Jerry Seinfeld isn’t backing down on his belief that America’s increasingly politically correct culture is killing comedy.
Appearing on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Wednesday morning, Seinfeld decried how politically correct critics “keeping moving the lines in” on what is out-of-bounds to joke about.
“They keep moving the lines in for no reason,” Seinfeld said. “I do this joke about the way people need to justify their cell phone. ‘I need to have it with me’ because people are so important. Well I say, ‘well, they don’t seem very important the way you scroll through them like a gay French king,’ you know.”
“I did this line recently in front of an audience and comedy is where you can kind of feel like an opinion. And they thought, ‘what do you mean gay?'” he continued. “‘What are you talking about gay? What are you talking gay? What are you doing? What do you mean?’ You know, and I thought, ‘are you kidding me?'”
Seinfeld’s comments come days after he told a radio show that he doesn’t perform on college campuses in part because he hears “they’re so PC.”
This is hardly the first time Seinfeld has spoken out on the scourge of political correctness. Asked by BuzzFeed in 2014 about criticism that his “Comedian In Cars Getting Coffee” online show had so far included mainly “white males,” he replied that viewing comedy as a “census” is essentially “anti-comedy.”
“People think it’s the census or something,” he said. “This has 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. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that.”