic about his thoughts on so-called “wokeness”. They almost always say the same thing, too — that their creativity is being policed and that “cancel culture” has ruined comedy.Rowan Atkinson is the latest to join their ranks, telling the Irish Times that “every joke has a victim. That’s the definition of a joke. Someone or something or an idea is made to look ridiculous … in a proper free society, you should be allowed to make jokes about absolutely anything.”It may surprise you that I actually agree with the man better known as Mr Bean. Of course, comedians are allowed to offend, and I wholeheartedly support the idea that comedy can — and should — cover all topics. But those jokes have got to be — wait for it — funny… that’s where the comedians railing against “wokery” are really tripping up (pause for laughter). “You’ve always got to kick up? Really? What if there’s someone extremely smug, arrogant, aggressive, self-satisfied, who happens to be below in society? They’re not all in houses of parliament or in monarchies,” he added.And yet, as far as I can tell, Atkinson has rarely been a victim of the invisible war on comedy. In Mr Bean, the Johnny English films and even Blackadder, he (or at least his character) has always been the butt of the joke, a tactic that nine times out of 10 has hilarious consequences. His latest series, Man vs Bee on Netflix, is no different.In the show, made up of 10 10-minute episodes, Atkinson plays Trevor, a hapless, down on his luck divorcé who gets a new job house sitting for a posh, rich couple.
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. When he finally traps the insect under a cup – from which it promptly escapes — the bee launches a vendetta against Trevor and sets out to make his life hell.What follows is just over an hour and a half of old school, slapstick physical comedy reminiscent of Laurel and Hardy or, well, Mr Bean. Priceless paintings are torn, antique statues smashed, and, by the end, Trevor takes a flamethrower to the living room. It’s a surprisingly good — if one-note — comedy fit for family viewing (something Netflix is rather short of), and it made me laugh out loud multiple times.Atkinson as Trevor (Photo: Netflix)But Atkinson’s comments have made me think twice about the show. Have I missed a deeper meaning somewhere among the dog poo gags? Perhaps that’s why the more serious storyline of Trevor missing his daughter, kept from him by his ex-wife, takes a more prominent place than is necessary – is Man vs Bee a covert Fathers 4 Justice campaign?!Or is the bee representative of the woke warriors Atkinson is bothered about? Trevor is the lowly comedian, now relegated to swatting away a buzzing nuisance instead of focusing on his real job: making fun of vulnerable people on a global stage. That doesn’t make sense either. Is Atkinson a bee hater? Does he want the bees to die? Does he know what happens if the bees die?!Let’s be serious for a moment, Man vs Bee is nothing other than a simple, clownish comedy with zero agenda other than to make people laugh. Which is exactly what makes Atkinson’s comments so incongruous: it seems like Atkinson is speaking about cancel culture simply to remain relevant.But in making Man vs Bee, he’s rendered his own point null and void. Yes, you can make comedy about anything you want, even a vengeful bee. But that doesn’t mean you should.Man vs Bee will stream on Netflix from Friday 24 June
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