Jerry Seinfeld Thinks Comedy Is Dead…Or Is He Just Annoyed With His Daughter?
Comedian, car collector, and father of normcore Jerry Seinfeld is speaking out against what he believes to be the plague of all comedy: political correctness. In an interview with Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio, the Seinfeld star explained why he doesn’t want to perform for college students, a typically popular audience for stand-up comics. “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,” he said. “Kids are using words like ‘sexist’ and ‘racist’ and they don’t even know what those terms mean.”
He clarified with an example of his daughter: “My daughter’s 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.’ They just want to use these words. ‘That’s racist. That’s sexist. That’s prejudiced. They don’t even know what they’re talking about.”
It seems like Seinfeld is taking his frustration with his teenage daughter out on the rest of us. For one, there’s a huge difference between fourteen-year-old girls and college students. The latter are more mature, for sure. And as for trying too hard to be politically correct — that extends well beyond college campuses and the minds of twenty-year old students. PC culture isn’t hurting comedy, if anything, it’s giving comedians more of an opportunity to be brash and shock audiences.