Comedian Jerry Seinfeld said in a recent radio interview that political correctness is hurting stand-up comedy.
He said that comedians he knows have told him that they stay away from playing at college campuses because students are too "PC."
"I don't play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, 'Don't go near colleges. They're so PC,'" Seinfeld told ESPN's Colin Cowherd.
Seinfeld's comments reopen the age-old debate on whether comedians should be given carte blanche to do what they do best: be funny. And it's a question that feels more relevant than ever. On the one hand, American comedy is experiencing a Golden Age of sorts. On the other, we’ve become more aware and sensitive over issues like gender inequity, the wealth gap, the disenfranchisement of ethnic minorities.
Where's the line? Does stand-up comedy have an ethical responsibility to not offend?
Daniel Dominguez, TV writer for Nickelodeon and comedian
Maz Jobrani, comedian, his new book is “I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV: Memoirs of a Middle Eastern Funny Man” (Simon & Schuster, 2015)