You can’t joke about life, society, culture, the daily human rat race with college kids. They’re just too serious. Jerry Seinfeld recently said on The Herd that political correctness hurts comedy. Comedians are saying that they don’t play colleges because the kids there are too politically correct and they fear reprisal and being labeled a bigot.
Seinfeld told Colin CowHerd, “They just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist;’ ‘That’s sexist;’ ‘That’s prejudice,’” he said. “They don’t know what the f—k they’re talking about.”
I agree with Jerry, but comedians refusing to play colleges because the kids are too PC is a disgrace. People being too sensitive and being offended by everything should be a comedians fuckin’ dream come true. If I was a comedian, playing to a bunch of butt-hurt pussies at a college would be like fuckin’ Christmas.
George Carlin once said, “The duty of the comedian is to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately“. Carlin was absolutely right…
The fact that comedians are too intimidated by the rhetoric of college kids to even entertain the crowd is the complete fuckin’ antithesis of comedy. Ol’ Lenny Bruce is somewhere beyond the grave devastated. I can understand the common person not wanting to get dogpiled by a bunch of PC fanatics, but not comedians. It is your duty as a comedian to take any piece of reality and twist it to absurdity until it oddly makes sense again, break the molds, and take the most serious shit in life and laugh about it until we all feel better…and most importantly LEARN.
By cowering away from these diehard evangelical social justice warriors, you’re confirming in their minds that comedy is wrong and should be eschewed at all costs, even at the cost of removing the right to speak freely. It gives them, in their own sheltered version of reality, the credence that they have a right NOT to be offended.
In other words, they don’t think you should have the right to free expression. Even comedy should be banned… because comedy is the harbinger of “real injustice and hatred”. *head desk*
The fact that these people are so offended gives you material.. it practically writes itself. Don’t let the opportunity go to waste. MAKE them think outside of their bullshit, comfortable, coddled little lives.
Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Bill Hicks, etc all dealt with harsh criticism from their peers and routinely got shit from politically correct idiots but they stayed true to their talents and remained 1st amendment absolutists until the bitter end. Shame on anyone who cannot respect this proud tradition enough to rattle a few cages fearlessly.
They didn’t pave the way of comedy for you, as a comedian, to run in fear from a bunch of fuckin’ pc militants.
Keep thinking and speaking freely, the world needs more healers.
“I’m not a comedian, and I’m not sick. The world is sick and I’m the doctor. I’m a surgeon with a scalpel for false values. I don’t have an act, I just talk. I’m just Lenny Bruce” `Lenny Bruce.