According to a report from the New York Times, Eddie Murphy, the legendary comedian, even though he’s not too worried about the effects of cancel culture, he does look back at some of his past material and feel bad about it. In fact, he claimed that he “cringes” at it.
During a conversation with reporters from the aforementioned publication, the 58-year-old claimed that when he looks back at some of his old material, he really wishes he would’ve thought differently. For instance, his Raw stand-up special from 1987, makes him feel terrible.
When promoting his upcoming film on Netflix, Dolemite is My Name, Murphy claimed he was just a “young guy” dealing with the feelings of a broken-heart, referring to himself as “kind of an a**hole.” As most know, Murphy made many controversial jokes in that special, including gay stereotypes, AIDS, gender stereotypes, as well as racial stereotypes.
Murphy stated that he thinks the jokes were “ignorant,” following his public apology around ten years later in 1996. In a statement at the time, Eddie claimed he regretted causing any of the pain that he may have created.
Murphy, the longtime actor, and stand-up comedian claimed he was learning about the AIDS epidemic in the same way that everyone else was in 1981. In 1996, Eddie was 35-years-old, and when he shot his Raw special, he was just 21-years-old.
“I’m a lot smarter about AIDS now,” the comedian said in his thirteen-year-old statement. Eddie’s new movie, Dolemite Is My Name, will come out on the 4th of October. As it was previously reported, Eddie has been a lot more visible in the public lately, following the announcement of a sequel to his iconic movie, Coming To America.
Additionally, Murphy said in past interviews that he had been working on music for his entire life, and it was something he never gave up despite his stand-up career. The actor claimed it was difficult for audiences to consider an artist as a “funny person” while at the same time accept them as a serious recording musician.