We all remember the hilarious 90s sitcom Seinfeld, starring Jerry Seinfeld, Elaine Benes, Cosmo Kramer, and George Costanza as reruns continue to play on our TV screens today. According to Bustle, millennials are now claiming that Seinfeld is an offensive show due to several episodes being ‘insensitive’ and ‘stigmatizing towards some societal group’.
Millennials have dug up some scenes, lines, and jokes from the TV show that they believe validates their claims even further that the show is insensitive. With all this being said, Jerry Seinfeld has responded to the backlash he’s received. Keep on reading to see what he thinks!
Millennials Find the Jokes Offensive
We’ll start off with what was claimed to be offensive and then segue into Jerry Seinfeld’s response. The first joke that millennials found to be insensitive was “the soup nazi” joke. In this episode, a strict chef is named The Soup Nazi because of his demand for army-level discipline. Apparently, this was deemed insensitive because it parodies conditions that Jews were held hostage in at concentration camps during WWII.
The next joke is the “Puerto Rican Flag joke.” In this episode, Kramer accidentally sets the Puerto Rican flag on fire and in order to try and stop the burning flames, he stomps on it.
Next up is the “pig man joke.” Kramer is in the hospital visiting a friend when he encounters an overweight patient who is suffering from mental illness. Kramer thinks the patient has the face of a pig and starts running around yelling “Pig Man!”
Lastly, the “cleavage joke.” Costanza is caught staring at a teenage girl’s cleavage by her father. Later on, he gets his female friend to wear a lowcut top to make the teenage girl’s father stare at her cleavage, in order to prove that it’s totally normal for a man to do that. Millennials find this to be the objectification of women and horribly insensitive.
So, what is Jerry Seinfeld’s response?
Seinfeld has said in the past that he has “frequently spoken publicly about believing that society has become overly politically correct.”
“Hopefully most people can agree that comedy, even “edgy” comedy, doesn’t need to alienate marginalized groups in order to make people laugh, though,” he explains, “Thanks to more modern understandings of what political correctness entails — and why being PC is important — it’s less common these days to find jokes like the offensive ones that often played out on Seinfeld.”
It’s important to note that other publications are providing their own two cents on the matter, and a lot of them don’t agree. The Daily Wire wrote that “so much of our culture today seems to be about finding reasons to hate pop culture from even a decade or two ago.”
All of this controversy surrounding Seinfeld comes after a Christmas season filled to the brim with controversy, as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was called problematic and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was claimed to promote date-rape.
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