An anonymous “politically correct” college student wrote to Jerry Seinfeld urging him to be prejudicially offensive in order to “provoke thought … [and] spur social dialogue about these issues,” in an open letter published in The Huffington Post.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld stated in an interview on “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd that he, like other comedians such as Chris Rock and Larry the Cable Guy, was reluctant to perform at universities due to how “politically correct” college students are these days.
“I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC,'” Seinfeld said, “[Students] just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist;’ ‘That’s sexist;’ ‘That’s prejudice.'”
The anonymous student confirmed Seinfeld’s concerns by saying that “college students today are more sensitive to issues of race and gender politics,” and that “sexist humor and racist humor can no longer exist in comedy because these concepts are based on archaic ideals that have perpetrated injustice against minorities in the past.”
However, the student also states that “provocative and offensive” humor is condoned (if not encouraged!) so long as there is an “underlying social message [and] central truth” beneath the comedy.
“Offend the fuck out of college students,” the student said, “Provoke the fuck out of me.”
The student also referenced the works of other contemporary comedians such as Amy Schumer and Louis C.K. to emphasize his claims against Seinfeld. “Schumer … managed to make a topic that most could never conceive of even making humorous,” he said, “Rape.”
“[And] Louis C.K.’s bit about how much he loves being white may be … construed as being ‘racist’ in a traditional sense … [because] he says, ‘I’m not saying that white people are better, I’m saying that being white is clearly better, who can argue!‘”
“Yes, Mr. Seinfeld, we college students are politically correct. We will call out sexism and racism if we hear it,” the anonymous letter writer said, “[But] as college students who are engaged in a myriad of social, economic, and political issues, it’s our duty to be actively engaged and educated about issues of sexism, racism and prejudice.”
To stamp his final argument, the letter’s author quoted Todd Glass, a stand-up comedian who had commentary on young comedians avoiding sensitive social issues in their bits.
“Offend the living fuck out of people,” the student quoted, “Just make sure you’re … offending the right people.”