Political correctness is once again the topic du jour. No one is going to dispute that what spews from Mark Kozelek’s mouth is misogynistic, but at what point do jokes remain just that — jokes? Is our society becoming too sensitive?
Jerry Seinfeld has a unique take on the PC culture — he thinks it’s hurting comedy. In a recent radio interview, Seinfeld admitted that he no longer plays shows at colleges because today’s generation is “too politically correct.”
“I don’t play colleges but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges, they’re so PC.’ I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that,” Seinfeld said. “But everyone else is kind of, with their calculating—is this the exact right mix? I think that’s—to me it’s anti-comedy. It’s more about PC-nonsense.”
“Let me give you an example,” Seinfeld continued. “My wife says to [my 14-year-old daughter], ‘Well, you know, in the next couple of years, I think you’re going to want to be hanging around the city more on the weekends, so you can see boys.’ And you know what my daughter says? She says ‘that’s sexist.’
“They just want to use these words. ‘That’s racist.’ ‘That’s sexist.’ ‘That’s prejudice.’ They don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about.”
Listen to Seinfeld’s comments below.