The Mr. Bean actor told Radio Times that social media filled him with “fear about the future.”
Rowan Atkinson, one of Britain’s most successful actors, has said online cancel culture is “the digital equivalent of the medieval mob.”
Speaking ahead of the launch of an animated Mr Bean feature film, Atkinson also said that social media was causing more division than ever in society.
“The problem we have online is that an algorithm decides what we want to see, which ends up creating a simplistic, binary view of society,” he said.
“It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be ‘cancelled’.
“What we have now is the digital equivalent of the medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn.
“So it is scary for anyone who’s a victim of that mob and it fills me with fear about the future.”
Atkinson also revealed that he didn’t enjoy playing the role of Mr. Bean, explaining that the vocal arrangement for the upcoming film takes some of the burden off what was a “stressful and exhausting” experience.
“It’s easier for me to perform the character vocally than visually. I don’t much enjoy playing him.
“The weight of responsibility is not pleasant. I find it stressful and exhausting, and I look forward to the end of it,” he said.
The 65 year-old said the only role he enjoyed playing was in Blackadder, and that it was “certainly not impossible” for the programme to return.