Roué Verveer's jokes are increasingly labeled as racist and sexist, but those accusations reject the comedian. In an interview with De Telegraaf , he stated on Saturday that people without humor get too much honor.
"We have to tease each other again without immediately calling victim assistance," says the 47-year-old comedian. Verveer says he's getting tired of the charges.
"I have been joking for ten to fifteen years about how men and women interact with each other. And about the behavior of population groups, whether they are Moroccans or Hindus. I have never had complaints about that for all these years, until now. draw my conclusion: it is not my problem, it is the complainants' problem. Something has changed there, not with me. "
Verveer states that there is a large group of people with a lot of humor and only a small group of 'humorless'. Yet it is especially the last group that demands a lot of attention. "The humorless nowadays receive far too much honor, attention and platform. Everything is immediately wrong, everything is immediately racist, everything is immediately misogynistic."
The comedian thinks it is a bad thing that especially comedians are now often put to the test.
Experiences with racism
Verveer thinks racism itself is a serious matter. "As a student in Amsterdam, I never entered the clubs around the Leidseplein. Too crowded, only for members. My friends didn't come in either."
Yet he is optimistic. "By the way, my two sons are coming in everywhere these days. It's going to be okay. If we start laughing a bit more at each other."
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