A sure sign that Jerry Seinfeld touched a nerve in liberal America with his recent remarks about political correctness is that Whoopi Goldberg has stepped into the fray.
On Thursday’s episode of “The View, Goldberg took on the unenviable task of defending the politically correct culture in America.
“Listen, comics are always offensive, that’s our job,” she said. “We offend everybody.”
Having said that, Goldberg then went off in an entirely different direction, suggesting comedians should tailor their material to suit the sensibilities of their audiences.
“But having been on the other side of some of these jokes, yeah, people don’t want to hear them,” she added. “Gay people may not want to be referenced that way. I think they have the right to say that, and I think we’ve got to find other ways to be funny if that’s what it is.
“If you feel like it’s too hard to be funny without perhaps offending somebody, maybe you should find different stuff.”
This is coming from the same woman who defended comedian Daniel Tosh for joking about rape.
When asked if there was a place for rape jokes, Whoopi replied, “If it works, then it’s okay.”
And then there’s the “bat joke,” in which she uses the “n-word.”
“Was it wrong, or was it funny,” she asked the audience afterwards. “It’s not a joke you can tell other people. But it’s funny.”
Later in the day, Fox News commentator Bernie Goldberg — no relation to Whoopi — threw fuel on a slow-burning fire by challenging Seinfeld to take his disdain for political correctness a step farther and properly assign blame.
“Why don’t you say that liberals created that creepy culture, that too many liberals have become authoritarian?” he asked during a segment of the “O’Reilly Factor.”
In a move that puts the liberal spin on the story to bed, the far-left website Salon.com went after Seinfeld, saying his “anti-P.C. tirade isn’t just stale and lame — it’s cowardly.”
— Salon.com (@Salon) June 11, 2015
With a heavy dose of snark, author Joel Engel responded to the tweet, agreeing that “it’s comedians who need to grow thicker skin, not the people who complain about ‘microaggressions.'”
Here’s Engel’s tweet and a sampling of other responses from Twitter:
@Salon Yeah, that’s right, it’s comedians who need to grow thicker skin, not the people who complain about “microaggressions.”
— Joel Engel (@joelengel) June 11, 2015
— Jarrad James (@JarradJames12) June 11, 2015
@Salon Political correctness is a joke. Thanks for proving his point.
— TungstenOrWolfram (@anarchohindu) June 11, 2015
— Daxton Brown (@daxtonbrown) June 11, 2015
— B A L D W I N (@baldwin100) June 11, 2015
@Salon You prove Seinfeld’s point within the 140 character limit AND I don’t have to click on the article? Everyone wins.
— John (@goodtillclose) June 11, 2015
@Salon judging by the way you have responded it looks like Jerry hit the nail on the head
— paul fitzgerald (@pfitz7) June 11, 2015
— Vermin McCann (@VerminMcCann) June 11, 2015
@Salon “He’s not funny anyway” = sour grapes
— Smails Hat (@SmailsHat) June 11, 2015
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