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Memo to Jerry Seinfeld: Welcome to Our World

Bernard Goldberg

By Bernard Goldberg

Published June 12, 2015

 Memo to Jerry Seinfeld: Welcome to Our World

Jerry Seinfeld has been in the news lately because of his supposedly controversial observations about how the PC culture has gotten "creepy." Jerry apparently has just discovered that you can say something with absolutely no malicious intent, and still be tarred as a racist or a sexist.

Really, Jerry? This is news to you?

It started with an interview on ESPN radio, when Seinfeld said, "I don't play colleges but I hear a lot of people tell me, 'Don't go near colleges, they're so PC.' I'll give you an example: My daughter's 14. My wife says to her, 'Well, you know, in the next couple of years, I think maybe you're going to want to hang around the city more on the weekends so you can see boys.' You know, my daughter says, 'That's sexist.' They just want to use these words. 'That's racist. That's sexist. That's prejudice.' They don't even know what they're talking about."

Then on Late Night with Seth Meyers he picked up where he left off, this time telling a story about how uptight people are when the subject is about gays.

"I do this joke about the way people need to justify their cell phone," he said. They say, 'I need to have it with me because people are so important.' I said, 'Well, they don't seem very important, the way you scroll through them like a gay French king.'" As Seinfeld said this he made an exaggerated hand motion. "I did this line recently in front of an audience — comedy is where you can kind of feel, like, an opinion — and they thought, 'What do you mean, gay? What are you talking about gay? What are you saying gay? What are you doing? What do you mean?' And I thought, 'Are you kidding me?'"

Here's a better question, Jerry: Are you kidding us? Conservatives have been complaining about the creepy PC culture forever. And you just discovered it? Welcome to our world, Jerry. And while I'm sure Jerry is a bright guy, there's something he still hasn't figured out: It's his liberal pals who are responsible for the creepy PC culture that has him so worked up. It's holier than thou liberals who call conservatives racists and sexists and everything else — simply because they disagree on a whole host of social issues.

Seinfeld isn't showing courage when he takes on the oppressive PC culture that has dominated many of America's college campuses. Courage would be speaking truth to power — and taking on liberals who are guilty of trying to shut down ideas they don't like.

And it's not just uptight sanctimonious liberal twits on college campuses who have become unbearable. It's uptight sanctimonious liberal Hollywood twits too.

Remember when Sony pictures private emails got hacked and exposed an exchange between Sony co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin — emails about President Obama and whether he likes movies about black people. This was deemed racist by the liberal PC police (and by media conservatives who didn't want to miss an opportunity to bash Hollywood). Pascal was in full mea culpa mode and desperately needed absolution. So who did she go to? Who else: Al Sharpton.

Talk about creepy. But I don't remember Jerry saying anything about that.

Next time Jerry goes on a radio or TV show to tell us how upset he is about the PC culture, I hope he has the guts to say the reason things are as bad as they are is because too many liberals have become authoritarians and they've forgotten how to be liberal.

Let's see if loveable Jerry remains loveable (to his liberal pals) after he says that.

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