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Seinfeld Blames Political Correctness for Decline of TV Comedy

In a candid encounter, Jerry Seinfeld criticized the 'extreme left's' political correctness, condemning its impact on television humor.

Jerry Seinfeld attributes the decline of comedic content on television to the overpowering political correctness imposed by the extreme left, Daily Mail reported.

In an enlightening dialogue with David Remnick on the New Yorker's Radio Hour, Seinfeld expressed his distaste for the current state of political correctness, which he fervently believes is stifling the creative freedom necessary for genuine comedy.

He reminisced when sitcoms such as 'Cheers,' 'M.A.S.H.,' and 'All in the Family' ruled the airwaves in the 1970s and 1980s, a stark contrast to today's television landscape.

Seinfeld pointed out that many comedy enthusiasts are now turning to live stand-up shows, where the only censorship comes from the immediate audience feedback, allowing a more authentic comedic expression.

According to Seinfeld, this shift is due in part to less interference from network executives and showrunners, unlike in the past, when multiple layers of revision and approval would dilute ideas.

The Liberating Realm of Stand-Up Comedy

According to Seinfeld, the essence of comedy thrives under the liberty of instantaneous reaction, something that stand-up comedy provides more freely than television.

This direct feedback mechanism allows comedians to evaluate and adjust their performances in real time, which is vastly different from the tedious script revisions in TV productions.

Seinfeld metaphorically described the creative process in comedy as akin to 'skiing through gates', emphasizing the need to navigate between humor and societal sensitivities skillfully.

In recent years, Seinfeld's outspoken views have also seen him touching on more serious subjects. During an event, he reiterated his support for Israel, reflecting on his time spent in a kibbutz when he was 16, a stance that brought him under the scrutiny of protestors at various speaking engagements, including the State of the World Jewry Address in New York City in February.

Seinfeld's Historical Stance on Comedy and Political Correctness

Seinfeld's concern with overly cautious political correctness is not new. As far back as 2015, he publicly criticized the environment on college campuses, citing it as a reason for comedians to avoid them.

Despite the challenging landscape, he continues to perform, as seen during his appearance at the Philly Fights Cancer event in 2018 and his recent interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in March 2024.

"Why has TV comedy stagnated?" Seinfeld asked during the interview, suggesting that the fear of offending has led to a ‘drying up’ of comedic sources. He argued, "People need comedy desperately, but where is it? The extreme left and their P.C. antics have clouded people's judgments about what should be acceptable humor."

Stand-Up Offers a Unique Freedom for Comedians

Adding to his critique of TV comedy, Seinfeld emphasized the benefits of being a stand-up comedian where one can bear the direct consequences of their jokes.

"It's the stand-ups who truly have the freedom because no one else is blamed if the act doesn't go well. The comedian takes all the blame," he declared, highlighting a contrast to the often committee-driven processes of television.

Why This Story Matters

This story underscores the challenges comedians face in today's hyper-sensitive cultural climate. It illustrates the importance of balancing sensitivity with freedom of expression and how the shift from TV to live performances might signal a broader change in media consumption preferences.

In conclusion, Jerry Seinfeld’s candid critique not only illuminates the struggles within the comedic world but also reflects broader societal changes affecting how humor is perceived and delivered.

It remains to be seen whether this will foster a new golden age of stand-up that respects both creativity and sensitivity or continue the trend of cautious comedy.

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Written By: Rampart Stonebridge

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