From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, we learn that at least two famous comedians have decided not to perform on college campuses, and for the same reason: colleges are too “politically correct,” that is, they embody the humorless offense culture:
Jerry Seinfeld himself has taken a stand — against political correctness on campus. The 61-year-old comedian told an ESPN interlocutor that he avoids performing at universities because of trigger warnings, speech codes and other First Amendment umbrage.
“I don’t play colleges,” Seinfeld said on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.” “… I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.'”
. . . Cowherd: “Does it hurt comedy?
Seinfeld: “Yes it does.”
As Seinfeld reported, he is not the only comedian to comment on colleges’ perceived uptight-ness.
“I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is because they’re way too conservative,” Seinfeld compatriot Chris Rock told Vulture last year.
“Not in their political views — not like they’re voting Republican — but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody,” Rock said. “Kids raised on a culture of ‘We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose.’ Or just ignoring race to a fault.”
So much worse for the colleges. I especially like Chris Rock. Here’s one of his bits that, though not nearly as salacious as many of his performances, would still not go down well on campuses:
Apropos, here’s today’s Pearls Before Swine strip by Stephan Pastis, a comic I don’t really know:
h/t: Terry, jsp, John S