Jerry Seinfeld and political correctness in school

Jerry Seinfeld recently did a radio interview on ESPN with Colin Cowherd where he said that its becoming harder to do stand up at  college campuses anymore because “There’s a creepy PC thing out there that really bothers me.”

After Seinfeld’s remarks, the interview went viral.

“They just want to say these words. That’s racist, that’s sexist, that’s prejudice. They don’t even know what they’re talking about,” Seinfeld said in the interview. 

It somehow seems appropriate that Seinfeld would be the one to kick this debate off on the internet as his show, one of the most successful in TV history made its mark on making fun of politically correct situations.

For those familiar with the Seinfeld show, the “Cigar Store Indian,” Elaine’s interracial dating incident which neither one turned out to be ethnic, “Marlene the cashier,” and of course, the big one, being gay, “not that there is anything wrong with that.”

In the ESPN interview Cowherd made an interesting observation.

“ (He) mentioned to Seinfeld that Conan O’Brien made a Caitlyn Jenner joke two days before her interview with Diane Sawyer. Cowherd believes that, had Conan done the joke two days later, he would have been labeled a ‘bigot.’”

Not hearing the joke I can’t comment but I understand fully what Cowherd is getting  at, while he was still Bruce, it was ok to laugh at it, but once he became Caitlyn that would have been politically incorrect to do so.

Seinfeld acknowledged that he doesn’t do college campuses but his colleagues Chris Rock and Larry the cable guy who used to make a good living off that circuit will not play college campuses anymore.

Rock, arguably one of the funniest guys anywhere, anytime, succinctly put it this way.

“I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is because they’re way too conservative…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.”

It does appear that this is a growing trend among people under the age of thirty, going to college or who are out in the workforce indoctrinated into a highly charged  politically correct environment where history is taught with 21st century morality being applied to 17th century attitudes.

How can you not screw up young vulnerable minds with emphasizing gender and race instead of America’s founding fathers and the Constitution?

No wonder when young people are exposed to the art of normal societal mores, they aren’t getting it. Comedians’  jokes are just too offensive to women, gays, Hispanics, and other targets good for a laugh.

One student was quoted in one of the articles agreeing that a PC world is better than what we had before. Sophie Varon said:

“I think for society as a whole it is a good thing, I think that we are becoming more sensitive and more aware of how to talk to and treat other people, but like I said, I think there are times when we can still like laugh at things.”

But, the comments after the article were almost 100% in agreement with Seinfeld and the other comedians and interviewers on the issue. Most of them identified themselves as student age, and some even labeled their own ethnicities. You can draw from that as you will.

My thoughts are that I wonder how many people on the street did they have to ask before they got Sophie’s view, which was ambiguous at best.

Seinfeld said that it was definitely hurting comedy. So, the PC world built by the Left wing education system is turning out a generation of narrowly focused dolts, who can’t distinguish between what’s offensive and what isn’t. To them it’s all offensive. When in doubt, call it racist. If it comes from someone over the age of 35, be sure to label them sexist.

Defending free speech goes beyond what happened in Garland, Texas a few weeks ago. We need to win it on the university campus as well, on the stage, in comedy, and all other art forms, music, literature, film. Whether Seinfeld meant to do it or not, this is crux of the issue. accepting speech, you may find offensive, and in Seinfeld’s world actually laughing about it.

We are ruining our world allowing this “new” educational process of the last 20-30 years to make automatons out of our kids. They don’t  want to laugh anymore, at themselves which can be wonderfully cathartic, or at others in a comedic environment which can draw connections between people socially that otherwise would never happen.

It’s time to swing the pendulum of acceptability in social situations back toward the middle regardless of the Howard Zinn, Karl Marx, Burka driven know nothings that think they know everything. We need to come back to a reasonable middle where people can laugh at themselves and still know when someone has gone too far, find common ground in comedy, in our lives, and in our society.

Here is my best advice to the under 30 crowd.

LIGHTEN UP!

one of the funniest moments in TV history. Too bad that today’s generation will find something about it that is offensive
Photo at top courtesy of abc.com

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