"I wanna live long enough to see the younger generation not be woke enough for the next generation," Gervais, 60, declared. "It's going to happen. Don't they realize that? It's like, they're next. That's what's funny."
"We kicked out the old guard. We did it. There's only so woke and liberal you can get, and then you start going the other way. But it's inevitable," he went on.
Gervais has been a longtime critic of social justice and culture, and he has been particularly and publicly critical of attempts to get people fired over their opinion. "If it is choosing not to watch a comedian because you don't like them, that's everyone's right," he stated. "But when people are trying to get someone fired because they don't like their opinion about something that's nothing to do with their job, that's what I call cancel culture, and that's not cool.
"You turning off your own TV isn't censorship. You're trying to get other people to turn off their TV because you don't like something they're watching, that's different." Gervais' comments are relevant as there is currently a movement to cancel Dave Chappelle for his alleged "transphobic" comments in his latest special, The Closer.
Gervais insisted, "Everyone's allowed to call you an a**ehole, everyone's allowed to stop watching your stuff, everyone's allowed to burn your DVDs, but you shouldn't have to go to court for saying a joke that someone didn't like.
"And that's what we get dangerously close to. If you don't agree to someone's right to say something you don't agree with, you don't agree with freedom of speech," Gervais concluded.
The comedian and former Golden Globes host is often outspoken about cancel culture’s impact on the world of comedy and how difficult he finds it to make comedy in an environment where the consequences of one's words are so dire.
Last year, on an episode of the podcast “SmartLess,” the British funnyman joined hosts Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett. The conversation turned to cancel culture and provided Gervais with an opportunity to share his views on the subject further.
As he has before, he noted that the most dangerous part of the growing trend is how it can affect people’s livelihoods.
“The scary thing is being canceled if you say the wrong thing, and suddenly Netflix can take you off their platform,” he told the hosts.
“You could be the most woke, politically correct stand-up in the world at the moment, but you don’t know what it’s going to be like in 10 years time,” he continued. “You can get canceled for things you said 10 years ago.”