The firebrand stand-up comedian has critiqued “cancel culture” as the work of sensitive Millennials. But his own career is proof that he’s mistaken.
When a comedian gets in trouble, Bill Burr believes he knows who’s to blame. “This is fucking Millennials! You’re a bunch of rats, all of you!” he yelled, to audience cheers, on the talk show Lights Out With David Spade last week. The stand-up was offering his perspective on Saturday Night Live’s hiring and rapid firing of Shane Gillis due to a plethora of racist material the latter had recorded. “None of them care! All they wanna do is get people in trouble!,” Burr continued, eliciting laughs from the crowd. It was typical button-pushing from the comedian: a hot take wrapped in a crude insult, delivered loudly and enthusiastically. Usually, though, he follows up such bits with actual introspection.