Rowan Atkinson condemns online cancel culture comparing woke users to 'medieval ...

ROWAN ATKINSON has slammed the cancel culture "mob" and said the increasing polarisation online fills him "with fear" for the future, as he defended the right to insult and cause offence as part of free speech.

PUBLISHED: 12:57, Tue, Jan 5, 2021 | UPDATED: 13:05, Tue, Jan 5, 2021

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Rowan Atkinson, 65, best known for his work in Mr Bean and Blackadder, has condemned the current online cancel culture. The famed actor has long advocated for free speech and compared “woke” snowflakes to a “medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn”.

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Rowan admitted that one of the main concerns is that social media sites run off a basic “algorithm” that decides “what it wants” users to see.

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Therefore it can create a “simplistic, binary view” of what the world is like, and makes those interacting feel as if they should comply with certain viewpoints, or be “cancelled”.

He said: “It's important that we're exposed to a wide spectrum of opinion, but what we have now is the digital equivalent of the medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn. 

“So it is scary for anyone who's a victim of that mob and it fills me with fear about the future," he added to The Times.

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Last year he joined forces with 20 other arts and media personalities to challenge the proposals put forward by the SNP's Humza Yousaf for new hate crime laws to be introduced.

Rowan signed a letter alongside actress Elaine C Smith and writers Chris Brookmyre and Val McDermid against the SNP’s Hate Crime and Public Order Bill.

The group has concerns about its impact in relation to “stirring up hatred”, which could see those who express divisive views spend up to seven years in prison.

In 2005 the actor also led a successful

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