Seinfeld on common sense vs. politically correct

If the shoe fits . . .

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By Jim Bowman


Jerry Seinfeld, asked accusingly why he featured only white males in the first ten episodes of his web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," took issue with the diversity standard.

"Funny is the world that I live in. You're funny, I'm interested. You're not funny, I'm not interested.

"I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that. But everyone else is kind of, with their little calculating – is this the exact right mix?" Seinfeld said. "To me it's anti-comedy. It's more about PC-nonsense than 'are you making us laugh or not?'"


"Take a look over here, Peter [the questioner]. What do you see?" Seinfeld said [ironically], scanning the audience. "A lot of whiteys! What is going on here? This really pisses me off."

"People think it's the census or something? I mean, this has got to represent the actual pie chart of America? Who cares?"

I don't.

And while I have you, take a look at the post-10 Chris Rock episode.

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Jim Bowman from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 7th, 2014 4:13 PM

Bill, what I had was not clear. I added "ironically," as you see. He was applying the questioner's diversity requirement to those gathered to question him, mocking the requirement, or rather, turning it around on the immediate situation. OK?

Bill D  

Posted: February 7th, 2014 10:05 AM

Nad where exactly were Rock and Seinfeld going for coffee. Columbia?

Bill D  

Posted: February 7th, 2014 9:58 AM

Not sure why there being "a bunch of whities" in his audience matters to Seinfeld so much that it pisses him off. My take is that white people decided to show up, and black people (would Seinfeld refer to them as "darkies," I wonder) decided not to.

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