Political Correctness Is Out Of Control

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Jerry Seinfeld.  He was the star of his hit TV comedy Seinfeld throughout the 90’s, and now he does a web show called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.  In an interview, they were asking him about comedy and stand up routines.  He said, “if you’re not funny, I’m not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that.”  He said that comedy is the ultimate form of justice.  The audience laughs or they don’t.  That’s the only real factor.

Then they asked him why almost all of his web show guests have been white males.  Of course, they were implying that he doesn’t have racial diversity in his show.  Where are the asians, blacks, women, and everybody else?  I loved Jerry’s response, “What is this, the census?”  The left is now saying he’s a racist.

This stuff makes me sick.  Click toward the bottom right to get it to play.

I’ve never seen a group as intolerant in all my life.  See that woman in the interview?  “I used to be a fan of Jerry, but now… UGH!”  The third woman’s response is so telling.  Listen carefully to what she says, “He’s had so much success, and he’s had that success doing things his way…” 

God forbid he does things his way on his show.  Why should it be your way, or anyone else’s way?  It’s his show.  And what is the left’s problem?  He was just saying comedy should be based on merit, not anything else.  What’s wrong with that?

It’s his cameras.  His cars.  His equipment.  His guests.  He’s the one paying to advertise the show.  You know what?  That gives him the right to have whoever he wants as his guests.  Period.

And by the way, he had Chris Rock and Mario Joyner on his web show.  So much for your claims he’s a racist.  He’s also had Tina Fey.  They’re not all white males.

If you deal with these leftists, you have to have a politically correct statement  prepared in advance for every question they ask you, and if you say anything they don’t like or disagree with, they’re going to boycott you and cause a giant stir.

If you’re going to accuse a person of racism, why Jerry Seinfeld?  He’s the racist?  Really?  Give me a break. Go after real racists, not the rich white guy whose success you can’t stand.

I’ve had it with political correctness, in all of its forms.   This isn’t equality, this is control.  This is one group of people trying to tell another group of people what to do with their things.  I don’t respect that at all.

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2 Responses to Political Correctness Is Out Of Control

  1. Jennifer says:

    Hi Jason–
    I agree with so much of what you write on your blog–your searching for a good life, your intellectual curiosity, your hard work studying and learning etc. but I am disappointed with your comments in this post.
    Why does someone have to be a “leftist” to point out if some show is lily-white? I am not a sociologist (but yes, I am a left-winger. Hey, I’m Canadian) but there is so much going on here, with this situation. I respectfully suggest that this is about a lot more than just political correctness.
    Over time, inclusion leads to acceptance. We see more female CEOs, it becomes normal (and they won’t have to answer any more stupid questions about their appearance or clothes). We see more black doctors and lawyers portrayed on TV, they are seen as part of a normal, diverse society. I recently read some comments from black Americans who said that if they had never seen the Cosby show, they would never have known that African-Americans could be doctors and lawyers. Another black American noted that if hadn’t been for the Roseanne show, they would never have known that white people could be poor.
    Media has such power to shape perception–perhaps they should wield that power (more) carefully. BTW, I remember watching Seinfeld years ago and I don’t remember one black character. I don’t know if my memory is correct on this. I do remember the kerfuffle over the fact that Friends never had black characters.
    In my experience and study, good and progressive change comes from people pushing in areas that are not seen as problematic. What is that Gandhi quote? First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Whenever I find myself reacting to something quite viscerally, I try to ask myself if there is something I cannot see or understand about a situation because of my entrenched culture, privileges or prejudices. Yes, I apply this to all information I take in, ‘left’ or ‘right’ because like you, I consider myself a thinker and seeker of knowledge. Best Regards–Jennifer

  2. Hi Jennifer,

    I remember seeing Yahoo’s CEO (Marissa Mayer is it?) deal with that. It really is terrible. Women deserve much better treatment. They shouldn’t have to deal with all of that.

    It’s laudable to use media in the way you mentioned. One of my literature professors told us a story of when he taught in a community college in a rural area of Missouri. I wish I could remember the story he told us. He asked his students a question like, “A baby is delivered by a relative, who isn’t the father, grandfather, or uncle.” It was more carefully worded than that, but the question was of that nature. They couldn’t come up with an answer. It was the aunt, but the rural students were incapable of imagining a female doctor. They all sat puzzled, having no idea who could have done it.

    It’s nice to see every lifestyle and race with a place in television today. I applaud that. If the networks find that that’s successful, and the creators of the shows are fine with it, then that’s fine with me too.

    But I ultimately believe in creative control. Jerry Seinfeld is not a racist. He’s never done anything to anybody. His show is his show. He doesn’t deserve this backlash. Saying he’s racist is a serious accusation.

    I also believe in merit. I feel employers should always hire and work with people who are best qualified for the job. If I was hiring for a position, and I go to look at applicants, I don’t consider race or gender. If my entire staff consists of white male scientists, and I get two new applicants, one a white male graduate from MIT with a 4.0 GPA with a PhD in Physics, and another a woman who graduated with a 2.5 GPA with a BS from some unknown school, I’m going with the MIT graduate. I’m not going to sacrifice the excellence of my staff to political correctness. It’s also not fair to the man who has obviously worked much harder than the woman. But I would hire a woman in a heartbeat, if she’s more qualified.

    It seems to me to live otherwise is to be sexist and racist. You used the word privilege. I like that word. No special privileges to anybody. We all ride on merit, and that’s all Jerry was saying. That’s the only way things can be fair.

    Now I’m sure it could be argued whether or not black, asian, and other actors were qualified for different acting positions on Seinfeld, Friends, and other shows. I can’t answer that because I don’t know. There probably were, and considering how long those shows were on the air, it’s unlikely that the only qualified actors who applied were white. If that’s the point you’re making, then I’ll agree, but I have to also concede that I can’t know the answer to that. Still, considering the quality of those shows, all the actors chosen were top notch. Competition had to be stiff. The end product was fantastic, and I don’t think it’s Jerry Seinfeld’s responsibility to fix racial problems in the world. If he created the problems, that’s one thing. If his shows were blatantly racist, insulting blacks, women, and other groups, he deserves a serious backlash. But he never did that. His job is to make funny television, and he’s done that. I like him.

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