Comedian Jeff Foxworthy opened up to Fox News about “cancel culture” in today’s comedy world.
Foxworthy talks about whether the word “redneck” has changed for him over the years as well as other issues.
Foxworthy has received multiple Grammy nominees and is considered the largest selling comedy-recording artist in history.
In 2014, Foxworthy was also inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
Here is some of the interview with Fox News:
Fox News: As a comedian, what do you make of the cancel culture in today’s comedy world?
Jeff Foxworthy: I talk to my comic friends about this. It was like in the late ’80s or ’90s if I was writing a routine, I might say, well, men do this and women do that. And then you would have some man or woman say, “Well, I don’t do that.” And you know, part of me is like, “I know it’s a joke.” You know, play along. But I started writing, I do this, my wife does that. But we’ve gotten to the point nobody has a sense of humor about themselves.
And my thought is we’re all a mess. We all make mistakes. And in fact, I had gotten to the point where I was saying, when I walked out on stage, that I remind myself right before I walk out that everybody’s going through a struggle, everybody. It might be financial, physical, emotional… So I have grace with people because you don’t know what they’re going through.
And I don’t think laughter makes the struggle go away, but laughter is like the release valve that keeps the boiler from exploding. So, let’s learn to laugh at ourselves. When other people make a mistake, have grace with them, when we make a mistake, we hope people give us grace in return. And I just would love to see us get back to that.
Fox News: Has the meaning of the word “redneck” changed for you over the years since you first started doing comedy?
Foxworthy: Well, I was doing those jokes, like when I first started, and it was in response to people calling me that. I understood it. I grew up in the country. I bow hunt, I fish, I drove a pickup truck, and they were always like, “Oh, Jeff, you just redneck from Georgia.”
What I found traveling the country was, this isn’t just a Georgia thing. You get 20 minutes outside of any city, and people were pretty much the same. But even as I was writing them, I always made them about being a glorious absence of sophistication. And so I just never viewed it as something nasty or negative. To me, it was more, “Hey, here’s somebody that’s from the country and they love that lifestyle.”