Jerry Seinfeld spoke out against the biggest threat to comedy today: political correctness.
Seinfeld went on Colin Cowherd's radio show and talked about why he won't do stand-up at college campuses.
I hear that all the time. I don't play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, 'Don't go near colleges, they're so PC.' I'll give you an example. My daughter's 14. My wife says to her, 'Well you know in the next couple of years I think maybe you're gonna want to hang around the city more on the weekends, so you can see boys.' And my daughter, she says, 'That's sexist.' They just want to use these words. 'That's racist, that's sexist. that's prejudice.' They don't know what they're talking about.
When comedians are afraid of offending, they often stop being funny. Comedy is built on the need to shock and surprise.
If people aren't willing to rattle cages for fear of backlash, comedy will be rendered powerless. Without brutal honesty, comedy will cease to be funny.
Seinfeld wholeheartedly agreed.
When asked if political correctness hurts comedy, Seinfeld said,
Yes it does. Yes it does.
Of course, this all comes in the wake of Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover.
Unfortunately, it seems if you even try to make light of the situation, you risk being labeled a bigot.