Most complaints about "woke/cancel culture" boil down to this:
Before social media, communities without a platform typically were left out of the conversation. They didn't think you were funny then, either. You just never had to hear their reactions before, and you haaaaaate it.
You can make and market anything you want. You can make the most outrageous offensive comedy of all time. Go for it. But if people don't go or they hate it, that's not you being cancelled. That's how art works, Touchy Diaper Baby. Sorry the "wrong" audience got louder, I guess?
Someone should tell Danny McBride and the fucking lunatics over at RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES or the people making BIG MOUTH that comedy is dead and there's no edgy or outrageous humor allowed. Just to name two at-this-exact-moment examples. Or SUNNY, for god's sake.
I grew up a super-fan of SOAP. It was one of the first shows that I loved that I could tell was not meant for kids in any way, and I adored it. And a big part of the reason was because of Jessica Tate, played by the great Katherine Helmond.
It remains a singular accomplishment. She's sexy, she's hilarious, she's a space cadet, she's capable of enormous kindness and warmth, she's maternal, she's childlike... no one could have done what she did with that role. No. One.
When BRAZIL came out in 1985, it immediately became my favorite film. And again, one of the best things in that film is Helmond. Her work is so lacerating, such a brutal perfect embodiment of that fussy vanity, that desperate clinging to youth by bizarre means.