Growing up in the 1990s there was only one stand-up/sitcom comedian everyone loved. His unique brand of minimalist comedy was and still is as sharp and well-written as any set ever created. His take on airplane trips, Halloween costumes and the answering machine were not inherently funny, but instead a perfect blend of style, tone, diction and delivery, making the most mundane almost majestic. He ruled the TV airwaves with the greatest sitcom of all time, Seinfeld, and never tried to repeat greatness, bowing out with the audience wanting more. So when universally beloved “master of his domain” Jerry Seinfeld says that he doesn’t want to visit college campuses to play crowds because they’re too politically correct, then it is time to re-evaluate our millennial culture.
Recently, on ESPN radio, Seinfeld was “yada yada yadaing” about comedy with host Colin Cowherd. “I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC,’ “ he said. The host had just mentioned how Larry the Cable Guy and Chris Rock had given up on the college crowd, and Seinfeld shared his lack of desire to visit the institutions that claim to be places where ideas can be discussed and evaluated freely. But if liberal comedians don’t feel safe, who can?
Seinfeld continued with a clear breakdown of how young people today use PC buzz words to express themselves. “I’ll give you an example,” he said. “My daughter’s 14. My wife says to her, ‘Well, you know, in the next couple years, I think maybe you’re going to want to be hanging around the city more on the weekends, so you can see boys.’ You know what my daughter says? She says, ‘That’s sexist.’ “ Now how does a 14-year-old come up with that type of sociological analysis? The educational system that fosters such tired lingo, that’s how. “They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist,’ ‘That’s sexist,’ ‘That’s prejudice.’ They don’t even know what the f**k they’re talking about.” Obviously, Seinfeld must feel passionate about this idea, hence the swearing, not a trademark of his usually clean act.
Of course, the irony of this story is that it is happening on college campuses, places that claim to accept diversity; but most common-sense conservatives know that college diversity is about race and gender, not ideas. College diversity is virtually skin deep. Stand-up comedy is not modern philosophy, but instead a humorous analysis of life’s current or past situations. Any funny friend you might have could tell you that the point of comedy is to be funny, and sometimes that means saying things you might not agree with, but the joke is too good to pass up. Yet with this current culture of PC 20-somethings upset that anyone could be offended, trying to put a smile on someone’s face could be the end of a person’s career. And because of our viral digital media, a joke can follow you the rest of your life. Just ask Seinfeld’s former co-star Michael Richards, who made a horrible racist joke and is now radioactive in Hollywood.
While many can blame the media for political correctness, I don’t blame them. MSNBC and Fox News are always getting in trouble for saying outrageous things. Instead, I blame college professors for being the unknown, unseen, leftist, PC perpetuators hiding behind tenure. These faceless, nameless and brainwashing professors are the ones who teach those buzz words to the next generation, and they are the ones responsible for indoctrinating young people across college campuses. Professors are the ones who teach institutional racism, that Christianity is the true religion of sexism and violence, and that America was founded by racist white men. I know. I was there in the 1990s, and my high school students come back and tell me stories about being made fun of for being conservative.
So to answer Seinfeld’s famous “Who are these people?” rhetorical question, it’s the professors. In fact, to all you parents out there, I suggest you see what your $100,000 is going toward and make sure you ask your college kid what he’s learning before it is too late.