Julia Louis-Dreyfus Defends Sensibilities from PC Culture in Wake of Seinfeld's Anti-PC Comments

Nick Kangadis | June 11, 2024
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When it comes to political correctness and its effect on society and people that used to be fun, you have to ask the question, ‘Is it the times that have changed, or the people?’

In the wake of recent comments in multiple capacities by legendary comedian and sitcom star Jerry Seinfeld, some in Hollywood — including those that benefitted from being around Seinfeld — have changed their tune in line with the prevailing ‘Though Police’ that like to shun those that don’t fall in line with narratives and pre-approved speech.

Case in point is what actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus told the New York Times in a recent interview concerning Seinfeld’s comments about the plight of political correctness on comedy and, basically, how people should fall in line and go along to get along.

“If you look back on comedy and drama both, let’s say 30 years ago, through the lens of today, you might find bits and pieces that don’t age well. And I think to have an antenna about sensitivities is not a bad thing. It doesn’t mean that all comedy goes out the window as a result. When I hear people starting to complain about political correctness — and I understand why people might push back on it — but to me that’s a red flag, because it sometimes means something else. I believe being aware of certain sensitivities is not a bad thing. I don’t know how else to say it.”

What a profoundly sanitized answer…politically correct, if you will.

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Again, in light of her answer, one has to ask, ‘Is it that the comedy hasn’t aged well or maybe is it the comedian who hasn’t aged well?’

Sure, I absolutely understand that certain jokes can be dated, but that’s in the context of referencing things that maybe are no longer used in society or pop culture references that most people wouldn’t understand because they were of that time. The topics themselves, of which many are universal throughout time, don’t have the same danger of aging poorly, because human nature is human nature.

When the NYT interviewer followed up and asked whether certain things from years past are no longer funny or whether things “are funny now that you didn’t notice before,” Louis-Dreyfus once again gave the most political answer possible as to not get herself in hot water one way or the other.

“Oh, that’s a good question,” Louis-Dreyfus said. “We’re going to have to revisit that question, because I don’t quite know how to answer it.”

To take a line from an 80s movie that some people who don’t know how to have fun think is dated today, ‘Answer the question, Claire!’

 

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