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Jerry Seinfeld won’t kowtow to “PC nonsense”


Jerry Seinfeld has an online series called "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee". It's pretty funny.

But some people aren't laughing, because they're unhappy that Seinfeld has featured white male comedians (even though they are not all white males - he's had Chris Rock and Tina Fey, for example, on the show). In a recent interview, Seinfeld was asked about that, and he was unapologetic:

People think it's the Census or something... I mean, this has gotta represent the actual pie chart of America? Who cares? Funny is the world I live in. You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that. 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.

No, wrong answer, say some. In an op-ed for CNN, LZ Granderson says Seinfeld doesn't "get" diversity:

'PC nonsense,' to use Seinfeld's words, is employing unqualified women and minorities for the sake of fulfilling an HR checkbox. But 'PC nonsense' is also being challenged for not including women and minorities and then pretending you don't see race or gender, only shades of comedy. In a country that is 51% women and 37% minority, living in a city (New York) that is 53% women and 66% minority, saying something like that just sounds stupid.

Alice Jones in the British newspaper The Independent writes that Seinfeld "race rant" is "no laughing matter":  "Seinfeld might live in a 'world of funny' but there is a real world out there too that no 21st-century comedian worth his or her salt should ignore." Gawker's Kyle Chayka says: "Comedy should represent the entire pie chart of America, and the glorious, multicolored diversity pie should be thrown directly at Jerry Seinfeld's face."

These po-faced comments prove Seinfeld's point about PC being "anti-comedy". "Political correctness" started 20-plus years ago, and was widely ridiculed, made fun of on comedy shows even... and yet, here we are, still living with it, it refuses to die. PC is a tyranny whose enforcers will not let any area of life - no matter how unpolitical or personal - live free from their watchful eye.  Way to go Jerry, keep speaking your mind.

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