Chris Rock Will Not Tour at Colleges Anymore Because They Don't Want to Offend AnyoneBy Russell Westerholm, UniversityHerald Reporter
Chris Rock is a comedian who has built his career on addressing controversial topics in his material, which is why he will never perform at a college ever again.
Speaking to New York Magazine, Rock gave his thoughts on Bill Maher's appointment as the winter commencement speaker at UC - Berkeley and the student body's immediate protest. Rock said college's are just too conservative for his jokes to be effective.
"Not in their political views - not like they're voting Republican - but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody," Rock told the magazine. "Kids raised on a culture of 'We're not going to keep score in the game because we don't want anybody to lose.' Or just ignoring race to a fault. You can't say 'the black kid over there.' No, it's 'the guy with the red shoes.' You can't even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive."
Maher's appointment was answered with a student-led protest because of jokes he told about the Muslim religion. He responded on his show by echoing similar sentiments to what Rock gave in his interview.
"About eight years ago. Probably a couple of tours ago," Rock said. "It was just like, This is not as much fun as it used to be. I remember talking to George Carlin before he died and him saying the exact same thing."
With his new film "Top Five" close to release, Rock has been making the media rounds, giving interviews and appearing on shows, most notably hosting "Saturday Night Live." There he told a Boston Marathon joke and one about 9/11 and the new Freedom Tower.
"I don't pay that much attention to it," Rock told NYM of those who criticize him for a supposed lack of political correctness. "I mean, you don't want to piss off the people that are paying you, obviously, but otherwise I've just been really good at ignoring it. Honestly, it's not that people were offended by what I said.
"They get offended by how much fun I appear to be having while saying it. You could literally take everything I said on Saturday night and say it on Meet the Press, and it would be a general debate, and it would go away. But half of it's because they think they can hurt comedians."