Comedian Jerry Seinfeld knows a thing or two about telling jokes, but he’s currently getting attention for making a grim forecast for the future of comedy.
In a June 4 ESPN Radio interview with Colin Cowherd, Seinfeld, 61, says the nation’s trend toward political correctness makes it hard for comedians to be funny.
“I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me ‘Don’t go near colleges,’ ” he said. “They’re so PC.”
As an example of the younger generations’ tendency to find certain topics offensive, Seinfeld offers a story about his 14-year-old daughter.
“My wife says to my daughter, ‘In the next couple of years, I think you’ll want to be hanging around the city more on weekends, so you can see boys.’ You know what my daughter says? ‘That’s sexist.’ ”
“They just want to use these words. ‘That’s racist.’ ‘That’s sexist.’ ‘That’s prejudiced.’ They don’t even know what they’re talking about,” Seinfeld said.
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Seinfeld goes on to say that he makes jokes about the subjects he talks about because he’s learned he can get a laugh out of them. “If I wanted to say something, I would just say it,” he said.
You can hear these remarks in the below clip of the interview.