Comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock say they will no longer perform at college campuses because they believe students are now “too politically correct.”
They say students are so wrapped up in being inoffensive, that they miss the mark with comedy.
In an interview with New York, Rock says he has found students to be too conservative and sensitive.
“Not in their political views – but in their social views and willingness not to offend anybody…You can’t say ‘the black kid over there.’ No it’s ‘the guy with red shoes.’ You can’t even be offensive on your way to be inoffensive.”
Seinfeld agrees, saying in the younger generation, there is increasing intolerance towards free speech.
“My wife says to my 14-year-old daughter, ‘Well, you know, in the next couple years, I think maybe you’re going to want to be hanging around the city more on weekends, so you can see boys.’ And you know what my daughter says? She says, ‘That’s sexist’…They just want to use these words…They don’t know what they’re talking about.”
Seinfeld says this type of attitude ends up hurting comedy.
Listeners to the Sean Leslie show on CKNW seemed to agree.
“We talked about this yesterday at work…there were about half a dozen young guys and girls sitting there. They are convinced, and they told us, ‘We have to change the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Because of Freedom of Speech, and due to somebody’s right not to be offended. And that this trumps anybody’s right to Freedom of Speech…we were all shocked, and none of us could believe this.”
“I don’t think it’s people becoming more politically correct, it’s just becoming more polarized. There’s just a big group on one side trying to enforce this political correctness, and on the other side there’s an equally frighting group pushing back against this idea of tolerance…Our society likes to have our own views reinforced.”
Listen to Sean Leslie talk more about this earlier on CKNW: