“You can't even have fun nowadays without these jackasses trying to get you canceled,” TNT’s NBA Analyst Charles Barkley said Monday in an interview discussing how Cancel Culture has made it hard for sports broadcasters to say anything because people are looking for a reason to get them fired.
In an interview on 106.7 The Fan's "Grant and Danny" show, NBA Hall of Famer Barkley said that the tyranny of the Speech Police is a relatively new phenomenon:
"We can't even have fun anymore. We've had fun all these years, and now all of a sudden in the last year and a half, everybody's trying to get everybody fired, and it really sucks."
Broadcasters used to joke around to liven up a boring game, but now, “You really have to think about all the fun stuff you used to say,” Barley explained. “We’re on television from eight o’clock until two in the morning, so if you don’t have some fun, there’s no need to be there. It’s a long night.” “If the game isn’t good, we try to have as much fun as possible,” Barkley said.
"They're coming for your head, and a lot of our bosses are cowards," Barkley said. “If you crack a joke the wrong way, they're like, 'Oh, no, no, no, no. You crossed a line.'"
“We played basketball and now I get paid to talk about basketball. If you take yourself too seriously on doing something like stupid basketball and now talking about it, you need to have your head checked. I really believe that,” Barkley said.
“I believe I’m the luckiest dude in the world,” Barkley said, explaining how grateful he is to have had a career as both a player and an announcer.
Despite Cancel Culture, Barkley said he plans to work “another couple of years until I’m 60 and, then, they can kiss my ass.”