Former President Barack Obama said Tuesday he wants to cancel the youth’s penchant for cancel-itis.
The 58-year-old, speaking in Chicago at an Obama Foundation Summit, expressed concern that young people are attempting to be “as judgmental as possible about other people.”
“This idea of purity, and you’re never compromised, and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly,” Obama said. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”
The former commander-in-chief continued on, drawing laughter with a reference to the sitcom “Grown-ish.”
“Like, if I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right, or used the wrong verb, then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself, ‘cause man, you see how woke I was?” Obama said sarcastically. “I called you out. Let me get on TV, watch my show, watch ‘Grown-ish.’ You know, that’s not activism.”