It’s one of the great tragedies of life when a beloved artist or public figure says something problematic, subsequently making it difficult to enjoy their work. Yes, we should separate the art from the artist, but there’s a difference between ignoring general dicklike behavior and supporting someone who doesn’t care about anyone who isn’t them. Yesterday, social media blew up when once-lovably whiney comedian Jerry Seinfeld claimed on a radio show that he no longer performs at college campuses because they’re too politically correct. Unfortunately, die-hard fans of Seinfeld were too blinded by their love for the show (and perhaps the zeitgeist) to see past Seinfeld’s troubling words.
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Thank god for the following people on Twitter, who called out Seinfeld’s naive bullshit and privileged viewpoint.
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Thank God we live in a world where there’s no racism or sexism, so it’s unnecessary to ever talk about it. @JerrySeinfeld
— Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) June 9, 2015
“It is literally impossible to come up with good airplane food jokes while under the jurisdiction of the PC police.” – Jerry Seinfeld
— Keith Calder (@keithcalder) June 9, 2015
Jerry Seinfeld seems like a man slowly realizing his pinnacle is long behind him. It’s hard to accept your day is up but it ends for us all. — Austin Shinn (@untitleduser) June 9, 2015
Wanna feel old? This is Jerry Seinfeld today: pic.twitter.com/LhuHYAZFO9
— Rhea Butcher (@RheaButcher) June 9, 2015
Jerry Seinfeld was the patron saint of guys whose lives were so privileged, the only comedy they could write was about consumer products. — Holly Wood (@girlziplocked) June 8, 2015
Jerry Seinfeld getting into million dollar cars with other millionaires doesn’t resonate with kids taking out 100k in school loans? No….
— Holly Wood (@girlziplocked) June 9, 2015
There are strange white men defending Jerry Seinfeld in my mentions who presumably have no idea how little I value their thoughts. — Holly Wood (@girlziplocked) June 9, 2015
Reminder that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is funnier than Jerry Seinfeld and keeps getting funnier with age
— Imperator Quicksand (@QuicksandBuddy) June 9, 2015
Jerry Seinfeld doesn’t get enough credit for casting 19 black actors over the 180 episodes of Seinfeld — kevino’shea (@OSheaComputer) June 9, 2015
Let’s all take a moment of silence and remember that Jerry Seinfeld essentially came out of retirement to make The Bee Movie.
— Justin Doak (@WalleStreete) June 9, 2015
Imagine being so privileged that you’re shocked if someone doesn’t love Jerry Seinfeld. — Cate_Gary (@Cate_Gary) June 9, 2015
Of course, the “what is the deal” jokes were plenty.
“Ya can’t be racist, ya can’t be sexist, so what CAN ya be? What’s the DEAL with what can ya BE?!”
— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) June 8, 2015
*jerry seinfeld voice* what’s the deal with being the far less talented half of a comedy writing duo? — underrated tweets (@samknight1) June 9, 2015
what’s the deal with comedians not seeing sexism in reducing their daughters to irrational bags of lust pic.twitter.com/yW6p543inf
— Anthony VI (@vogon) June 8, 2015