“I don’t play colleges. I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.'”
These are the words spoken by Jerry Seinfeld, who is pushing back against political correctness. The 61-year-old comedian was a guest on the The Herd with Colin Cowherd last week and he said that today’s oversensitive society “hurts comedy.”
Seinfeld continues his rant:
“My daughter’s 14. My … wife says to her, ‘Well, you know, in the next couple years, I think maybe you’re going to want to be hanging around the city more on the weekends so you can see boys.’ You know what my daughter said? She says, ‘That’s sexist.’ They just want to use these words. ‘That’s racist.’ ‘That’s sexist.’ ‘That’s prejudiced.’ They don’t even know what the fuck they’re talking about.”
The subject of Louis C.K.’s recent controversial SNL monologue about pedophilia came up and Seinfeld said:
“Louis’ great gift is that he doesn’t worry. He just does his thing. If I wanted to say something, I would say it. I talk about the subjects I talk about because, for some reason, I can make them funny. The ones I can’t make funny, you don’t hear.”
The same sentiments were made by Chris Rock in a Vulture interview back in 2014:
“I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is because they’re way too conservative. Not in their political views — not like they’re voting Republican — but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody.
Kids raised on a culture of ‘We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose,’ or just ignoring race to a fault. You can’t say ‘the black kid over there.’ No, it’s ‘the guy with the red shoes.’ You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive.
I remember talking to George Carlin before he died and him saying the exact same thing.
There is an actual case for comedians having these feelings towards college campuses. In December, the University of California at Berkeley unsuccessfully attempted to prohibit Bill Maher from giving a commencement address because they believed that he is not politically correct on the topic of Muslims.
Then on Tuesday night, Seinfeld was on the Late Night with Seth Meyers where he continued the debate along with The New Yorker editor David Remnick. “There are more people now who let you know if they think you went over the line than ever before, states Meyers. Seinfeld reacted by saying, “Yeah, but they keep moving the lines in for no reason.”
“There’s a creepy PC thing out there that really bothers me,” Seinfeld revealed. This is all rather peculiar since Seinfeld is for the most part a very clean comic, and definitely steers clear of shock comedy.
So what do you think, is Seinfeld accurate that college campuses are too rigid or is he just an older gentleman who hasn’t moved along with the times to realize all of the positives from a more sensitive society?