Comedian Jerry Seinfeld came out boldly against political correctness madness in a series of recent interviews, saying that “there’s a creepy PC thing out there that really bothers me,” and that he doesn’t play colleges because of that. Predictably, because this is PC (Post Commonsense) America, where we are totally intolerant about anything except intolerance, there was a liberal backlash.
The irony is that Seinfeld has never been a comedian that tries his audience in the way that earlier shock comedians did. Seinfeld has never used blue material, nor does he intentionally try to offend anyone. So, the real irony is that Seinfeld, after exposing the PC nonsense, became offensive.
Whoopi Goldberg, from The View, made contradictory statements in criticizing Seinfeld: On the one hand she says that “comics are always offensive, that’s our job. We offend everybody.” Then she went on to say, “If you feel that it’s too hard to be funny without perhaps offending somebody, then maybe you should find some different stuff.”
New York magazine’s Annie Lowrey mocked him as well: “I kind of roll my eyes at Jerry Seinfeld. You know, he’s a billionaire – like I don’t feel sorry for him if people don’t laugh hard enough at his jokes.”
MSNBC’s Alex Wagner says Seinfeld has “fallen behind the times.”
All this criticism, not over an offensive joke, but over comments about PC and America’s growing intolerance over what liberals feel is sacrosanct.
SEINFELD SHOW AND PC HISTORY
Actually, Seinfeld has already met up with the PC police at least three times during his nine year run of his famous sitcom, “Seinfeld.”
1- Even in the 90s, the PC police were asking why there were so few blacks on the show — not that there weren’t. Phil Morris was one of the best recurring characters as attorney Jackie Chiles.
2- There was a memorable show when Seinfeld and his best friend George (played by Jason Alexander) were being labeled as “gay.” Even at the time, Seinfeld knew that the gay community may not be so favorably disposed toward the show. It wasn’t until Seinfeld came up with the tag line, “We’re not gay! — Not that there’s anything wrong with it.” That line, used as a “don’t bother me PC police” disclaimer line, did the trick. However, they had to use it repeatedly and it turned out to be a funny running gag throughout the show. And, if it wasn’t for that line, they might not have done the show at all.
3- In one of the last episodes, the PC police clashed with Seinfeld again. It was all about the horrendous New York City traffic endured during the Puerto Rican Day parade. The episode sparked angry letters, protests outside NBC’s Rockefeller Center in New York, and complaints from Puerto Rican activists. NBC formally apologized for the episode, and later pulled it from summer repeats. However, it later began to appear in syndication, and is featured in its entirety on the DVD set for Seinfeld’s ninth season.