Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is not exactly known for shock humor; his television show and stand-up comedy are mostly enjoyed by humans of all ages, backgrounds, sexes and denominations. However these days Seinfeld is less worried about the “Soup Nazi” and more worried about the “PC Nazi.” Not that there is anything wrong with that.
What’s the deal?
Given his universal appeal it is particularly interesting that he of all people would be the comedian to speak up and protest political correctness on college campuses that some feel has gone too far. In a recent interview on ESPN, Colin Cowherd asked Seinfeld if he was worried about the politically correct climate. Seinfeld responded that other comedians tell him; “Don’t go near colleges, they’re so PC.”
He goes on to say;
“They just want to use these words. ‘That’s racist. That’s sexist. That’s prejudice.’ They don’t even know what they’re talking about.”
Listen to the interview here:
[[contentId: 2863870| | size: 75]]
Here is the deal; if Jerry Seinfeld is too “offensive” for your campus, maybe your campus is a little too sensitive. Did he drop some sexist airplane jokes or racially insensitive observations about shoe laces? Apparently these days it doesn’t take much to get the PC police on your case and this has comedians worried. He says some comics Seinfeld has talked to are very “calculating—is this the exact right mix? I think that’s—to me it’s anti-comedy. It’s more about PC-nonsense.”
It was Seinfeld’s own daughter who irked him about young people’s views on political correctness;
“My daughter is 14. My wife says to her, ‘Well, you know, in the next couple of years, I think maybe you’re going to want to hang around the city more on the weekends so you can see boys.’ You know, my daughter says, ‘That’s sexist!’
Unless the young Miss Seinfeld is one of those genius kids attending some liberal college at the age of 14, not sure who we should blame for that one, Jerry.
Not Newman this time!
There is a time and place for teaching political correctness, such as fighting institutional racism, sexism and homophobia; however it does not belong on the comedy stage. Unless, say for example a comedian starts hurling the N-Word at audience members like Jerry’s pal Michael Richards. Then you might want to learn the definition of racism. Here is an old, lost, NSFW episode of Seinfeld, that both Jerry and the PC police probably don’t want you to see:
Do you agree with Jerry Seinfeld? Are politically correct college campuses killing comedy?
Follow Phil Haney on Twitter @PhilHaney