News broke out in the Russian media with headlines like “Elon Musk criticized the culture of abolition and called for building a society without judgment.” So, Lenta.ru informsthat the founder of Tesla and SpaceX “lashed out at supporters of the cancellation culture movement.”
At the end of the news, the publication cites a short quote from Musk that “vokism” (from the English woke – “woke up”) will lead to a society without humor, full of condemnation and hatred.
In fact, Musk was not talking about “cancellation culture” in general, but about self-censorship in comedy and about comedians who prefer to joke on cautious topics and become more “leftist”. Musk criticized the taboo on some of the jokes and spoke out against the condemnation of comedian Dave Chapelle, who was criticized for joking about transgender people.
“Wokism basically wants to make comedy illegal, which isn’t cool,” Musk said. “Do we want a humorless society that is simply rife with condemnation and hatred?”