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Jerry Seinfeld's Blunt Take on Diversity in Comedy: 'Who Cares?'
yahoo.com ^ | February 4, 2014 | Dave Nemetz

Posted on 02/05/2014 12:14:13 PM PST by grundle

According to Jerry Seinfeld, comedy and political correctness don't mix.

The "Seinfeld" star had some surprisingly blunt things to say about the perceived lack of diversity on his shows in a chat with BuzzFeed and CBS News.

In the clip above, the host brings up the fact that most of the guests Seinfeld has had on his Web series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," have been white males. Seinfeld is clearly uncomfortable with the line of questioning, muttering, "Oh, this really pisses me off."

He continues, "People think it's the census or something? Does this [have to] represent the actual pie chart of America? Who cares? Funny is the world I live in. If you're funny, I'm interested. If you're not funny, I'm not interested. And I have no interest in race or gender or anything like that."

Seinfeld then takes a shot at "everyone else [who] is calculating, 'Is this the exact right mix?' To me, it's anti-comedy. It's more about P.C. nonsense than 'Are you making us laugh or not?'"

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1 posted on 02/05/2014 12:14:13 PM PST by grundle
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To: grundle
And I have no interest in race or gender or anything like that."

Easy to say if you're a rich white guy.

2 posted on 02/05/2014 12:16:35 PM PST by xone
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To: xone

NO SOUP DIVERSITY FOR YOU !!


3 posted on 02/05/2014 12:18:49 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
NO DIVERSITY FOR YOU !!

If only...

4 posted on 02/05/2014 12:20:18 PM PST by xone
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To: grundle

Between this and his ripping of Lady Gaga, we may turn Jerry into a Conservative yet.


5 posted on 02/05/2014 12:20:23 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: grundle

Wait? He’s saying no diversity in comedy? So if every comic decided to be a prop comic, and there were not standard or insult comics, it would be okay? I disagree.


6 posted on 02/05/2014 12:20:50 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: grundle
"People think it's the census or something? Does this [have to] represent the actual pie chart of America? Who cares? Funny is the world I live in. If you're funny, I'm interested. If you're not funny, I'm not interested. And I have no interest in race or gender or anything like that." Seinfeld then takes a shot at "everyone else [who] is calculating, 'Is this the exact right mix?' To me, it's anti-comedy. It's more about P.C. nonsense than 'Are you making us laugh or not?'"

Maybe we could bus in some black comedians?

7 posted on 02/05/2014 12:21:18 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: grundle

Why is CBS so racist? WTF does color have to do with anything?
Funny is funny. Hell Bugs was a rabbit is PETA pissed?


8 posted on 02/05/2014 12:22:06 PM PST by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: xone

Well, yeah, that’s why he should say it.

The rich white guys have power let them use it for good, like when there’s a call to wave the BS flag on political correctness and diversity which now is divisiveness


9 posted on 02/05/2014 12:23:39 PM PST by stanne
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To: grundle

I agree. I am no fan of Jerry Seinfeld, but if something makes me laugh, I watch it. If it doesn’t, I’m not gonna sit there and watch. Damn PC.


10 posted on 02/05/2014 12:24:23 PM PST by snowtigger
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To: grundle
Jerry Seinfeld is right to be annoyed when the PC police start whining about the number of 'minorities' on his show that interviews comedians. It's another example of how the PC 'diversity' mania has turned into a litmus test for everything. I suspect Seinfeld is a liberal but apparently he is fed up with the PC police counting how many professional black, brown and female comics he interviews about their craft and then taking him to task if the number doesn't match some predetermined percentage.

I wish Seinfeld would have turned the tables and asked if anyone does the diversity calculations on the racial makeup in the NBA. Of course not because that would be 'racist'. Such is the hypocrisy of the PC crowd.

11 posted on 02/05/2014 12:26:02 PM PST by Jim Scott
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To: grundle

“It’s more about P.C. nonsense than ‘Are you making us laugh or not?’”

Good for you Jerry!


12 posted on 02/05/2014 12:26:40 PM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: stanne

Geez, read the thread.


13 posted on 02/05/2014 12:27:29 PM PST by xone
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To: grundle

I see a lot of comedians on TV both black and white that I think are funny. Then I watch a Youtube of their live shows and think this stuff isn’t funny. I’m not a prude and I saw some of Richard Pryor’s raw stuff and thought he was good. It just seems to me that a lot of comedians use vulgarity and bathroom humor to get through an hour when they only have 10 minutes of good material.


14 posted on 02/05/2014 12:28:01 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: grundle

And yet he’s still an O-supporting liberal.

Too bad, because I mostly-liked ‘Seinfeld’.


15 posted on 02/05/2014 12:28:02 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: grundle

I grew up believing that the funniest people were Jewish....I accepted it....


16 posted on 02/05/2014 12:28:10 PM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: xone

I say it all the time!!


17 posted on 02/05/2014 12:28:15 PM PST by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: Starstruck
It just seems to me that a lot of comedians use vulgarity and bathroom humor to get through an hour when they only have 10 minutes of good material.

Agreed. I always say "If all you got is potty jokes, you got nuthin'".

18 posted on 02/05/2014 12:31:46 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: grundle
Actually you will find a number of interesting episodes in which Seinfeld ridicules PC, from the "anti-dentite" episode, to Tim Watley's attempt to achieve "total joke immunity" by converting from Catholicism to Judaism, to the sub-plot in which Elaine tries desperately to determine if someone she's dating is or is not black -- and whether she's even allowed to discuss it with her friends.

And of course, there is George's manager, who looks like a bit like Sugar Ray Leonard, and the anti-PC hilarity that ensues when George tries to convince him that he doesn't just think that because "you all look alike."

Throw in the iconic "not that there's anything wrong with that," line and the rarely discussed fact that no gay character in Seinfeld is ever portrayed as anything but a d0chebag [at best] and you start to wonder ...

19 posted on 02/05/2014 12:31:53 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: xone
Easy to say if you're a rich white guy.

That seems like a ridiculous statement. Should people who are not rich white guys be focused on race and/or gender? Why?
20 posted on 02/05/2014 12:35:43 PM PST by youngidiot (God help us.)
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To: youngidiot

Read the thread again.


21 posted on 02/05/2014 12:36:38 PM PST by xone
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To: FredZarguna

Not that there is anything wrong with that...


22 posted on 02/05/2014 12:38:37 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: FredZarguna

Hey, you talkin’ to me! [Cuban accent]


23 posted on 02/05/2014 12:39:48 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: xone

I would describe him as an expert commenting on comedy, not as a rich, white guy commenting on it.


24 posted on 02/05/2014 12:51:22 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: FredZarguna

Don’t forget the episode that’s never shown, The Puerto Rican Day.


25 posted on 02/05/2014 12:57:24 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

26 posted on 02/05/2014 1:01:17 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: ansel12
He surely isn't an expert in irony in that he is being pilloried by the same thought police that he, by virtue of being a rich white guy, helped create and continues to sustain via the political contributions he makes and the pols he supports. The only popular thing he avoided was being accused of being rich.

Had he not been Seinfeld, not as a rich, white guy, that would have been next.

27 posted on 02/05/2014 1:05:53 PM PST by xone
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To: Moonman62

I also forgot about the “You not wearing the ribbon? You got to wear the ribbon!”


28 posted on 02/05/2014 1:13:09 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: xone

Maybe they just don’t like rich Jewish comedians.


29 posted on 02/05/2014 1:18:35 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: grundle


30 posted on 02/05/2014 1:28:11 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: ansel12

Or just the Jewish part. All arising from his support of the people that brought us the thought police.


31 posted on 02/05/2014 1:36:46 PM PST by xone
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To: grundle
Seinfeld is clearly uncomfortable with the line of questioning, muttering, "Oh, this really pisses me off."

It doesn't sound like he's uncomfortable. It sounds like he's angry at the stupidity of the question. And rightly so.

32 posted on 02/05/2014 1:41:38 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: grundle
I don't know who this person is and why I should care.

This is sarcasm.

33 posted on 02/05/2014 2:03:37 PM PST by Oratam
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To: grundle

What Seinfeld is seeing is the death of comedy. Would The Dean Martin Roasts be allowed on TV today, no. Would CBS put All In The Family on today, no. Would HBO show the Andrew Dice Clay special in the year 2014, hell no.


34 posted on 02/05/2014 3:50:15 PM PST by gusty
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To: xone
Easy to say if you're a rich white guy.

Oh. So, you're criticizing what he said?

Rich, white guys' opinions are suspect because they're, um, rich, white guys?

Or is your amazing subtlety escaping me?

35 posted on 02/05/2014 4:27:46 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> the host brings up the fact that most of the guests Seinfeld has had on his Web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” have been white males.

Keep voting for the Demagogic Party, Jerry.


36 posted on 02/05/2014 7:31:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: BfloGuy
Or is your amazing subtlety escaping me?

Apparently, #27

37 posted on 02/05/2014 9:10:10 PM PST by xone
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