Jerry Seinfeld: Political Correctness Hurts Comedy
Jerry Seinfeld spoke with ESPN radio’s Colin Cowherd and said that the politically correct climate in America has hurt comedy. On college campuses, it’s even worse. It’s so bad, many comedians won’t consider performing for universities.
Chris Rock has made similar complaints about performing before a hyper-sensitive college crowd, yet he seems to think their PC-ness is a result of being “too conservative.” (But that’s a whole other matter) Though Seinfeld doesn’t play colleges, he has heard this complaint from many of his fellow comedians who do.
He said most people want to throw around words like “sexist” or “racist” without really knowing what they mean. And he used his 14-year-old daughter as the example: Seinfeld’s wife was telling their daughter than in a couple of years, she will be more interested in boys and will want to go places to be around them. “You know what my daughter says?” he asked. “She says, ‘That’s sexist.'” He continued:
They just want to use these words — ‘that’s racist,’ ‘that’s sexist,’ ‘that’s prejudiced’ — they don’t even know what they’re talking about.
Cowherd asked if it hurts comedy, to which Seinfeld replied, “Yes, it does.” It was posed by Cowherd that Conan O’Brien’s joke about Bruce Jenner days before the Dianne Sawyer interview would’ve had a completely different reaction had it come days after because of political correctness.
Interview segment below:
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