Some people may consider Jerry Seinfeld one of the most popular comedians of our time. Some may also consider Jerry Seinfeld one of the most unfunny, popular comedians of our time. But chances are, he doesn’t care either way.  What else doesn’t Seinfeld care about? Being politically correct when it comes to the lack of diversity in comedy. Who needs it? If you’re funny, you’re funny is what Seinfeld seems to think.

In a recent sit-down with  BuzzFeed Brews with CBS This Morning, Seinfeld said it is “anti-comedy” to approach the genre like it’s “the census.” Seinfeld was asked why he featured so many white men in his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and seemed to become irritated at the question.

“It really pisses me off,” he said. “People think [comedy] is the census or something, it’s gotta represent the actual pie chart of America. Who cares?”

 “Funny is the world that I live in. You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested,” he said. “I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that.”

When it comes to having a diverse cast on his self-titled show, we all know that definitely didn’t happen. But Seinfeld has always given props to comics like Pryor, who he called  “the Picasso of our profession,”and even Bill Cosby and called himself “not that funny” by comparison.

On one hand, I completely get what he’s saying. I grew up watching stand-up comedy and my tastes varied from Eddie Murphy to George Carlin. Pryor to Andrew Dice Clay.  To me, funny didn’t have a skin color or gender and it still doesn’t.

But not everyone agrees with Seinfeld. Gawker writer, Kyle Chayka, took Seinfeld’s statements one step further and said, “He seems to suggest that any comedian who is not a white male is also not funny”.

 

Clutchettes, what do you think about Seinfeld’s comments?

  • jbourne

    “But Seinfeld has always given props to comics like Pryor, who he called “the Picasso of our profession,”and even Bill Cosby and called himself “not that funny” by comparison.”

    Can you people read comprehensively or are you a bunch of the same uninteresting, annoying, knee-jerk fools? Even this assinine blog contradicts themselves. First they say the quote above then say “But not everyone agrees with Seinfeld. Gawker writer, Kyle Chayka, took Seinfeld’s statements one step further and said, “He seems to suggest that any comedian who is not a white male is also not funny”. He JUST SAID PRYOR was better then him and called him the Picasso of comedy!!

  • jbourne

    Is there Asian privilege? This “white privilege” thing is a racist comment in and of itself. You’re very hateful and its scary. Seek help.

  • jbourne

    Solid comment….for an imbecile. Tyler Perry seems to have no concern about racial diversity in his shows/movies either, but he’s still funny. I believe he’s funny and I’m white, and GASP, I’m a male too! You my friend are the racist. What he said (in context, which is something people like you MISS) is that he doesn’t care if you’re a man or a woman, or if you’re black or white, but rather whether or not you’re funny. He loves Chris Rock, constantly praises Pryor and Cosby (as noted in the article, JUST READ instead of jumping) and has always praised the Elaine character and the fact many laughs and favorite moments came from female characters. Not to mention characters like Sid, Jackie Childs and the coffee shop manager who are wise, hilarious and reoccurring. Check your closet, I think YOU are the one with skeletons.

  • jbourne

    An ALL BLACK magazine accusing someone of racism. LOL Typical.

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