Rowan Atkinson has spoken up about so-called cancel culture, likening it to "a medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn".
The Mr Bean and Blackadder star made the comments in an interview with UK outlet Radio Times before they were reported on by several organisations including Variety.
Atkinson joins a growing chorus of older comedians such as John Cleese ad Ricky Gervais who have lashed out at "woke" social media.
"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," Atkinson 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.'
"It's important that we're exposed to a wide spectrum of opinion, but what we have now is the digital equivalent of the medieval mob roaming the streets looking for someone to burn."
He added that the rise in popularity of social media has made his outlook on the future fairly bleak.
"It is scary for anyone who's a victim of that mob and it fills me with fear about the future... I have no desire to have any presence on social media. What happens there is a sideshow in my world."
Meanwhile, Atkinson and co-star Tony Robinson both spoke to Radio Times this week about reprising their Blackadder roles, igniting rumours about a potential reboot.