Jojo Rabbit's Stephen Merchant on why U.S. satire has "lost its nerve"

  • Published: 14 October 2019
  • Given that Stephen Merchant is the co-creator of The Office, as well as the co-writer of both Extras and Life’s Too Short, it’s a fair assumption that he knows a little bit about comedy. That’s why we thought he’d make an excellent person to ask about the current global state of satire. While places like our sister site The Onion hold down the satirical American fort ably, other countries like the U.K. and Taika Waititi’s New Zealand have growing, thriving satire scenes that are arguably producing work that’s eclipsing the States’ output in global popularity. Merchant weighed in on the scene comparisons on the Jojo Rabbit red carpet, saying in the clip above that perhaps America just takes itself a little too seriously.

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Comments • 10

  • Chris Bautista
    Chris Bautista  1 months back

    Stephen Merchant is right though. America today has lost its nerve. That’s why Hollywood don’t make any movies that would upset China. You can’t mock Xi Jinping, Xinnie the 💩🐻 or the CCP. You have to kowtow to China and self censor, for fear of being banned to lose lucrative business income in mainland China.

  • CaptainEO420
    CaptainEO420  1 months back

    Bigots love bigotry. I bet he loves seinfeld. Euro trash.

    • L1LE1
      L1LE1  1 months back

      So you cannot tolerate his opinion just as much as he 'apparently' cannot tolerate another's?

      Do you mean that because he's a Euro that he's trash?
      Or that he's trash because he's a Euro?

      I'm actually interested in the motives in what made you create such a comment.

  • Tosin Adekanye
    Tosin Adekanye  1 months back

    No, America moved on. Those movies were topical and of their time.
    I love Taika's movies though. Jojo rabbit looks great

    • L1LE1
      L1LE1  1 months back

      @Tosin Adekanye Because of how influential the United States is.
      The US is hugely influential, especially when it comes to culture.
      Films, Television, and even the President sadly enough.

    • Tosin Adekanye
      Tosin Adekanye  1 months back

      @L1LE1 true. But why make that an American thing?

    • L1LE1
      L1LE1  1 months back

      @Tosin Adekanye This is probably a justification that what they're doing isn't anything new and shouldn't really have such a controversial response for having a comedy with Nazis.

      The thing is that for me, there are those that just won't be into it humour-wise. I understand that it won't be for everyone.

      However, Merchant has stated a sort of "What's the problem?" response to those that hate the film thinking that the Nazis seem like fun people, despite the real life atrocities. So there are definitely critics that squirm or just plain dislike it because of there being Nazis in a comedy.

    • Tosin Adekanye
      Tosin Adekanye  1 months back

      @L1LE1 the movies Stephen Merchant mentioned were of their time. Unless there's a unique perspective there's no point in Nazi satire being made. He's insinuating that America lost their nerve because they weren't made anymore.

    • L1LE1
      L1LE1  1 months back

      Moved on?
      That depends on the amount of people that dislike the satire of a horrific regime.
      If many people hate the film simply because it's a comedy with Nazis, then apparently they haven't moved on at all.