Cancel culture has come after many high profile people who have done or said bad things in the past. But despite angering people here and there and sharing non-politically correct opinions, Charles Barkley has kept his job at TNT with no real issues.
If you’re wondering why? That’s largely because Barkley is an irreplaceable personality who combines wit, wit, and fearlessness like no other in sports broadcasting. But also because Barkley knows what to do and what not To do.
Barkley and his “The Steam Room” co-host Ernie Johnson talked about social media and cancellations on a recent episode of the show. Barkley said social media and email stuff “has reared its ugly head again” (around 3:30 p.m. on the episode).
Barkley then shared his secrets.
The way Barkley avoids trouble is that he doesn’t put things in writing. Instead, he talks the old fashioned way behind people’s backs!
“To all you idiots, fools and jerks out there, it’s okay to talk bad about people. We all do. But we don’t leave a paper trail. I talk badly about people the old-fashioned way – behind their backs. I didn’t put it in writing,’ said Barkley.
Barkley said that whenever he has something bad to say about his “Inside the NBA” co-hosts, he does it while enjoying a beer with some friends.
Barkley doesn’t have social media, so that helps his cause too. While no one is untouchable when it comes to canceling culture, Barkley does a great job of avoiding it one way or the other.